Corsica Ferries testing biofuels with Total Energies

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TotalEnergies group announced that it has implemented the first biofuel bunkering operation in the Mediterranean from a French port.

The operation was carried out in low-profile mode in the past weeks and the ship involved has been the ro-pax ferry MEGA EXPRESS TWO owned by Corsica Ferries.

Some 100 tons of this product, which is made up of diesel and 30% biomolecules, in this case second-generation fatty acid methyl ester, produced from certified sustainable used cooking oil was provided to the ferry with a truck-to-ship bunkering operation.

Although this is still a trial, this solution should be developed by TotalEnergies Marine Fuels for shipping companies as it allows them to keep existing ships, while limiting greenhouse gas emissions by around 20% according to the company’s estimates.

Initial trials were carried out in Singapore in 2022 and the subsidiary signed a bunkering contract with Hapag Lloyd at the beginning of the year.

Grendi and Corsica Ferries exploring new synergies in the ro-ro business

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Grendi Trasporti Marittimi, ro-ro shipping company part of Grendi Holding and controlled by the Musso family, made public the results reached in 2022.

Last year the group’s turnover was EUR 88 million thanks also to 83,871 TEU containers (+3%) and 50,506 ro-ro units (+59%) transported between Tuscany (port of Marina di Carrara) and Sardinia (Cagliari and Olbia).

The CEOs Antonio and Costanza Musso confirmed that the ro-ro vessel named ROSA DEI VENTI and operated on the line, will be purchased by Corsica Ferries at the end of the current 5-year time charter in May for a price of EUR 35 million.

The time charter contract will be renewed with Grendi for further 5 years and this is just one of the new synergies the companies are creating.

Antonio Musso specified that “with Corsica Ferries we are exploring new opportunities and potential synergies. They are not active in the ro-ro market and they would like to increase their presence in the Sardinia region which is exactly our core business. We are also talking about potentially increasing freight transport by sea with Corsica”.

Last year Grendi and Corsica Ferries also submitted a joint proposal for operating the subsidized Civitavecchia – Arbatax – Cagliari ro-pax line which was finally awarded to Grimaldi.

Ro-ro ship ROSA DEI VENTI sold by Visentini to Corsica Ferries

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The 2,430 lane metre ro-ro ROSA DEI VENTI has been sold to Corsica Ferries, some sources told Ferry Shipping News. She was owned by Giovanni Visentini Trasporti Fluviomarittimi.

It’s an option declared at the end of the 5-years bare boat charter agreement with Grendi Trasporti Marittimi. Grendi will continue operating the vessel on the route linking the port of Marina di Carrara with Sardinia (ports of Cagliari and Olbia).

Grendi also extended the time charter agreement of the ro-ro WEDELLSBORG for 17 months. She is owned by Visemar Levante and also operating (since 2021) on the same maritime link in Italy.

Corsica Ferries went shopping in the Baltic, again

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  • Corsica Ferries agreed to buy AMORELLA from Viking Line.
  • Ship to be delivered in October 2022.
  • Sales price EUR 19,1 million
  • Book value as of 30 June 2022 was EUR 3.2 million
  • Crew to be offered work on Viking Line’s other vessels
  • Viking Line says it is not abandoning the Helsinki – Stockholm route, but it will continue the traffic with one ship during the winter and evaluate strategic alternatives for the continuation of the route

Polish Port of Kołobrzeg is looking for a partner to create a terminal and launch a ferry connection

By | 2022 Newsletter week 27 | No Comments

Zarząd Portu Morskiego Kołobrzeg Sp. z o.o. [The Management Board of the Kołobrzeg Seaport Ltd.] is looking for a Partner to create a terminal and launch a ferry connection.

The task will be performed by granting a concession to operate the terminal and operate the ferry connection.

Zarząd Portu Morskiego Kołobrzeg Sp. z o.o. [The Management Board of the Kołobrzeg Seaport Ltd.] has a Functional and Utility Program and Navigation Expertise for specific ferries, which are attached to the procedure.

Corsica Ferries number one in passengers, Corsica Linea in freight

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The Corsican Chambre of Commerce [] publishes monthly the ferry statistics.

When looking at the 2021 results, two main trends are visible:

  • Corsica Ferries (the yellow ships) has the biggest share of passenger traffic, with Toulon as main continental port.
  • Corsica Linea (the red ships) has the biggest share of freight, with Marseille as main continental port

Corsica voted for a new DSP of seven years

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The new delegation of maritime public service (“DSP”) was voted on Thursday (28 April 2022) by the majority by the Assembly of Corsica, after 7 hours of stormy debates between the territorial executive and the opposition.

The new DSP 2023-2029 will cover the connection between five Corsican ports and Marseille. Each year, during seven years, EUR 85 million will be available.

The opposition voted against or abstained, for two main reasons:

  • Repeating a 50-year-old scheme that is in favour of Marseille as continental port (longer distance from Corsica than Toulon or Nice)
  • Eight years is too long and prevents any possible start a Corsica-based ferry company.

From several sources Ferry Shipping News understands that the European Commission acknowledged the need for a subsidized service.

Next step: selecting the ferry operators.

Arm wrestling between Collectivity and Corsica Ferries continues

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At the end of September, the Collectivité de Corse (CDC) was definitively ordered by the Council of State to pay 86.3 million euros to Corsica Ferries in compensation for the damage related to the ‘illegal subsidy’ of its competitor, the former SNCM between 2007 and 2013.

February 10, 2022, was the deadline to settle the entire amount and its interest.

After a long legal battle, condemnation of the CDC, and lobbying, the French State announced that it would grant 50 million euros to the CDC, to help to pay its fine.

Now a procedure has been started by the prefecture for the remaining sum due to Corsica Ferries for an amount of 9.2 million euros (the interests).

SNCM is dead but its ghost continues to haunt the public authorities… and Corsica Ferries

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The Corsica executive council has decided not to include the fine of EUR 86.3 million in the 2021 supplementary budget of the Collectivité de Corse (CDC).

At the end of September, the CDC had been definitively ordered by the Council of State to pay EUR 86.3 million to Corsica Ferries, in compensation for the damage linked to the illegal subsidies of its former competitor SNCM, between 2007 and 2013.

CDC refuses to pay and wants the French State to take its responsibilities. To be continued…