Mink Virus Forces Denmark to Shut Down Passenger Traffic to and from North Jutland

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On 9 November, the Danish authorities introduced restrictions in the Northern part of Jutland, to reduce the spreading and development of a mink virus variant.

It has been decided that all mink herds in Denmark must be slaughtered.

Stena Line has decided to temporarily stop the passenger operation between Frederikshavn and Gothenburg between 9 November and 3 December.

The freight operation on the route will continue to keep the vital supply lines open between Denmark and Sweden.

Passengers are during this period referred to the route between Halmstad and Grenaa, which are not affected by the new restrictions and will continue to operate with both passengers and freight.

Color Line operates its SUPERSPEED 1 and 2 in a freight-only mode.

Fjord Line does not take passengers on its already reduced number of crossings.

Fjord Line and Color Line Forced to Trim the Sails

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With the ongoing pandemic and restrictions on international travel from and to Norway, both Color Line and Fjord Line decided to reduce capacity.

Color Line: Oslo Kiel

  • As from 4 November, cruise ferry COLOR MAGIC will sail in a customized timetable with freight and Norwegian cruise-only passengers (without disembarking in Kiel).
  • Sister ship COLOR FANTASY will be laid up. This means that another 400 employees will be laid off.

Fjord Line: Bergen – Hirtshals and Hirtshals – Langesund

  • As from 27 October Fjord Line will temporarily stop servicing the routes between Hirtshals, Denmark and two ports in Norway: Bergen and Langesund. (until end of year)
  • Norway’s North Sea coast will still be operated by BERGENSFJORD between Stavanger and Hirtshals, in a freight-only mode.
  • Ropax STAVANGERFJORD to be laid up.

Color Line Takes Action to Save Costs and Enhance Efficiency

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Color Line will meet the challenging situation in connection with the pandemic with a comprehensive program for cost savings and efficiency. “The plans will secure jobs and future profitability,” says CEO Trond Kleivdal (photo).

Preliminary analyzes show a need to reduce costs by +/- NOK 300 million. This will lead to a reduction in the number of employees both on board and on land by approx. 300 man-years. In addition, measures will be taken to reduce other operating costs.

“Color Line plans to use as many voluntary schemes as possible in connection with the

downsizing,” says CEO Trond Kleivdal.

Ferry Companies Like Color Line Will Be Able To Save Thousands Of Norwegian Jobs In The Tourism Industry

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A new analysis from Menon Economics and the University of Southeast Norway shows that up to 30,000 jobs can be lost in tourism if Norway does not take necessary measures for the industry. Color Line has sent a press release about this.

By opening the borders to the Nordic countries and Germany this summer, approx. NOK 14 billion of revenue from foreign tourists coming to Norway by sea in the summer of 2020 could be saved. The analysis concludes that opening the borders of these countries will be the most powerful single initiative to revive the tourism industry this summer.

A Good Year for Color Line in 2019

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  • +1.8% passengers (3,850,623)
  • -3.0% freight (177,085)
  • +3.5% operating revenue (NOK 5,320 million)
  • +7.4% operating expenses (NOK -4,215 million)

The difference primarily represents increased bunker costs due to higher oil prices and weaker Norwegian currency than last year, increased operating costs as a result of the start-up of the ro-ro ship COLOR CARRIER, as well as one-off costs related to the start-up of COLOR HYBRID.

IONIAN STAR Ex. BOHUS Is Sailing To Piraeus Soon

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Color Line’s BOHUS is ready to sail -within the next few days- for Piraeus as she was purchased -a few months ago- by Red Star Ferries.

The ship was renamed IONIAN STAR and she left the port of Sandefjord for Piraeus where she is expected to arrive within the next few days.

The classic ferry is expected to be introduced between Brindisi (Italy) – Valona (Albania) and she will probably replace her older fleet mate RED STAR 1 (5.762gt/1965).

IONIAN STAR until recently served the Sandefjord-Stromstad run and she was replaced by COLOR HYBRID.

She is also a sister ship to Seajets AQUA SOLUTION which was purchased in 2018, while her other fleet mate EUROPEAN STAR is still at the port of Brindisi without having any service for the summer of 2019.

TECHNOLOGY

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Sperry Marine Helps Color Line Manage Cost And Compliance Through Proactive Maintenance

Using forward planning for the replacement of critical navigation components means shipowner can best manage operating expenses.

Sperry Marine, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, is undertaking a refit and maintenance programme of the navigation systems of two cruise ferries from Color Line.

Color Line’s Freight-Only Vessel Introduced On Oslo-Kiel

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Color Line has started to operate the freight-only ferry COLOR CARRIER on the route Kiel – Oslo as of 11 January 2019.

On the occasion of its inaugural call, the Lord Mayor of Kiel, Dr Ulf Kämpfer, Port of Kiel Managing Director Dr Dirk Claus and the Executive Manager of Sartori & Berger, Jens Broder Knudsen, welcomed the captain and handed over the traditional inaugural plaques.

The 1,775 lane meter ro-ro ferry offers three roundtrips a week complementing the daily departures of the large cruise ferries.

The freight ferry is an additional growth momentum for the port of Kiel and enables the resumption of intermodal transshipment at the Norwegenkai terminal. The aim is to transship as much cargo as possible via rail.

In order to ensure smooth handling processes for the additional cargo units, the operating area on the Norwegenkai terminal has been expanded by 10,000 m2 already some time ago.