Godby Shipping sees a strong ro-ro market

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“The ro-ro market is presently very strong with good rates,” is a quote on the news section of the Godby Shipping website.

Godby has announced charter contracts for the following vessels:

BALTIC BRIGHT: charter contract with Holmen Paper extended with one year, including an option for 2025. The ro-ro will continue transporting paper from Hallstavik and Norrköping in Sweden to Sheerness, United Kingdom.

The agreement with Holmen includes a substantial investment in fuel saving and emission reduction systems.

MISTRAL is presently on charter to Smyril Line until December 2023.

Directly after that, MISTRAL will be chartered to the Spanish ro-ro operator Suardiaz Shipping Lines. The intention is to use the vessel on Suardiaz’ new service between Vigo and Liverpool.

Before the new charter, will go through a five-year class renewal docking including installation of systems for increasing the energy efficiency of the vessel and painting with low-friction hull paint.

The charter contract is including options for a period of up to three years.


MIMER: CMA CGM has extended the contract until December 2024. MIMER – and before that the sister vessel MIDAS – has been running the Leeward Island (Caribbean) traffic for CMA CGM continuously since April 2012.

The fleet situation is as follows:

MIDAS TransProCon December 2023
MIMER CMA CGM December 2024


December 2023 +

max until December 2026

BALTIC BRIGHT Holmen December 2024 + option 2025
LYSVIK and LYSBRIS DFDS December 2024 + options 2030
MISANA and MISIDA Sea-Cargo December 2026 + option 2031


For more information, read Godby Shipping’s Flaskposten (messages in a bottle)

Godby Shippings sponsors the building of a traditional sailing vessel

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Godby Shipping is a proud sponsor of the non-profit project of building the sailing vessel EMELIA in Mariehamn. She will be over 25 meters long with two masts and eight sails and is planned to be ready for sailing during summer 2026.

The project will secure that the tradition of building and sailing traditional vessels is carried on to future generations. The original EMELIA was built in 1889-1890.

More info www.emelia.ax

Godby Shipping: chartering situation

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In this year’s second edition of FlaskPosten (PDF), Godby Shipping reports the fleet deployment.

MIDAS was redelivered from the charter to Caribbean Linked Shipping in March, traded for a month as docking replacement for MIMER in the CMA CGM system, came ”home” to Landskrona for docking and started a 6+6+6 month time charter for Scandic Line. The traffic is similar to what Midas were doing for Wagenborg 2020, ie Riga-Södertälje.

Cargo volumes have been weak so it remains to be seen what happens in the future.

  • MIDAS Scandic Line November 2022 + options
  • MISTRAL Smyril December 2022 + options
  • BALTIC BRIGHT Holmen December 2023
  • MIMER CMA CGM December 2023 + option
  • LYSVIK and LYSBRIS DFDS December 2023 + options
  • MISANA and MISIDA Sea-Cargo December 2026 + option

Godby Shipping – DFDS: sale and lease-back deal

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DFDS and Godby Shipping have established a long-term co-operation with Godby Shipping buying the two storo sideport vessels LYSVIK SEAWAYS and LYSBRIS SEAWAYS and chartering them back to DFDS for a period of minimum three years.

Both vessels will continue in their present trade mostly serving Norske Skog forest product shipments out of Norway to UK and continental Europe.

Godby sells LINK STAR

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Godby Shipping agreed to sell roro vessel LINK STAR to Norwest Ship Management in Norway.

The delivery will take place in Husoy, Norway between 12 to 25 November 2021.

Link Star was built in 1989 at JJ. Sietas Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany. Godby designed the vessel together with the first customer Transfennica, crew and shipyard. We have thus owned the vessel Link Star since delivery 1989.

Length 107m | DWT 4,453 | Cargo handling stern ramp and side loader

Godby Shipping Extends Charters

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  • Smyril has declared the option and extended the contract for roro MISTRAL until end December 2021. Smyril additionally have options for extensions until December 2022.

MISTRAL is running on a tough line Denmark-Faroe Island-Iceland.

  • LINK STAR has been extended by UPM until end September 2021.

Godby Shipping : About The RoRo Market

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The Godby Shipping Newsletter gives some interesting insights:

  • The roro market reached its peak end 2018 – beginning 2019 and then gradually declined during 2020 and early 2021.
  • On the demand side there was a combination of uncertainty regarding Brexit, a trade conflict between USA and China and early signs of a general economical downturn.
  • On the supply side there was pressure coming from the relatively large orderbook for roros.
  • The roro market is a lot better than a year ago but some of the contracts will lock in low or very low rates at least until end 2021.
  • Profitability will therefore be affected by the spring 2020 market collapse for years to come.
  • Godby thinks that the roro market will be relatively weak – but hopefully rising – during the whole year 2021 and probably also 2022.


  • BALTICA: Sea-Cargo did not declare the optional periods. Instead, chartered to TransProCon for military shipments on the Mediterranean Sea for the period May – June. (afterwards sold to Salamis – see below)
  • MISTRAL contract with Smyril has been extended until September 2021 with options for to extend until December 2022
  • BALTIC BRIGHT: charter contract with Holmen
  • LINK STAR UPM-Kymmene until May 2021
  • MIDAS Accordia Shipping until December 2021
  • MIMER CMA CGM December 2021
  • MISANA and MISIDA Sea-Cargo December 2021 + options