…And Four More Electric Ferries For Fjord1

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Fjord1 ASA ordered four Multi-Maritime designed battery ferries.
Three of the ferries will be of the new “MM82FE EL” design, which is approx. 85 m long. The ferries will operate all electric on challenging routes.
Two will operate at “Ranavik-Skjersholmane”, which is a 14.2 km long route and a service speed of approx. 13 knots. The expected charging power is up to 5000 kW. The third ferry will operate at Gjermundshamn-Årsnes.
The three ferries will be built at Sefine Shipyard in Turkey (new buildings 33, 34 & 35) and delivered in Q3 and Q4 2019.
The fourth ferry is 116m long and of “MM111FE EL” design. The vessel is planned to operate at Jondal-Tørvikbygd from 01.01.2020.
The ferry will be built by Tersan Shipyard in Turkey and scheduled delivery is Q2 2019.

Boreal Sjø ordered a Multi-Maritime-designed ferry too, of the “MM70FE EL” series. She will be built by Vard Brevik in Norway. The ferry will operate on the Kvanndal-Utne route.

Photo: MM82FE-EL by Multi-Maritime


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Only Two Major Ferries Scrapped In The Last Quarter Of 2017

The French environmental organisation Robin des Bois (‘Robin Hood’) has published its 50th quarterly shipbreaking report. Since the start of the publications in 2006, more than 10,000 scrapped ships have been reported.
Some trends:

  • Overall, the tonnage of vessels demolished in the last quarter of 2017 shows a drop by 29%.
  • The Chinese Government has identified ship breaking as a major pollution risk. The end of the year was marked by the suspension of operating licenses for all but 2 or 3 facilities in Xinhui and near Shanghai. As a result, the tonnage of dismantled vessels fell sharply in China.
  • The Top 4 of recycled tonnage consists of 1) India, 2) Bangladesh, 3) Pakistan, 4) Turkey.

Only two well-known ferries have been reported as scrapped:

  • OLYMPUS (ROPAX 2, LÜBECK LINK, FINNROSE) was beached in Alang in late November. (see page 81)
  • MED STAR (LA PAZ STAR, STRADA CORSA, STENA TRANSPORTER, FLANDERS, PRIDE OF FLANDERS, NORDIC FERRY, MERZARIO HISPANIA, MERZARIO ESPANIA). On her way from Rhodes to Santorini, a fire broke out in the engine room in June 2017. She was beached for demolition in Aliaga on December 8. (see page 86)

Photo: P&O Ferries’ PRIDE OF FLANDERS in 1995 ©Mike Louagie

DFDS orders two ro-pax ferries for the Baltic Sea

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Two new ro-pax ferries have been ordered on February 12 for delivery in Q1 and Q3 2021 respectively.
The ships are designed to each carry 4,500 lane metres of freight and passenger vehicles, as well as 600 passengers (with up to 690 berths/250 cabins available).
The two ships will be built by Guangzhou Shipyard International Co, Ltd. at their Nansha Yard in China.
Both ships are planned to be deployed on one of the routes connecting Lithuania (Klaipeda) with either Sweden (Karlshamn) or Germany (Kiel).
The deployment in 2021 is planned to be a catalyst for a reallocation of ships in the Baltic route network ultimately increasing the network’s total freight capacity by around 30%.
DFDS opts for scrubber technology.
The ships will have a 1C ice class.
The investment in the two ships totals around DKK 1.8bn


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First of three new Fjord1 ferries launched

On December 9, Cemre Shipyard launched Newbuilding 54 (HST132), to be named HUSAVIK. She is the first of three 66m ferries to be built in cooperation with Cemre Shipyard (Turkey) and Havyard (Norway).

Photo: Cemre Shipyard


  • Former FINNEAGLE has been renamed EUROFERRY CORFU and is now in service on Brindisi-Igoumenitsa, together with EUROFERRY OLYMPIA. Route vessel EUROFERRY EGNAZIA is in drydock in Turkey for a refit.
  • Former NordöLink ro-pax OLYMPUS (ex ROPAX 2, ex LÜBECK LINK, ex FINNROSE) has been sold to Indian breakers for scrap.
  • Adler has acquired a secondhand fast ferry, the ADLER CAT, for its Wadden Islands service. The capacity of the 1999-OMA-built craft will be expanded from 182 to 230 passengers. The company plans a service to Helgoland as well. ADLER CAT is the former RENØY, used by Boreal.

