Interislander confirms purchase of roro VALENTINE

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Interislander has confirmed it will buy the former CLdN roro VALENTINE to provide resilience and secure freight capacity heading into the busy summer and Christmas period.

Interislander leased the roro in November 2021 to provide freight capacity across Te Moana-o-Raukawa Cook Strait while repairs were undertaken on the KAIARAHI gearbox.

KiwiRail has exercised the purchase option, buying the ship from Gotland Shipping (see our news from 2 December 2021).

CLdN and DFDS to cease the slot charter agreement

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CLdN and DFDS have agreed to cease the slot charter agreement to allow both parties “to focus on their customers’ needs.”

Going forward, CLdN will operate the full capacity of the additional sailings introduced in January this year on the direct route Rozenburg vv Killinghome.

Terminating the call at Vlaardingen will allow for a later departure from Rozenburg, answering customers’ requests for just in time deliveries for example refrigerated cargoes, in addition to faster turnaround of equipment.

Tallink Grupp sells cargo vessel SEA WIND and reorganises cargo vessel operations on Muuga-Vuosaari and Paldiski-Kapellskär routes

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Tallinn Swedish Line Ltd sold roro SEA WIND (1972) and delivered her to the new owners, 26 April 2022.

As a result of the sale, Tallink Grupp has reorganised its cargo operations on the Muuga-Vuosaari and Paldiski-Kapellskär routes. (schedules)

  • REGAL STAR will now operate on the Muuga-Vuosaari route in the former SEA WIND schedule
  • SAILOR will continue to operate on the Paldiski-Kapellskär route with extra departures

One team, one brand, one CLdN

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Since 25 April, all CLdN companies (CLdN RoRo/CLdN Cargo/C.Ro Ports) will use the common brand name “CLdN”.

A common brand name is a logical next step for CLdN. By having further integrated the roro, ports and door-to-door activities over the past couple of years, closer cooperation and communication between different business departments was stimulated which boosts CLdN’s business development and continuous strive towards operational excellence.

Being able to offer fully integrated door-to-door and quay-to-quay transport using their own trailers, containers, port infrastructure and vessels is a unique strength, which ensures that robust and reliable transport solutions can be guaranteed to CLdN’s customers.


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CLdN ro-ro signed a contract with Hyundai Mipo Dockyards for two hybrid 8,000 lane meter ro-ro vessels.

After the delivery of the new 5,000 lane meter LNG vessel FAUSTINE at the end of last year and the expected delivery of her sister SERAPHINE later this month, CLdN has now placed an order or for two new super-efficient 8,000 lane meter vessels with a technologically advanced propulsion train.

The order represents the largest investment in CLdN’s history and is a result of two years of intense engineering and development together with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.

The new vessels, cargo wise, are modelled on the two 8,000 lane meter ships CELINE and DELPHINE, which CLdN operates since 2017.

Hybrid design

The new ships will be equipped with two LNG dual fuel main engines (ME-GI type) of 11MW each, as well as two electric propulsion motors of 6MW each.

In full electric mode the ship can achieve a cruising speed of 16-17 knots.

Both vessels will also be future proofed, to allow expansion or integration of technological advancements as time moves on. Compared with CLdN’s largest vessels currently in operation, the new ships will further reduce GHG emissions by 40% and will be NOx TIER III compliant.

Reducing carbon footprint

In 2021, CLdN announced they are the top performer amongst their ro-ro shipping peers in Northwest Europe for CO2 emissions per tonne of freight carried. These new vessels will strengthen CLdN’s current position as greenest ro-ro operator and push its ambition to further reduce its carbon footprint.

By investing in technologically advanced ships and terminals, CLdN enables its customers to improve their carbon footprint and support them at the same time in making their supply chains more efficient and robust.

Source: CLdN Press Release

Space charter agreement CLdN – DFDS on Rotterdam – River Humber

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On 1 January 2022, UK customs procedures become more stringent. (*)

As a result, freight customers demand for earlier arrivals into the UK, and improved frequency. Therefore, DFDS and CLdN have entered into a Space Charter Agreement.

