TECHNOLOGY

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The EU Green Deal aims to lower pollution and carbon levels across Europe. End of May saw the installation of a new Norsepower Rotor Sail on the Scandlines hybrid ferry COPENHAGEN, operating on the Rostock-Gedser route.

The installation was undertaken as part of the EU-funded Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion (WASP) project that was launched in late 2019. It has the aim to install five wind assisted propulsion units on a series of different vessels operating in the North Sea and Baltic Sea to test, validate and help facilitate the uptake off wind-assisted propulsion technologies.

These systems are expected to deliver between 4 – 5% fuel savings – corresponding to the same amount of CO2 – in average, and more than 20% in optimal wind conditions.

Might Some of Tirrenia CIN’s Vessels Possibly be Sold?

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Italian financial newspaper MF (Milano Finanza) revealed this week that some of Tirrenia’s ferries controlled by Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione, may be put up for sale in the near future.

They are set to be seized by the Court of Rome following the action taken by the public “bad company” Tirrenia in Amministrazione Straordinaria.

The related revenues would be used to cover the deferred payments (a total amount of EUR 115 million) for the purchase of the former Tirrenia which were not paid in 2016 and 2019.

This potential scenario, if confirmed, would be possible in the coming months when the current public contract and subsidy to support lifeline maritime transportation with Sardinia, Sicily and Tremiti with Moby will expire. It should be mid of July but it is likely that a postponement of few months will be granted to the Vincenzo Onorato controlled group.

In its last available annual report, CIN said that the fleet was valued EUR 265 million (31 December 2018). However, some vessels were dismissed last year (HARTMUT PUSCHMANN, BARBARA KRAHULIK and AURELIA).

With reference to the other ferries still under CIN’s control the values reported at the end of 2018 are as follow: VINCENZO FLORIO (21.2m), BENIAMINO CARNEVALE (2m), RAFFAELE RUBATTINO (23.6m), BITHIA (38.5m), JANAS (38.5m), ATHARA (39.2m), NURAGHES (46.4m), SHARDEN (46.6m) and the high-speed vessel ISOLA DI CAPRAIA (2.8m).

INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS

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ESPO Proposes a Two-Step Approach on the New EU Transport Strategy

ESPO believes that in the absence of any insight on the duration and impact of the current crisis, it is, at this moment, impossible to set the ground for a long-term EU Transport Strategy.

ESPO proposes a two-step approach:

1) Europe’s first priority must now be to develop a restart and recovery plan which helps to overcome this crisis. It should develop the measures and instruments for Europe’s recovery to put the European economy and society back on track as soon as possible, while guaranteeing this happens in a safe way.

2) In a second phase, when the “new normal” sets in, the discussion should start on a new Transport Strategy, which will set the long-term goals, ambitions and initiatives for the European transport sector. The Strategy should integrate the consequences of and lessons learned from this crisis and should build on the new post-crisis reality.

ESPO and its members are happy to start the reflection with all stakeholders and EU decision makers in view of formulating clear answers to all these questions and setting the ground for a truly forward looking sustainable, connected, efficient and resilient transport system.

FERRY PORTS

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Climate and Environmental Investment in the Maritime Bridge between Kapellskär and Naantali

Ports of Stockholm has applied for an EU investment grant for a project that will meet customer demands and the needs of the future. It is also an environmental investment that would result in significantly lower emissions of carbon dioxide and air pollutants at the Port of Kapellskär.

EU Mobility Package Update

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The Mobility Package is a three-part scheme headed by the European Commission, which features new initiatives to try and govern the ever-growing levels of commercial road transport across Eastern Europe.

  • Local wages must be paid both for domestic haulage within one country and for cabotage – when a truck arrives with goods from abroad and accepts a transport job within that country.
  • Cabotage rules will also be tightened. After carrying out cabotage, the truck must stay within the country’s borders for four days. After carrying out cabotage, the truck must stay within the country’s borders for four days. Every eight weeks the truck must be driven back to the country where it was registered.
  • Foreign drivers face stricter rules for driving and resting times and must return to their home country every three weeks.

FERRY SHIPPING

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Project partners from 13 EU Member States investigate cost-efficient measures to mitigate the risk from ro-ro space fires. The European Commission invests €12 million to solve this international maritime fire safety challenge.

The name of the project is LASH FIRE (Legislative Assessment for Safety Hazards of Fire and Innovations in RoRo ship Environment)

The consortium is coordinated by RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and comprises 26 partners from 13 Member States of the European Union, including industry partners, research institutes, universities, regulatory bodies, trade associations and experts in communication and external relations. LASH FIRE will provide a basis for the revision of international maritime regulations and gives European industry knowledge to build safer and more competitive ships for sustainable transport.

INTERESTING

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Transporting Goods Between The UK And EU In A No-Deal Brexit: Guidance For Hauliers

The UK Department for Transport is helping commercial drivers get ready Brexit by setting up 150 advice centres and helping drivers plan their journeys by providing a handbook and pocket ma