Brittany Ferries, Wärtsilä and Incat partner on zero-emissions ferry project

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Brittany Ferries, Wärtsilä, and Incat have partnered to develop a 137m zero-emissions ferry, leveraging their combined expertise. This project aims to explore design and technical requirements for electric ferries, focusing on short routes as a potential path to net-zero emissions by 2050. The collaboration follows Brittany Ferries’ investment in LNG-powered and hybrid vessels. This initiative underscores the companies’ commitment to sustainable maritime transport and decarbonization, with Brittany Ferries’ CEO highlighting the importance of trusted partners in achieving these goals.

For more details, you can visit the full article on Brittany Ferries’ newsroom.

Fjord1 awards Norwegian Electric Systems autonomous navigation scope

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Fjord1 has contracted Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) to develop systems for automation of vessel functions and autonomous navigation for the four autonomous, zero-emission ferries that will operate the Lavik-Oppedal crossing on the northwest coast of Norway.

The ferry crossing takes 20 minutes, and the route is 5.6 kilometres long.

In close collaboration with Fjord1, NES will develop and deliver the systems for automation of vessel functions and autonomous navigation, including autocrossing and autodocking, that will replace some manual operations on board.

The four newbuild zero emission ferries will operate the route from 1 September 2026 onwards. Complete implementation of automation functions and autonomous systems, including autocrossing and autodocking, will happen from January 2027, while autonomous navigation will be implemented in 2028.

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Portsmouth International Port wins two awards

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Portsmouth International Port is celebrating after a double win at industry Wave Awards.

Dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the cruise industry, the Wave Awards brings together international cruise lines, ports, travel agents and destinations to recognise the very best of the UK’s cruise sector.

Voted by industry experts, Portsmouth faced serious competition from international ports for Best Port, and major organisations for Best Environmental Innovation.

Portsmouth launched its brand new terminal this summer and is heading for a record breaking year for cruise calls. This also follows the announcement the port is on track to be the first UK port to provide shore power across multiple berths for multiple ships, after securing UK government funding to deliver an innovative sustainable energy project by 2025.

Andrew Williamson, Portsmouth International Port’s head of cruise and ferry said:

“It was an honour to represent Portsmouth and pick up not one, but two awards, Best Environmental Innovation and Best Port.”

Grimaldi awarded thr line Civitavecchia-Arbatax-Cagliari

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Grimaldi Euromed has been awarded the subsidized line between Sardinia and Italy mainland, more specifically connecting the ports of Civitavecchia, Arbatax and Cagliari.

Ropax CATANIA has been operating the route for the last 6 months and will be deployed for the next 12 months.

The tender launched earlies this year from the Italy’s transport ministry was for a regular link to be served for 12 months with one ro-pax ship aged less than 30 years and capable of transporting no less than 600 passengers and 820 lane metres ro-ro cargo.

Tender price was fixed at EUR 13 million.

Piraeus Port Gets ‘Best Cruise Port In Mediterranean’ Award

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Piraeus port was awarded as the best cruise port in the eastern Mediterranean region -from MedCruise- at an event held in Genoa within the Mare Nostrum Awards.

The prize was received by the Strategic Planning & Marketing Manager of the Port Authority of Piraeus, Mrs Theodora Riga. According to statistics, for the first five months of 2019, the cruise sector for the port of Piraeus increased by about 14% compared to 2018, while homeporting (arrivals and departures from the port of Piraeus), increased by 24%.