DFDS and CLdN will each provide one additional vessel, on a rotation Rozenburg – Vlaardingen – Killingholme from Sunday through Friday.

“At the moment we do indeed arrive at Killingholme at 07:00, but the early arrival (at 05:00) of this additional sailing makes all the difference for customers as it allows them to do an extra trip in the UK, which is very interesting given the traction problem there,” says a CLdN spokesman. “In addition, the earlier arrival is important for certain product groups.”

In Rotterdam, customers will have the possibility to load and discharge cargo in either Rozenburg and/or Vlaardingen.

DFDS and CLdN will continue operating all sailings independently including all related commercial activities.

This additional service will start on 11 January 2022.

Extra advantage: by going to C-Ro’s terminal in Killingholme, any congestion at DFDS’ terminal in Immingham will be relieved.

(*) [BOM, border operating model, explained by Dutch Government]


  • In 2020, DFDS and CLdN signed space charter agreements on Zeebrugge – Gotenburg.
  • In 2021, DFDS and P&O Ferries entered a space charter agreement on Calais – Dover.
  • Stena Line will move its Europoort RoRo service from Killingholme to the nearby Port of Immingham commencing 1st January 2022, where Stena Line will be able to offer increased terminal capacity and be a service provider of both terminal and shipping operations to the company’s freight customers. Stena Line’s other North Sea route on the Humber, the Hoek van Holland-Killingholme RoPax service, will remain and continue in Killingholme.

KiwiRail: replacement ferry to boost Interislander service

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KiwiRail has chartered the CLdN Kawasaki-type roro VALENTINE for an initial 12 months.

It is due to arrive in mid-December.

Ropax KAIARAHI (ex STENA ALEGRA) requires major repairs to its gearbox after its sudden failure, and those repairs are expected to take at least until March.

The remaining two Interislander ferries, ARATERE and KAITAKI cannot serve the market alone. The freight-only ferry will free up space for passengers and their vehicles on the other ferries, ensuring New Zealanders can travel during the summer holiday season.

RoRo Capacity Continent – Ireland Continues To Increase

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Last week Grimaldi announced the start of an Antwerp – Cork roro feeder service.

Now CLdN says it will increase sailings between the Continent and Ireland, from eight to ten in each direction, on a weekly basis.

  • When: probably as from week 20
  • Routes: Zeebrugge / Rotterdam / Dublin
  • Ship 1: the 2,600 lane metre CADENA 3, currently being repaired in Rotterdam
  • Ship 2: a 4,000-lane-metre ship coming from the Med
  • Why: strong demand from customers + prepare the way for the introduction of further new builds arriving in Q4 2021 (LNG-powered)

RoRo Merry-Go-Round

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DFDS and CLdN have sold ships to each other, and chartered them back.

  • Ship: MELEQ renamed ACACIA SEAWAYS (Lithuania).
  • Ownership: from CLdN to DFDS.
  • Charter: ACACIA SEAWAYS has been chartered back for continued operation on CLdN’s Zeebrugge-Purfleet-Esbjerg route.
  • Remark: she is a sistership of GARDENIA SEAWAYS and TULIPA SEAWAYS (Vlaardingen – Felixstowe)
  • Ship: GOTHIA SEAWAYS renamed MAXINE (Isle of Man).
  • Ownership: from DFDS to CLdN.
  • Charter: MAXINE has been chartered back to DFDS for continued service in DFDS’ Baltic network during April-May and is expected to join DFDS’s new Calais – Sheerness freight-only service scheduled to commence on 1 June.
  • Remark: She is one of the 3 Wagenborg vessels which were built for the StoraEnso Zeebrugge – Göteborg service. A company within the CLdN sphere owns sister vessel SOMERSET (operated by Stena Line).
  • Ship: UNDINE renamed LIDER TRABZON.
  • Ownership: from CLdN to unknown.