Three-Year Charter Contract for New RoRo LIEKUT

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The Flensburg newbuilt LIEKUT finally found a home to operate. The roro vessel will join the SeaRoad fleet for three years, as from March 2021.

She will replace SEAROAD TAMAR on the Bass Strait (Tasmania-Australia) until SeaRoad’s new vessel is constructed.

SeaRoad’s new permanent vessel is scheduled to come online in the second half of 2023.

Ferry Shipping News asked if a ship had already been ordered. “It’s still being negotiated with shipyards,” said the SeaRoad spokesperson.

LIEKUT’s ship owners, Siem, will complete modifications in Poland prior to her delivery, including strengthening decks, installing barriers and drainage, and modifying the stern ramp to suit LIEKUT’s new home port of Devonport.


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The Return of RoRo Shipbuilding in Flensburg

Flensburger Schiffbaugesellschaft (FSG) has received its first order since the restart under the direction of Tennor Holding.

IVP Ship Invest – a company of Tennor founder Lars Windhorst – is ordering a 32,770 GT, 210m long RoRo (option for a second ship) with a 4000+ lane metre capacity.

The double order is worth €140m and the first ship is planned for an April 2022 delivery.

CMAL Has Purchased LOCH SEAFORTH After Completing A Deal With Lloyds Banking Group

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Flensburg-built LOCH SEAFORTH, which operates the route between Ullapool and Stornoway, was financed by Lloyds Banking Group and has been leased to CMAL for the past five years through an operational lease agreement.

“Purchasing the Loch Seaforth outright will also bring considerable financial benefits by delivering savings to the public purse over the longer term when compared with a more expensive leasing arrangement,” said Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse.

When plans for a replacement vessel were approved by the Scottish Government in 2011, CMAL sought proposals for funding in the form of lease options from banks and other financial institutions to finance procurement of the vessel. Following a tender process governed by EU procurement rules, Lloyds Banking Group was appointed to provide the operating lease.

Trouble in Flensburg

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The salaries for January are safe. This was the central message of a staff meeting for the 650 permanent employees of the

Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft is in a difficult financial situation. One of the reasons is the late delivery of W.B. YEATS, the cruise ferry from Irish Ferries. The issue is certainly not the lack of orders. The yard has several ferries and ro-ro’s on order.

A new state guarantee is required and talks with the respective ministers are on their way. The yard belongs to the Norwegian Siem Group, and has been struggling in spite of the orderbook. A plan to save the yard is on the table of all the stakeholders, such as the state of Schleswig-Holstein, customers and suppliers as well as the unions and IG Metall.

Flensburg Shipyard Has Officially Started To Build The New Brittany Ferries Flagship

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The construction of the first LNG-powered ferry on the Channel has started at the FSG shipyard in Flensburg on Monday, March 12.
In a bit more than a year the HONFLEUR will be the new flagship for Brittany Ferries.
She’ll operate on the core route Caen – Portsmouth.

The photo shows the key participants at the first steel cutting ceremony. From left to right: Dirk Hemsen (Project Manager), Arnaud Le Poulichet (Technical Director Brittany Ferries), Rüdiger Fuchs (CEO FSG), Corinne Vintner (Director of Legal Affairs Brittany Ferries), Christophe Mathieu (CEO Brittany Ferries), Frédéric Pouget (Fleet & Ops Director Brittany Ferries), and Brice Robinson (Naval Architect Brittany Ferries).

German Naval Architect Carsten Ortloff joins OSK-ShipTech

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With numerous ferry projects lined up in the not so distant future, Danish naval architects OSK-ShipTech A/S welcome a very experienced naval architect with more than 18 years of design experience: German Naval Architect Carsten Ortloff.
He will join OSK-ShipTech in February. Carsten comes from Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft, where he has held the role of responsible naval architect for several ro-ro and ro-pax projects (Smyril Line, BC Ferries, Irish Ferries, CMAL…).
The general order increase is spilling over to sister company Steen Friis Design, who is experiencing high demand for interior design services and interior concepts. The company is looking to hire more interior designers.