Spirit of Tasmania to invest in two new ro-pax vessels

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TT-Line Company Pty Ltd, operators of Spirit of Tasmania, will order two brand new purpose-built ships to replace the current fleet by 2021. This was announced at a press conference today.
These two new ships will have substantially larger capacity for passengers (from 1,400 to 2,000 pax), passenger vehicles (from 1,000 to 1,714 lane meter) and freight (from 1,800 to 2,500 lane meter).
Chairman Mike Grainger said, “we are going to the best builders of ro-paxes in the world, and the best will be awarded the contract.” The order will be placed next year.
Mr Grainger said the company looked at capacity, customer expectations, operating speed, sea-keeping properties for Bass Strait, capital and operating costs and operational efficiency. No Government cash will be needed.

Built for Superfast Ferries in 1998, the ships in the current fleet underwent a major refurbishment in 2015 and will continue operating until the new vessels are delivered.

OMA to build an plug-in hybrid catamaran ferry for Hordaland

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Norwegian companies Boreal and Oma Baatbyggeri have signed an agreement for the construction of a new electrically operated ferry.
The ferry will be in operation in Hordaland (Bergen area) by January 2020, and will serve the Kinsarvik-Utne route.

The ferry contract comprises the ferry crossings Kvanndal–Utne, Kinsarvik–Utne and Skånevik–Matre–Utåker and has a duration of 9 years with an option for one further year.

The new ferry is 42m long, and will carry 80 passengers and 16 cars (or 2 semi-trailer trucks). The ferry will be built in aluminium.

Photo: OMA

EBDG designs new class of ferry for NCDOT

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Elliott Bay Design Group has designed a new river class vehicle ferry for North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division, which will be built at Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, Louisiana. The vessel is due to be delivered by March 1, 2019.

The new ferry will have room for 38 regular-sized vehicles. It will serve as a replacement for the 22-year-old THOMAS A. BAUM.

Photo: EBDG

Seatruck Ferries are celebrating 10 booming years of operation in Dublin Port

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From small beginnings with the single ship the CELTIC STAR, the Seatruck Dublin services have gone from strength to strength. To give an idea: Back in October 2007 Seatruck moved just over 3,000 units of freight from Dublin. Ten years later: 21,000 units. Seatruck Ferries are now one of the largest freight movers in the port.
In the busy midweek period Seatruck now operate 4 daily services to Liverpool and a daily service to Heysham. Seatruck also operate on the popular Warrenpoint – Heysham route.
With driver shortages continuing, Seatruck are expecting an ongoing switch to unaccompanied trailer movements.
In December, a new loading ramp will be installed in the Port of Heysham, which is now directly linked to the motorway network via the new M6 Link.
Seatruck are working closely with the relevant authorities in Northern Ireland on the Newry Southern Relief Road project, which will link Warrenpoint Harbour directly to the Belfast – Dublin motorway.

Photo: CLIPPER POINT and SEATRUCK PROGRESS in Dublin Port © Gordon Hislip

Brøderna Aa to build more carbon-fibre ferries for tough Norwegian coast

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Nordland Fylkeskommune (=county) has ordered two fuel-efficient high-speed catamarans from Brødrene Aa, a contract worth NOK 200 million.
The carbon-fibre passenger-only vessels will be used on Bodø-Svolvær (Lofoten) and Bodø-Sandnessjøen routes, currently operated by Torghatten Nord.
Ownership of the crafts will be in the hands of the local authorities. An operator will be chosen by a tender process.
First vessel to be delivered in December 2018.

Photo © Brøderne Aa / Polarkonsult

Additional Tuesday sailings on Seatruck’s Liverpool – Dublin route

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Due to increased demand, Seatruck Ferries has added additional Tuesday morning sailings to the busy Liverpool – Dublin route, commencing 17 October 2017.
The additional sailings will take the route total to 40 sailings per week. Across the three routes Seatruck now offer Irish Sea customers 74 sailings per week, allowing for greater flexibility in the shipment of unaccompanied trailers.

Photo © Seatruck Ferries