Neptune Lines ordered two next generation Ro-Ro vessels in China

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(Note from editor: more PCTC than Ro-Ro, but still worth to know.)

On September 5, 2023, Greek Neptune Lines announced the order of two next-generation vessels, with a capacity 4,200 CEU’s, specially designed for its short sea trades.

Both vessels will be built by Fujian Mawei shipyard in China and will be delivered in 2026.

The new vessels, under the Genesis Project, are the first two of a new series which reflects Neptune’s strategy to supplement its fleet over the next decade, increase relevant cargo capacity by 36% from current core fleet vessels, and reduce emissions to remain well ahead of global targets.

Both vessels have hybrid energy systems – designed and constructed to use battery installation to supply peak power. They are also equipped with dual fuel engines, able to utilize LNG or VLSFO as fuel.

The design has been developed together with Deltamarin and the vessels will be classed by DNV.

Neptune Lines was founded in 1975 and has a fleet of 19 vehicle carriers, with capacities ranging from 1,500 to 6,500 CEU.

Photo: Neptune Lines

The Construction Of Finnlines’ Newest Vessel To Start

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The construction of Finnlines’ newest environmentally friendly ro-ro vessel was started on 8 June 2020, with the steel cutting in the Chinese Nanjing Jinling shipyard.

The first ro-ro vessel is expected to start operation as early as next year, and the other two in 2022.

In addition to this, Finnlines has also ordered two giant Superstar vessels, which will be pioneer in honouring green values. The total investment including five new vessels is EUR 500 million.

The first steel plates are being cut in the traditional steel cutting ceremony.

In the picture Finnlines’ representative Site Manager Mr Davor Radic.

Start Of Steel Cutting For Onorato Armatori’s First New Building In China

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Onorato Armatori group announced the start of the steel cutting of the first of two new ro-pax units ordered last year to Guangzhou Shipyard International in China by Fratelli Onorato Armatori, company jointly controlled by Achille and Alessandro Onorato, sons of Vincenzo.

This first new building is set to enter service for Moby between Livorno and Olbia, Sardinia island (Olbia). She will be named MOBY FANTASY, thus reactivating a name previously used for another ferry which was sold for scrap few years ago.

The new ship is expected to be delivered in summer 2022 while the second ro-pax unit will follow the following year.

These vessels, which may be followed by further two new buildings currently in option, will be over 237 meters long and 32 wide, 67,000 GT, 550 cabins, 2,500 passengers and 3,800 lane metres ro-ro capacity.

The new ships, designed by OSK-Shiptech, will be slower compared to the most-modern vessels currently employed by Moby but more fuel efficient. With a 23.5 knot service speed and Wärtsilä 9L46F diesel-engines they will burn around 30% less fuel. The new ro-pax ships will be also fitted with hybrid exhaust gas scrubbers and will be LNG-ready.

Damen Hosted Digital Steel-Cutting Ceremony For Ropax Vessel

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Damen Yichang Shipyard in China hosted a steel cutting ceremony with a difference. As a result of safety measures surrounding the global COVID-19 outbreak, the occasion of first steel cut for a Damen RoPax Ferry 6716 for the Government of Timor-Leste was marked by a digital gathering. (27 April).

Attendees of the online ceremony included representatives of the Government of Timor-Leste and Damen employees in both China and the Netherlands. The delegates gathered at their individual computers at 14.50 China Standard time (15.50 in Timor-Lest and 08.50 in the Netherlands) to listen to speeches. After this, Damen Yichang Shipyard General Manager Mr Deng Zhiping pushed the button and the first steel was cut.

When completed, the 67 x 16 metres vessel will operate a route between Timor-Leste’s capital Dili, the Oecusse enclave and the island of Ataúro. She will carry up to 308 passengers, plus vehicles and goods. The project is co-funded by the governments of Timor-Leste and Germany and is scheduled to begin operations in 2021.


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Bore Orders Three LNG Ro-Lo Ships

Bore has signed a new-building contract with Wuhu Shipyard Co.Ltd in China for three new LNG-powered Ro-Lo vessels to be built during 2020-2021.

The new state-of-the-art Ro-Lo vessels will serve under a long-term charter agreement with UPM, a Finnish forest industry company.

The vessel main particulars are; length 120 m, width 21m, DWT 7,000 and a speed of about 15 knots for suitable and economical transport solutions in the trade. They will have ice-class Swedish/Finnish 1A, and will meet the latest technological, operational and environmental standards.

Bore Ltd is in shipping since 1897 and is today a wholly owned subsidiary of Spliethoff Group. Bore manages and charters eight Ro-Ro vessels to established line operators within Europe.

New Construction Of The Stena E-Flexer Continues In China With Keel Laying And Launching

By | 2019 Newsletter week 4 | No Comments

Between 2016 and 2018, Stena RoRo placed orders for eight Stena E-Flexer class vessels with the Chinese AVIC Weihai Shipyard. Construction is continuing according to plan and on 16 January, two ceremonies took place in the shipyard – the launching of the first E-Flexer (STENA ESTRID) and the keel laying of the third vessel in the series. Guests from near and far gathered in a chilly but sunny Weihai in order to witness these solemn ceremonies.

Read this report from Per Westling, Managing Director at Stena RoRo, with more information about the 8 vessels.

New Silk Road: Closing The Gap To Great Britain Via Cuxhaven

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China’s mega project, the New Silk Road, is to intensify international trade between Asia and Europe in the long term through a stronger infrastructure. The project also offers new opportunities for the Port of Cuxhaven. Due to the increasing demand in the United Kingdom for goods from China, DFDS has now established the last link of the transport chain between Great Britain and China via Cuxhaven. DFDS organises and carries out the onward road transport to the Cuxport terminal of goods arriving from China in Hamburg by rail, as well as the following sea transport from Cuxhaven to Immingham.

A Dream Scenario For OSK-Shiptech

By | 2018 Newsletter week 08 | No Comments

Last week, MSC Group and Onorato Armatori have signed a historical contract with Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) for the order of four luxurious ro-pax ferries. OSK-ShipTech is behind the concept design for the largest ferry order ever.
“Our two largest clients are now doing business together, so to us, this is a dream-scenario, where we are appointed designers on the basis of earlier projects and long-term successful cooperation with all parties. This is such a significant project, and this order is a fantastic opportunity to bring our competencies, the yard’s strength and the owners’ joint pool of many years’ of experience into play,” says CCO of OSK Group, Anders Ørgård.
The contract includes an option for four additional ferries of the same type. In any case, this a record ferry order – and a quantum leap for the joint cooperation between GSI and OSK.