Cypriot authorities will announce the ferry operator for the Piraeus-Cyprus line by the end of the month

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By the end of March, the Cypriot Evaluation Committee will announce the ferry operator for the subsidized Piraeus-Larnaca or Limassol line.

  • The specific ferry connection concerns 22 sailings without a stopover.
  • Itineraries will start in April or May and will end in September or October.
  • The one-way passenger ticket will cost 50 euros, while the 2-way ticket will be set at 80 euros.
  • Cars will be only accompanied and the price for the 2-way ticket will be 150 euros, while motorcycles will pay 100 euros. These prices are the highest that the shipowner can set, while based on the subsidy he has the right if he wants to reduce them in order to make the line more competitive.
  • The aim of the specific ferry connection is to provide alternative connectivity between Greece and Cyprus as at the moment it is served only by plane. It is worth noting that the last time there was a Cyprus-Greece ferry connection was 21 years ago.

Liberty Lines to restart a high-speed ferry line between Italy and Croatia

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The Sicilian ferry company Liberty Lines controlled by the Morace family announced that from the end of May (Saturday 28/5) it will operate a new maritime connection from Trieste to Istria and Mali Lošinj, thus saving tourists the usual queues to cross the borders between Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.

Regular daily services (with the exception of Tuesdays) will be guaranteed until September 25th with departures from the Pier IV in Trieste. On the route will be deployed the modern monohull fast ferry MARCO M.

For the Morace controlled company this represents a comeback since in the past, with the brand Trieste Lines, the group already operated a line from Trieste to Pula, Rovinj and Piran.

First in Croatia: Jadroplov Electric Ferry Could Sail in 2024

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The Jadroplov electric ferry, the first large Croatian ship to transport 1,000 passengers and 156 cars without the emission of harmful gases, could sail in 2024, writes Total Croatia News.

The prototype was designed by the Split company “Classis.”

Predrag Čudina, a ship designer, told Slobodna Dalmacija more: “The ship will be built for Split’s “Jadroplov,” with which we have signed a contract for the development of the project. So far, several electric boats have been built in Croatia, but we are talking about the first large Croatian ship to transport a thousand passengers and 156 cars, or about twenty buses and trucks and 89 small vehicles.”

Jadrolinija transported over 10 million passengers last year

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Croatia Week writes that Jadrolinija transported 10.5 million passengers and 3.1 million vehicles last year, which is 85% of the 2019 result and 40% more passengers and vehicles than in the pandemic year 2020.

Even though 2021 was good in terms of business results, the company is cautious about its revenue estimate and expects revenue to be lower than in the pre-pandemic years.

Losses in 2020 were significant and the decline in the number of passengers and vehicles transported has significantly affected the operator’s revenue and liquidity.

In December 2021 the government granted Jandrolinija support in the amount of HRK 52 million to cover its fixed costs. (EUR 7 million)

New Baltic Connection between Liepaja – Karlskrona – Travemünde

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From August 13, Stena Line will be adding a port-call in Karlskrona (Sweden) on the existing ferry route between Liepaja (Letland) and Travemünde (Germany).

“We see an increasing demand for sea transportation in the Baltic region. This is an expansive region where Stena Line already has a strong presence and we are pleased to expand our customer offering. Our intention is to increase the frequency and capacity even further going forward.”, says Erik Thulin, Trade Director Baltic Sea North.

The route between Liepaja and Travemünde is operated by the two Danish-flagged RoPax vessels STENA GOTHICA and URD, both with a freight capacity of 1,600 lane meters. The new weekly port-call in Karlskrona will initially be in the direction Liepaja-Travemünde on Thursday evenings.

Click on the map to see a live view of Stena Line’s freight routes.

Click on a ship to see its details.

Two months ago, Flow Ship Design already came up with a rendering of a hybrid double-ended ferry (diesel-electric), designed to carry 600 passengers and 170 cars.

This ferry is also part of the METRO project, for the Croatian domestic route Brestova-Porozina.

What does the competition do?

TT Line has a route connecting Trelleborg (Sweden) with Klaipeda (Lithuania) and of course Travemunde (Germany) – Trelleborg.

DFDS has a route connecting Karlshamn (Sweden) with Klaipeda (Lithuania) and Kiel (Germany) – Klaipeda.

New RoPax Design for Metro Project

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Croatia-based Flow Ship Design has published a new rendering of a ropax ferry. It has been designed for the EU-funded METRO project within the framework of the Interreg Italy – Croatia Programme.

METRO stands for “Maritime Environment-friendly TRanspOrt systems”.

Some characteristics of the hybrid ropax:

Short international routes in Adriatic Sea (Italy-Croatia / Ancona-Split)

Passengers 1,340 Crew 75

Cruising speed 15.5 knots.

Fully enclosed Main hold capacity of 630 lane meter or 2020 m2,

In addition hoistable car deck with parking area of 1865 m2

Stern and bow ramps

Twin screw, twin rudder, twin dual fuel engines driven with abt. 400 m3 LNG storage tanks. Two shaft generators (PTO/PTI) coupled with battery system with abt. 5 MWh capacity to cover entire range of electric power demand.

Two months ago, Flow Ship Design already came up with a rendering of a hybrid double-ended ferry (diesel-electric), designed to carry 600 passengers and 170 cars.

This ferry is also part of the METRO project, for the Croatian domestic route Brestova-Porozina.


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Italian Company Caronte & Tourist To Debut In Croatia With A New Regular Link

The Messina-based company Caronte & Tourist is expected to open a new maritime link in Croatia from mid-July with the ferry GIUSEPPE FRANZA which is now moored in Rijeka after a first refusal from the authorities to enter the port.

Local media report that Caronte & Tourist Isole Minori has filed a request with Croatia’s Agency for Coastal Passenger Traffic to establish a ferry line between Rijeka and Porozina, on the Cres island.

The new service should be operated from 15 July to 15 September.

The Italian company, however, has still not collected most of the required permits and documents, said Paola Vidovic, director of Croatia’s Agency for Coastal Passenger Traffic, as quoted by business news portal
Before and in order to sign the contract, Caronte & Tourist will have to collect all the required documents requested before starting the new maritime link.

The first stage of ferry market liberalization in Croatia started in 2018 and is taking this summer with some services’ concession to be granted to foreign companies.


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Brodosplit Wants To Build Two Dry Docks

Brodosplit has asked geotechnical researcher Geotech to investigate how to build two dry docks in Split, Croatia.
The docks are primarily intended for the construction of new ships, and it is envisaged that there will be used for the construction of yachts, ferries and cruise ships.
One dock will be 200m long, the other one 100m. The latter should be covered with a roof.
Currently no shipyard in Croatia has dry docks for shipbuilding, except for some floating dry docks.
After the completion of the investigations, the necessary permits will be obtained. Construction will take up to three years.
Source: Jutarnji (in Croataian)