April 12, 2024

La Méridionale’s RoPax Kallisté sailed for the first time from Toulon to Corsica (Ile Rousse) on Saturday 6 April, starting a competition with Corsica Ferries.

During summer the vessel will also call at Livorno.

Photo: Jean-Pierre Fabre

It is reported that Seajets’ HSC Speedrunner Jet 2 will operate daily on the Piraeus – Milos – Chania (Crete) line from June 22 to September 22, 2024. The specific itinerary is also confirmed by Seajets’ booking system, while the trip from Piraeus to Crete will last 5 hours. HSC Speedrunner Jet 2 was built in Italy (Fincantieri) in 1997. Her carrying capacity is for 880 passengers and 140 cars, while she can ply at 36 knots.

Photo: Kostas Papadopoulos

The popular Greece – Cyprus line will open for the third consecutive year at the end of May.

Scandro Holding’s RoPax Daleela will depart from the port of Limassol on May 29, while her last trip from Piraeus will be on September 3, 2024.

This year, Daleela will perform only 22 round trips instead of last year’s 44. According to her operator’s data, Daleela transported 12,000 passengers and 2,500 cars in 2023 (7,412 passengers and 2,250 cars in 2022).

Photo: Dimitris Mentakis

The RoPax vessel Kalliste has arrived in Toulon on Thursday April 4th, freshly painted in its new livery. On Saturday, CMA CGM-owned La Méridionale will inaugurate the new route from Toulon to Ile Rousse in Corsica, and Livorno (Livorno only June-September).

Photo: Jean-Pierre Fabre

DFDS reaffirms commitment to the electrification of cross-channel transport after meeting with UK Minister for Investment and Regulatory Reform, Lord Dominic Johnson. DFDS’s long-term goal is to have up to six battery-powered vessels operating on its routes on the Channel, with the first two in service by 2030.

Interesting article about Mann Lines in Port of Turku magazine:

  • Mann Lines is constructing a new RoRo vessel at the Visentini shipyard.
  • The new vessel will be longer, more efficient, and eco-friendly, running on green methanol alongside traditional fuel oil.
  • Innovative technology includes energy-saving hull coatings and air bubble systems to reduce friction.
  • Rotor sails were considered, but their practical durability is uncertain.
  • Shore-side electricity was also explored but deemed unsuitable due to short port stays and high costs.
  • The new vessel, expected in the Baltic Sea by early 2025, represents Mann Lines’ commitment to sustainability and advancement in maritime transportation.

DFDS has announced a series of public meetings in Guernsey and Jersey to gauge public views on future services. It comes after DFDS said earlier this year it was interested in bidding for ferry services in the Channel Islands.

Source: BBC

The new dual-fuel, SRTP RoPax Varsovia, designed by NAOS and built by Visentini was out on sea trials. The vessel will join the Polferries fleet at the beginning of summer.

Photo by C. Sforza and NAOS

Glen Rosa, the second of two dual-fuel vessels being built at Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Limited, was successfully launched into the Clyde on 9 April.

Like her sister vessel Glen Sannox, Glen Rosa is being built on behalf of Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) to service the Arran route.

She is due to be completed by September 2025.

Source: Press release Ferguson Marine