Moby also announced that “is voluntarily discontinuing its lawsuit against a group of U.S. and European asset management firms because the lawsuit has facilitated productive discussions between Moby and its creditors including the defendants towards reaching a long-sought agreement on Moby’s restructuring”. (source: note to investors)
CLdN increases capacity by the introduction of additional sailings on its Irish and UK routes.
Zeebrugge – Dublin: from 2 to 3 sailings a week
Zeebrugge – Killingholme: a new Friday sailing (7 sailings per week)
Zeebrugge – Purfleet: extra weekend sailing on Sunday (12 sailings per week).
Two vessels have rejoined the CLdN fleet: WILHELMINE is no longer chartered by P&O Ferries and CADENA 3 (ex MASSIMO MURA) is no longer sailing for Tirrenia Cargo.
After working for Grendi, SEVERINE is now on charter to GNV.
Port of Zeebrugge: Growth of 3% in 2020
Zeebrugge stayed 100% operational during the pandemic. Roro traffic suffered because of the reduced handling of new cars. This drop was compensated by a strong growth in container traffic, LNG and solid bulk.
The port took a lot of initiatives to be Brexit-proof and invested twice as much into new infrastructure.
Modal shift: the port sees an important growth of rail connections, and estuary waterway connections went up 4.2%
- Added a call in Zeebrugge on the route Leixões – Rotterdam, allowing cargo to be transferred to Esbjerg and Göteborg.
- Zeebrugge – Dublin: from 2 to 3 sailings with so-called “Brexit busters”
- Zeebrugge – Cork: new route
- Zeebrugge – Santander: ships VALENTINE en CELANDINE = +40% capacity
- End of ropax service Zeebrugge – Hull, means end of accompanied freight
- Introduction of FLANDRIA SEAWAYS on 4 October 2020, Zeebrugge – Göteborg
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Following a strong start to CLdN’s weekly Con-Ro service from Cork to Zeebrugge, the shipping line announced a second call to accommodate demand. This second direct service from Cork to the EU commenced on 7 January, offering more flexibility to Irish customers, ensuring supply chains are maintained.
How it was:
How it will be as from January 2021:
CLdN is to step up preparations for the end of the Brexit transitional phase on 31st December 2020 by introducing additional capacity on its UK routes.
- Last week 25% extra capacity was added on both the Rotterdam – London and Rotterdam – Humberside routes.
- In addition, and from week 42, an extra vessel will be deployed and thus a third daily sailing will be added on the Zeebrugge – London route to serve the growing demand.
One of the reasons for the high demand is the fact that British companies are preparing for a no-deal end of the Brexit transition period by stockpiling essential goods.
CLdN Continues to Adapt Fleet and Capacity Dynamically
CLdN increased frequency on Porto (Leixoes) service to 3 sailings a week (week 40).
CLdN also increased capacity on Rotterdam – UK this week (week 40).
- Rotterdam-Purfleet: +25%
- Rotterdam-Killingholme: +20%
CONDOR LIBERATION Tests Portsmouth
Andrew Williamson, Passenger Operations Manager at Portsmouth International Port sent us this picture of an unusual visitor: CONDOR LIBERATION.
This was part of contingency planning to familiarise the port with handling the high-speed ferries, if Condor Ferries were unable to berth in Poole for any reason.
With effect from week 37, CLdN will operate one sailing per week from Leixões to Dublin, followed by calling Liverpool.
- Threat of disruption on the short Channel routes is an opportunity
- Brexit: administrative burden when using land bridge solutions
- British Government desires to promote unaccompanied solutions
- CLdN anticipates direct EU trade between Iberia and Ireland, linking into Liverpool, UK will offer environmental benefits and be less prone to disruptions or interruptions as seen on the short straights.
- Schedule: Leixões (Friday) – Dublin (Monday) – Liverpool (Monday) – Dublin (Wednesday) – Leixões (Friday).
In June 2020, CLdN started a Santander – Dublin – Liverpool route (FerryShippingNews)
At a rapid pace CLdN expands its roro network and frequencies. The compagnie is also much more active in its communication, a change with the past.
CLdN announced it will now have two weekly departures from Zeebrugge to Esbjerg: one on Saturday (arrival on Sunday) and one on Wednesday (arrival on Thursday).