By | 2018 Newsletter week 08 | No Comments

Færgen’s CEO Expects A Buyer To Acquire The Entire Ferry Company

The Danish State and Clipper Group will sell the shipping company Faergen, said CEO John Steen-Mikkelsen to the Bornholms Tidende (in Danish). Both parties own 50%.
In his opinion there might be news before the summer, and he believes the company will be sold as a whole.
On September 1, 2018, Molslinjen will take over the Bornholm route.

A new LNG ro-pax is under construction in Flensburg, and will be in service in the spring of 2019. “In the following years we’re going to invest in new tonnage,” says Christophe Mathieu. Last year Brittany Ferries announced that they will charter the third ro-pax under construction in China for Stena.


By | 2018 Newsletter Week 07 | No Comments

The UK Ferry Market Report, in cooperation with PSA

Produced in cooperation with Passenger Shipping Association (PSA), the UK Ferry Market Report could be an interesting reference tool for anyone involved in the ferry and travel industries.
The Report provides a statistical overview of the UK Passenger Ferry Market based on returns from almost all UK passenger ferry operators.
While the market is made up of three market sectors – UK Continent, UK Ireland and Domestic routes some comparisons are made with Eurotunnel and Eurostar.
In addition, some information is detailed at a subsector level where UK – Continent routes are divided into North Sea, Short Sea and Western Channel Sectors – UK Ireland routes are divided into Northern Ireland, Central Corridor and Southern Corridor, and domestic routes are divided into Channel Islands, Isle of Wight, Isle of Man and Scotland.

Some key figures:

  • Britain’s UK ferry operators carried 8.61 million cars in 2015, up 1.3%
  • Overall passenger figures on 75 ferry routes held up at 38.90 million, -0.6%
  • Domestic ferry routes saw the biggest growth.
  • Total passengers carried by P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways from/to Calais and Dunkirk were over 13m in 2015, a slight drop.
  • Good growth of 3.4% (2.94m passengers) on the Western channel routes to France principally served by Brittany Ferries, with cars carried up by 5.8% to 990,000 in 2015.
  • North Sea ferry routes run by Stena, DFDS and P&O Ferries increased by 3.9% the number of cars carried to 445,000 in 2015, carrying the same number of passengers in 2015.
  • Passengers on the three Irish operators of Irish Ferries, Stena Irish Sea and P&O Ferries were marginally down by 1.9% (4.78m).


By | 2018 Newsletter week 06 | No Comments

Charging electric ferries in less than four minutes

As recently announced, C-Job Naval Architects got a contract for the concept design of a series of five sustainable car and passenger ferries assigned by the GVB Amsterdam. They will be the largest fully electric ro-ro vessels in the Netherlands. Especially the charging time of maximum four minutes is spectacular. This notably short charging period will be enough for the vessels to operate a 24/7 service with no overnight charging required.

First hydrogen-electric ferry to sail in NorwayFirst hydrogen-electric ferry to sail in Norway

By | 2018 Newsletter week 06 | No Comments

Boreal and Wärtsilä Ship Design have agreed to develop a hydrogen-powered ferry for the Hjelmeland-Skipavik-Nesvik stretch. The ferry will be the first in the world where the vessel will use hydrogen as a fuel.
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration has been commissioned to announce a development contract for a hydrogen-powered ferry, which will be put into operation in 2021. The ferry service will be operated by two ferries, one being fully electric and the other hybrid hydrogen-electric with 50 percent of the hydrogen output.
Boreal has reserved the ship name HYDROGEN.

ICG sells a high-speed ferry and introduces a younger one

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Irish Continental announced the sale of JONATHAN SWIFT to Balearia Eurolineas Maritimas S.A. for a price of €15.5 million.
Austal-built JONATHAN SWIFT entered service in 1999. She operated on Irish Ferries’ Dublin – Holyhead route.
The vessel is to be delivered to Balearia by the end of April 2018.
ICG’s high-speed craft WESTPAC EXPRESS (2001), which was recently redelivered following a period of twenty months on external charter, will replace her. She is currently undergoing a refurbishment programme.

Photo: WESTPAC EXPRESS © Irish Ferries

C-Job designs sustainable ferries for the City of Amsterdam

By | 2018 Newsletter Week 04 | No Comments

C-Job Naval Architects has delivered the concept design of a series of five sustainable car and passenger ferries to the City of Amsterdam. The 41m vessels will operate 100% on electricity.
The electric ferries will recharge their batteries during the unloading and loading of passengers and vehicles. This will only take 4 minutes, with no overnight charging required. To guarantee continuous operation the vessels will also have a diesel generator.
The ferries can carry up to 20 cars, four trucks or 400 passengers.