Ferry Crossings of Biodiversity and Climate

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The French Biodiversity Office, in partnership with ADEME and CORSICA Linea, is launching the call for projects “Crossings of Biodiversity and Climate”. The deadline for applications is set for June 16, 2024.

Intended for environmental protection associations in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Corsica, the call for projects “Crossings of Biodiversity and Climate” aims to support animation projects that promote citizen engagement in ecological transition during crossings between Corsica and the mainland.

These animations should:

  • raise awareness among various audiences (passengers, crew, carriers)
  • help understand the impacts of human activities on biodiversity and the challenges related to ecological transition
  • encourage citizens to take action to support transformative changes

The winning associations of the call for projects will carry out animations aboard RoPax A Galeotta during 44 crossings in September 2024, October 2024, May 2025, June 2025, July 2025, and August 2025. Four animation sessions for both crews of the ship will take place dockside in 2025.

More official information here (in French)

Stena RoRo orders a 13th E-Flexer for Corsica Linea

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Stena RoRo has placed an order for yet another Ro-Pax-class E-Flexer vessel from the Chinese shipyard CMI Jinling (Weihai). [announcement]

The vessel will be delivered in the first quarter of 2026 to Corsica Linea and will operate between Marseille and Corsica.

The vessels’ engines are of the multi-fuel type and can run on LNG, conventional marine fuel (MGO) or biodiesel. The vessels have been designed in line with future environmental requirements and, through their technical design, can meet both existing and future international requirements by a wide margin. The vessels will be designed with the classification society notation “Battery power” which means that in the future the vessels will also be able to utilize batteries as a means of propulsion.

This is Stena RoRo’s thirteenth vessel in the E-Flexer series and the first to be delivered to the Mediterranean region.

Biofuel for Corsica Linea

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In a move to improve its environmental performance, part of the Corsica Linea fleet will now be powered by certified sustainable biofuel as from the 2023 summer season.

The biomolecule chosen – EMAG type, made from a blend of recycled cooking oils – achieves an 85% reduction in pollutant emissions compared with its fossil equivalent.

This step has been achieved without any regulatory constraints, with Petroineos as partner.

Corsica Linea’s ambition is to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030.

Just in time and no surprises: Corsica Linea and La Méridionale share the Marseille-Corsica routes until 2029

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The Assembly of Corsica voted on Tuesday 20 December 2022 the attribution of the delegation of maritime public service (DSP) to Corsica Linea (the red ships) and La Méridionale (the blue ships).

Aim: guaranteeing territorial continuity between mainland France and Corsica.

Duration: from 1 January 2023 until 31 December 2029.

Annual cost: EUR 106.7 million (against 93 million for the actual DSP)

Routes:

Marseille-Ajaccio: Corsica Linea/La Méridionale, alternating, daily

Marseille-Bastia: Corsica Linea, 7/7

Marseille-Ile Rousse: Corsica Linea 3/7

Marseille-Propriano: Corsica Linea 3/7

Marseille-Porto-Vecchio: La Méridionale 3/7

Political:

Separatist and Autonomist Opposition voted against, denouncing an increase in costs and the postponement of the creation of a public shipping company (…).

The European Commission had to be convinced that a maritime public service is necessary.

Corsica Linea took delivery of A GALEOTTA

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Corsica Linea took delivery of the new LNG-powered RoPax named A GALEOTTA, built by Cantiere Navale Visentini shipyard in Porto Viro.

The vessel will have the capacity to accommodate 650 passengers and 2,560 lane meters of freight. Also, the ship will be able to carry 150 cars on a separate deck.

Corsica Linea’s ferries provide year-round services from Marseille, the main trading port in France to the Mediterranean island of Corsica. The vessel is to be deployed on the route linking Marseille and Ajaccio / Bastia.

Dutch firm Titan will bunker Corsica Linea’s first LNG-powered RoPax in Marseille, as part of a deal revealed in January this year. Titan will first provide truck-to-ship operations until its 4,500 m3 LNG bunkering vessel KRIOS arrives.

Not possible to book Corsica Linea and La Méridionale tickets for 2023

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  • Corsica Linea and La Méridionale, the two candidates for the DSP 2023-2029 (Delegation of Public Service) cannot open the bookings for 2023, because the DSP has not been finalized yet
  • The Government said it did not want to increase the budget of EUR 187 million.
  • A big issue is the fuel compensation, which was EUR 21 million in 2021, and EUR 56 million in 2022.
  • Another issue is the complaint of local freight forwarders, saying that up to 400 trucks a month have to stay on the quay because a lack of capacity.
  • Although it is about a public service, several people complain about the fact that the decision-making process is not transparent.

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

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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 [2a.cci.fr] 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