- Corsica Ferries agreed to buy AMORELLA from Viking Line.
- Ship to be delivered in October 2022.
- Sales price EUR 19,1 million
- Book value as of 30 June 2022 was EUR 3.2 million
- Crew to be offered work on Viking Line’s other vessels
- Viking Line says it is not abandoning the Helsinki – Stockholm route, but it will continue the traffic with one ship during the winter and evaluate strategic alternatives for the continuation of the route
Soon GNV SEALAND will be a new addition to the fleet of Grandi Navi Veloci.
SCOTTISH VIKING, currently operating in the Baltic for Stena Line, is a 2009-Visentini-built ropax with a capacity of 2,255 lane metres and 195 cars.
First the ship will help to replace the vessels that are getting their scrubbers.
In the following months, GNV SEALAND will strengthen the offer and support the further expansion of the connections.
This already started in Q4, 2020, with the charter of FORZA and TENACIA, supporting the lines to and from Sicily.
GNV will also introduce its 2,564 lane metre newbuilding in the spring. (built at Visentini)
GNV also announced that starting from June 2021 the new seasonal line with Sardinia will be operational between Civitavecchia and Olbia – with 5 departures a week from both ports – in addition to the historic summer lines Genoa-Porto Torres and Genoa-Olbia.
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As announced earlier, DFDS starts a new ferry service on 2 January 2021, between Rosslare and Dunkerque.
The ships will be:
- VISBY (chartered from Destination Gotland)
- KERRY (chartered from Stena RoRo)
- OPTIMA SEAWAYS (owned by DFDS, and currently operating on Karlshamn-Klaipeda, only for 1 month on new route)
In the Baltic:
- PATRIA SEAWAYS will move from the Paldiski-Kapellskär route to replace OPTIMA SEAWAYS on the Karlshamn-Klaipeda route. There will be no changes to crewing or flag.
- SIRENA SEAWAYS will be able to maintain the necessary capacity on Paldiski-Kapellskär for the expected volumes at the beginning of the new year.
- OPTIMA SEAWAYS is planned to return to the Karlshamn-Klaipeda route, and PATRIA SEAWAYS to the Paldiski-Kapellskär route, end of January.
Stena Line Continues the Baltic Reshuffle
Normally a press release contains all the answers. Not in the case of Stena Line’s latest, announcing the introduction of larger, faster ships on Germany – Latvia, without saying which ships.
An overview of changes on the Baltic Sea routes.
(all hyperlinks refer to each individual ship on the Stena Line fleet website)
Nynäshamn (Sweden) – Ventspils (Latvia)
- Currently: SCOTTISH VIKING and STENA FLAVIA
- Next year: lengthened STENA LAGAN (early 2021) and STENA MERSEY (during 2021)
Travemünde (Germany) – Liepaja (Latvia)
- Currently: STENA GOTHICA and URD
- Next year: two modern (unknown) ropax ferries.
- 40% extra lane meter capacity
- Shorter crossing time: 20 hours instead of 27
- 12 weekly departures (6 in each direction)
Karlskrona (Sweden) – Gdynia (Poland)
A round table meeting held in Brussels on Wednesday 28 focused on the possibility of expanding the Baltic-Adriatic transport corridor to also include Port of Ystad, connecting Scandinavia to the continent. The Baltic-Adriatic transport corridor is one of the most important trans-European road and railway axes and currently stretches from northern Italy via Bratislava and Vienna to Poland and the Szczecin-Świnoujście port.
Port of Ystad once again celebrated another year of record numbers in 2017, with significant increases in traffic on both routes; Ystad – Świnoujście and Ystad – Rønne.
In the finishing panel discussion, the European Commission representatives stated that Port of Ystad is a likely candidate for becoming a Core harbor, thus becoming part of the transport corridor.
Photo: Danish MEP Jeppe Kofoed (standing) at the round table meeting concerning Port of Ystad.
The Finnlines fleet saw a reshuffle after the purchase of EUROPALINK, last week.
At the end of April, NORDLINK, already renamed FINNSWAN, will move from the Malmö–Travemünde route to the Naantali–Långnäs–Kapellskär route.
She will be one of the first ships of this cargo capacity (4,215 lane metres) to service the Finnlines customers.
Before, she will undergo refurbishment in the public areas.
Tallink loses fairway dues dispute in Finnish court
On December 8, the Finnish Supreme Court has made a judgment on AS Tallink Grupp and its group company AS Hansatee Cargo appeal to the Helsinki Court of Appeal 8 August 2016 judgment on fairway dues dispute against Finnish state.
Pursuant to the Supreme Court judgement the appeal was not granted to refund to the shipowners the fairway dues, charged in excessive extent in the years 2001-2004, with interests.
Photo: AS Tallink Grupp / Meyer Turku / Helfoto Oy
The second edition of the Baltic Yearbook is out
This publication from Baltic Press (Poland) is an ambitious work of 172 pages, giving a comprehensive picture of the region’s port and port-related transport industry, with focus on ro-ro, ferry, container and logistics.
What the global transport sector might look like in 2050 is definitely worth a read.
Photo Mike Louagie
The island of Saaremaa is to investigate the interest of five shipping companies in establishing a ferry connection between Saaremaa (Estonia) and Latvia.
The rural municipality filed a query to Lindaliin, TS Laevad, Tallink Grupp, Kihnu Veeteed and Saaremaa Laevakompanii and expects a reply by Dec. 1.
Silja Line’s former WELLAMO (1975) was anchored in the beautiful waters of the Vietnamese Van Phong Bay (Khanh Hoa) since 2010. She was used as a hotel ship. She was under tow to Haiphong for overhaul when she was hit by typhoon Damrey. She sank on November 4 in the Quy Nhon Sea, four nautical miles southeast of Quy Nhon. In total 11 bodies have been found on several ships that sank because of the same typhoon.
WELLAMO has served companies as DFDS (DANA GLORIA, KING OF SCANDINAVIA), Color Line (COLOR VIKING) and Fjord Line (JUPITER), and has been lengthened in 1988 .