Digitalisation of Color Line’s operations supported by Telenor Maritime’s Unified Hosting Service™

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Sustainability through digitalisation: Telenor Maritime has installed its Unified Hosting Service™ (UHS®) on board Color Line’s fleet of five ferries, supporting the process of digitalising its operations and sustainability strategy.

From January 2023, the open and vendor-neutral data hosting platform enables Color Line to collect, monitor and transmit crew input data and sensor data from the on-board navigation and engine control systems, delivered by different OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers). The UHS® digitalises two major operational activities that were previously handled manually: operational checklists for the crew and the collection of data for the regulatory Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) reports.

The MRV regulation stipulates that data must be logged for each leg of the journey and added to a report for the authorities (EU, IMO) to analyse and monitor the fleet’s pollutant emissions data. With the UHS® installed, this normally tedious, manual task is now automated. Data is collected from the operational technology on board and is seamlessly shared between the ship and the shore. The MRV data is sent directly to the DNV class society for compliance approval. Moving from manual to digital checklists improves the crew’s daily operations, allowing faster and easier communication and information sharing, and access to higher quality data.

Telenor Maritime is proud to partner with Color Line, supporting its vision to become Europe’s leading shipping company within sustainable passenger and goods transportation. The UHS® provides access to all on-board data on one platform, giving the crew and the land-based management organisation the opportunity to create a common set of master data that can be trusted and reused. Having the ability to access data insights on board will empower the crew to make better decisions in their daily operations, making real-time performance optimisation attainable.

Photo: Anders Martinsen

Revenue record for Color Line in 2022

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  • Revenue NOK 5.8 billion (2.6 billion)
  • EBITDA NOK 1.2 billion (211 million)
  • EBIT NOK 598 million (-386 million)
  • 6 million passengers
  • 190,000 freight units (12-m equivalents)

“It is very gratifying to note that strong demand and high customer values ​​on all our routes have resulted in record sales and a historically good operating result. Despite geopolitical unrest and high energy prices, we experienced a large influx of foreign guests in the winter months, a new record in the important high season and a solid pre-Christmas period,” says CEO Trond Kleivdal.

In 2022, Color Line sold its two oldest ships, COLOR VIKING and COLOR CARRIER.

Operating costs increased because of the energy crisis and the sharp rise in wages and prices in 2022. The shipping company therefore carried out risk-reducing measures in the form of securing fuel and currency, and for 2023 has already secured around 80% of the total fuel requirement.

During 2022, net interest-bearing debt was reduced by NOK 966 million to NOK 4,405 million, while available liquidity at the end of the year was NOK 760 million.

Based on good underlying demand, Color Line expects a result for 2023 in line with 2022.

Photo: Octocopterfilm/Glenn Walmann

Color Line improves the energy efficiency of its vessels with Elogrid

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Color Line has ordered the Elogrid solution from Elomatic for two of its passenger car ferries to improve their energy efficiency. The Elogrid grid design for thruster openings reduces the additional resistance of vessels. This reduces fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. Elogrid also enhances the performance of thruster tunnels, which leads to better maneuverability.

Color Line 2021: on the way out of the pandemic

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2021, another demanding year for Color Line, primarily due to major operational challenges as a result of government-imposed restrictions in connection with the pandemic.

Operating revenues were NOK 2.6 billion in 2021, which was in line with 2020 and significantly below NOK 5.3 billion in the last normal year 2019.

Operating profit increased to NOK 211 million in 2021 from NOK -47 million in 2020.

Profit before tax was NOK -591 million in 2021 (NOK -1.2 billion)

Passengers 1,143,480 (1,255,046)

Freight units 180,850 (174,068)

Color Line’s demand quickly rose to the levels ahead of the pandemic as soon as the community reopened in early 2022. The booking rate is now in line with 2019, and the outlook for the current year is therefore very positive.

Color Line expects a result for 2022 that is significantly better than last year, almost in line with a normal year. The company capitalizes on its very loyal customer base, attractive products and a renewed interest in the local markets within tourism, in combination with a more cost-effective operation and positive development in customer values after the pandemic.

COLOR VIKING laid up because of new corona measures

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Color Line has decided to take COLOR VIKING temporarily out of operation on the Sandefjord-Strømstad route on Monday 13 December. This is due to a significant decrease in the number of passengers after the government introduced new national corona measures and requested limited social contact.

The decision entails, in this round, notification of redundancy to just under 100 employees.

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.