December 5, 2019

Longest Ferry Ever on Le Havre – Portsmouth

Brittany Ferries’ Cap Finistère is the longest ferry ever to operate on Le Havre – Portsmouth. She replaces Etretat, currently in Poland for annual overhaul.

Cap Finistère will be operating one round trip a week during the next four weeks.

Ventouris Ferries’s Rigel VII With New Livery

Ventouris Ferries’ ropax Rigel VII is sporting her new livery since last week. A fresh coat of white paint plus the Ventouris Ferries traditional signals are giving her a striking appearance. The ship is undergoing her conversion at Kynosoura (Diamantis yard) since September 13, 2019. She will be probably introduced – from the summer season 2020 – on the Italy-Albania run.

She was built in Japan (Imabari) in 1994. Her carrying capacity is for 730 passengers (312 beds), 122 trucks and 278 cars. (1,251 lane meters) but that is going to change.

Ionian Star (Ex-Bohus) in Piraeus Dry Dock

On November 29, Red Star Ferries’ latest acquisition Ionian Star entered the Vassiliadis large dry dock in Piraeus, in order to undergo scheduled repairs and refit.

The classic ship was purchased a few months ago from Color Line in order to replace the older Red Star 1 on the Brindisi – Valona line.

She arrived in Piraeus on September 10 and since then she was laid up to Koros shipyards (Salamis).

Ragnar Johansson Appointed Maritime Personality of the Year

The Göta Älvklubben has appointed Wallenius SOL’s CEO Ragnar Johansson as the Maritime Personality of the Year 2019. Ragnar received the award for his many years of work in developing Swedish shipping.

Göta Älvklubben, based in Gothenburg, is a forum for people from the shipping industry and for media people interested in shipping. Each year, they designate the Maritime Personality of the Year with the aim to make the shipping industry in Sweden more visible. During the year, the nominee must have distinguished himself with new ideas and good entrepreneurship, showing the potential of today’s Swedish shipping.