FERRY PORTS

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Monopolistic Use Of Port Of Agaete By Fred Olsen Has Been Condemned

The Court of Justice of the European Union issued a resolution dismissing the appeal filed by Fred Olsen.

What is it about? In March 2018, the General Court of the European Union considered that Fred Olsen’s exclusive commercial exploitation of Port of Agaete (Gran Canaria) was a state aid, granted by the Government of the Canary.

Fred Olsen and the Government of the Canary Islands argued that the exclusive use does not constitute State aid, since Fred Olsen had to pay port fees.

However, both the General Court and the Court of Justice have rejected this. They pointed out in their judicial decisions that the payment of port taxes does not cover the exclusive use of a public port.  The Government of the Canary Islands should have demanded a higher price for an exclusive use.

In the past, both Naviera Armas and Trasmediterranea have tried –in vain—to get access

This ruling should mean the end of the exclusive use of the Port of Agaete by Fred Olsen.

Baleària And Fred. Olsen Express Introduce The First Smart LNG Ferry Between Huelva And The Canary Islands

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The shipping companies Baleària and Fred. Olsen Express will incorporate the first ferry powered by dual gas engines on the routes that operate between Huelva and the Canary Islands, starting next Sunday March 24, at the departure of 20h from the port of Huelva.

The ro-pax NAPOLES has returned from the shipyard in Gibraltar after having received a new dual-fuel LNG engine.
She will replace the MARTIN I SOLER.

The remotorising of the ferry has been an important piece of engineering, with a price tag of EUR 12.5 million.

On the other hand, technological innovations have been made on the ship to turn it into a ‘smart ship’. Among the main novelties are, the digitalisation of all the signage, as well as the access to the staterooms by means of a QR code that customers receive on their mobile phone (and which prevents them from having to go through reception), and digital entertainment on demand.

Fred Olsen orders two car-carrying trimarans

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Austal is to design and build two 117m high-speed vehicle passenger trimaran ferries for Fred Olsen S.A. The contract is worth €126m.
The aluminium high-speed ferries, designed by Austal Australia, will be the second and third trimarans to be delivered to Fred Olsen S.A. who already operate the world’s first and largest trimaran, the BENCHIJIGUA EXPRESS (Austal, 2005).
The new trimarans will be capable of transporting over 1,100 passengers and up to 276 cars at speeds of up to 38 knots, with both commencing construction in 2018.

Photo © Austal