- Ancona-based company Adria ferries, part of the Frittelli Maritime Group controlled by Alberto Rossi, has just sold the 1979-built ship AF FRANCESCA (ex DOMIZIANA).
- Some sources revealed to Ferry Shipping News that the vessel was assumed to be bound for ship recycling while at the end it was sold to Libyan buyers and will go on operating.
- It’s still unknown whether this North-African player is the same buyer of the SARDINIA REGINA recently sold by Corsica Ferries.
- AF FRANCESCA has been operating for many years on the routes between Ancona and Bari to Durres, in Albania after Adria Ferries bought it from Tirrenia in 2011.
- Main characteristics are: 150m length, capacity for 2,000 pax and 750 lane metres.
The Ancona-based company Adria Ferries has presented the last entry in its fleet: the ropax AF CLAUDIA bought one year ago from Baja Ferries. She was operating as CALIFORNIA STAR in the Sea of Cortez. During summer she was chartered to Grimaldi Lines.
Here below some of the technical details of the ship, set to be deployed on the Italy-Albania route linking the ports of Ancona and Durres:
LOA 186.5m / 2,044 lane meters / 140 lorries and 75 cars in garage / 950 passengers / 76 cabins / 23 knots
The ship passenger capacity will be increased before 2021, in order to accommodate up to 1,800 pax. Number of cabins will be 200.
AF CLAUDIA, in order to be compliant with IMO Low Sulphur Cap 2020, has been fitted with scrubbers provided by the US-based supplier CR Ocean Engineering and installed at Viktor Lenac shipyard (part of Palumbo Group) in Rijeka, Croatia.
The state government’s failure to step-in to ensure the on-time delivery of two new Spirit of Tasmania ships has been criticised as TT-Line is set to meet with the troubled Flensburg-based shipbuilder this week.
AF CLAUDIA is the new name of the former ro-pax CALIFORNIA STAR which was recently bought by the Italian ferry company Adria Ferries. She will be deployed on the Ancona – Durrës maritime link as from next autumn. During the next summer season, the ro-pax unit will be chartered out.
As reported last December in Ferry Shipping News, the head of Frittelli Maritime group and of Adria Ferries, Alberto Rossi, announced the purchase of this ship from Baja Ferries for USD 45 million.
Currently the ship is still operating in Central America.
Other short news:
GNV AZURRA arrived in Brest, France, on 7 June. She will be used as accommodation ship at Damen Shipyards, for the refurbishment of cruise vessel SEVEN SEAS NAVIGATOR.
Virtu Ferries’ JEAN DE LA VALETTE is actually in Cadiz, prior to her Atlantic crossing, which is planned to start shortly. She will operate between Trinidad and Tobago.
Ferry Passengers Increasing (+4%) And Ro-Ro Decreasing (-1%) In The Port Of Ancona
In 2018, 1,151,266 passengers were handled in the port of Ancona, 6% more compared with the year before, and 1,084,235 of those were transported by ferries (+4%).
More in detail:
- 771,874 passengers (+1%) Ancona – Igoumenitsa – Patras
- 221,446 (+7%) Ancona – Split (Croatia)
- 90,832 (+29%) Ancona – Durres (Albania).
The ferry companies active in the port of Ancona are Minoan Lines, Superfast Ferries and Anek Lines (to and from Greece), Grandi Navi Veloci and Adria Ferries (to and from Albania) and Jadrolinija and Snav (to and from Croatia).
As for the ro-ro traffic, 147,650 trucks and trailers were handled in the port in 2018, which means a 1% decrease compared with the previous year.
The Italian company Adria Ferries has just sealed the purchase of a sister ship of the AF MICHELA (see photo), chartered from the Vietnamese owner Vinashin Lines and currently deployed on the Ancona – Durres (Albania) maritime link.
Alberto Rossi, head of Frittelli Maritime group and of Adria Ferries, announced this week the purchase for USD 45 million of a sister ship of the AF MICHELA.
According to some ship brokers the ro-pax in question is CALIFORNIA STAR, built in 2001 by Cantiere Navale Visentini, owned by Baja Ferries and today active in Central America between the Mexican port of Topolobampo, and Pichilingue in Ecuador.
- CLdN decided to introduce an additional ro-ro –ADELINE– on the Rotterdam-London service. From each port there will be two extra sailings per week.
- GNV’s ro-pax ferry LA SUPREMA made a transatlantic crossing, and is now in San Juan, the capital of Maria-ravaged Puerto Rico. She is acting as a relief ship after the hurricane.
- CMA CGM will bring in STENA CARRIER and ARK FORWARDER for their new Morocco Express service (see Ferry Shipping News, week 37). These two Stena RoRo ships have a capacity of about 2,700 lane meter.
- Stena’s former TRELLEBORG, operating as SUNNY between the islands of Qeshm (Iran), has been sold for scrap.
- Ro-pax STENA EGERIA arrived in Durrës on October 8. She has been chartered by Adria Ferries for one year, from Stena RoRo. She replaces the BRIDGE, which was spotted in Port Suez on October 10. STENA EGERIA has been renamed AF MICHELA.
- ABB is going to provide an Azipod propulsion system for the new Viking Line cruise ferry to be built in China, the first installation of Azipod propulsion in a cruise-ferry application.
- Ship2Shore reports that the Onorato Group (Moby/Tirrenia) is aiming at a sale & lease back contract with foreign investors, to cash money from MOBY TOMMY, JANAS, BITHIA and ATHARA.