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Ulstein Introduces the X-BOW® In ‘Compact Concept’ Ro-Pax Designs

Ulstein has developed a range of X-BOW® vessels for the ro-pax market. The portfolio is based on a ‘compact concept’ of shorter, wider and slower design solutions, leading to high capacity vessels and less expensive newbuilds.

Ulstein says the ‘compact concept’ increases the competitiveness of such vessel designs by higher revenue making at lower financial and operational costs. “Many ro-pax vessels operate in harsh areas, for which the X-BOW was originally designed. An X-BOW vessel (at the same speed and weather conditions) will use less power than a conventional bow vessel. The design leads to improved seakeeping, and reduced speed loss and fuel consumption, hence a reduced environmental footprint,” says Tore Ulstein, COO Design & Solutions.

Ulstein also offers the ULSTEIN ZED solution , which can also be used on ro-pax vessels to achieve zero emissions for longer periods of time when at port or in environmentally sensitive waters.

“Our ro-pax vessel designs are optimized according to market needs and will be constructed in series for the volume market,” states Tore Ulstein. One potential country for the ship construction is China.

“We have had offices and site teams in Shanghai and Ningbo for many years, and our people have long experience in system integration and site follow-up,” says Tore Ulstein. “More than half of the more than 100 Ulstein designs which have been built outside Norway, have been constructed in China with Ulstein site teams present. We have good relations to our Chinese partner yards and are currently in dialogue with several yards on the construction of these ro-pax vessels.”

The ro-pax range have been developed for volume construction. For clients who request a higher degree of customisation, Ulstein has their own prototype yard, Ulstein Verft, in Norway.


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Moby’s Fine from Italian Antitrust Authority to Be Recalculated

Italy’s Administrative regional court in Rome affirmed on Tuesday that the €29 million fine imposed in March 2018 to Moby by the Antitrust authority has to be recalculated.

The fine was the final result of an investigation which found that Tirrenia CIN and Moby, both controlled by Onorato Armatori, had been involved in aggressive anti-competitive conduct, aimed at hindering the growth of its competitors on the maritime links between Sardinia and Italy mainland.

The investigation followed a complaint filed by ro-ro shipping companies Grimaldi Group and Grendi together with the road hauliers Trans-Isole and Lucianu.

Muuga-Vuosaari Route Soon to Be Operated by Tallink and by Eckerö

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Tallink will start transporting regular passengers with vehicles on the Muuga-Vuosaari cargo route from 12 June.

The ship operating on the route is Tallink’s veteran SEA WIND.

The price for a single ticket for all departures all year round will be the same: €20 for a car and €10 per passenger. The price for the van and long van is also fixed for all departures and is €30 for the van and €40 for the long van all year round for all departures.

The ferry operates on the Muuga-Vuosaari route all year round every day of the week, except Saturday and the trip from Muuga to Vuosaari takes 3.5 hours and the return trip from Vuosaari to Muuga takes 4 hours. For an additional cost passengers can book a cabin, buy breakfast, lunch and dinner, and there is also a shop onboard. The ship is not suitable for travelling for people with disabilities or for passengers with pets.

Eckerö’s recently acquired FINBO CARGO will also go to Muuga harbour, instead of the Tallinn harbour.

LE RIF To Return To Morocco

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LE RIF (12.175gt/1980) will eventually be the third Africa Morocco Link (AML) vessel to operate for Marhaba 2019 on the Algeciras-Tangier Med run.

The ship was finally renamed MOROCCO SUN and will apparently be chartered by AML (AML still needs to confirm).

Ferry Shipping News understands it will initially be for a period of 5 years.

She is expected to make 3 to 4 crossings a day and with her presence she will strengthen the Moroccans on the specific run with three vessels. Currently she is undergoing preparations at Genoa (Jobson Shipyards), while she is expected to be introduced within a month.

Another vessel on charter to AML is AMMAN, from Arab Bridge Maritim. She has been repainted in AML colours and runs between Tanger and Algeciras as from 6 June.

Visemar Trasporti Asked Green Light to Scrap The NORMAN ATLANTIC’s Wreck

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Visemar Trasporti, a company controlled by the Visentini family and owner of the ro-pax NORMAN ATLANTIC, formally asked the local coast guard in Bari the green light for proceeding with the scrapping of the wreck.

The 2009-built ro-pax caught fire in the Strait of Otranto in the Adriatic Sea, en route from Patras to Ancona on December 28, 2014.

The NORMAN ATLANTIC accident became one of the deadlier maritime disasters in recent Greek history.  The bodies of nine victims were recovered from the sea. Nineteen other individuals remain missing to this day, and are presumed dead.

The fire broke out on the car deck just before 6:00 AM local time, just half an hour after leaving the port of Igoumenitsa, which was an intermediate stop on the ferry’s regular route.

Golden Star Ferries HSC SUPER EXPRESS Begins Her Service from Rafina

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On June 14, 2019 – and after many adventures – the latest acquisition of Golden Star Ferries, HSC SUPER EXPRESS (5.903gt/1998), will be introduced on the Rafina-Syros-Mykonos-Paros-Naxos-Koufonissi-Katapola (Amorgos) run. The ship’s schedule has already been posted on the company’s official site. She will depart daily from Rafina port at 16.30, while her return from Amorgos will be at 07.15. The ship flies the Cypriot flag.


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This Is What the Central Port in Gdansk Is Going to Look Like

The Port of Gdansk Authority has been working on the concept of development of the Central Port for nearly a year. Work on the execution of the project is set to begin this year.

Ro-Ro Rocks in Rostock

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Port of Rostock started the construction of two new ro-ro ramps, at the Querkai in Überseehafen.

In order to be able to handle ferries with a length of up to 250m, the quay between berths 41 and 51 will be equipped with two ro-ro ramps.

Prior to this, works started on Berth n° 50 in January 2019.

Photo: State Infrastructure Minister Christian Pegel, 1st Deputy Mayor of Rostock, Dr. Ing. Chris Müller-von Wrycz Rekowski, Rostock Port Managing Director Jens A. Scharner and Dr. Ing. Gernot Tesch.


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Seatruck Now Have Just Short Of 20% Of the Total Irish Sea Ro-Ro Market

Clipper Group a/s improved its operating profit (EBIT) in 2018. It’s ferry division did a very good job.

Seatruck Ferries recorded a volume growth of 7.5% in a market where total volumes grew by 2.7%. Seatruck Ferries now holds 19.9% of the total ro-ro market on the Irish Sea, where the company operates 3 routes between the UK and Ireland with close to 80 weekly sailings.

In 2018, Seatruck Ferries acquired 4 ro-ro vessels for a total consideration of USD 124 million. The company now owns all its 7 ro-ro vessels operating on the Irish Sea plus one additional ro-ro vessel, which is chartered out externally.