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

Godby Shipping Found Charter for Last Inactive RoRo, BALTICA

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In its own magazine (Flaskposten), Godby Shipping says that the rates reflect the market situation and are low or very low.

  • BALTICA: Sea-Cargo, January – April 2021 + options
  • MISANA and MISIDA: Sea-Cargo, until December 2021 + options
  • LINK STAR: UPM-Kymmene, until December 2020
  • MISTRAL: Smyril, until March 2021 + option until December
  • MIDAS: Accordia Shipping, until December 2021
  • MIMER: CMA CGM, until December 2021

Overview Godby Shipping RoRo Charters

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The chartering situation of the Godby Shipping Fleet is as follows

  • BALTICA unemployed in Mariehamn
  • MIDAS Wagenborg liner traffic Riga-Oxelösund until September 2020
  • MISTRAL t/c to Smyril until October 2020 + options
  • LINK STAR t/c to UPM-Kymmene until December 2020
  • MIMER t/c to CMA CGM December 2021
  • MISANA t/c Sea-Cargo December 2021 + options
  • MISIDA t/c to P&O until October and thereafter t/c to Sea-Cargo until December 2021 + options


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Eckerö Reopens Buffet

Until 25 June Eckerö serves a summer menu and breakfast that have been modified for safety and hygienic reasons.

As of 26 June, the company returns to normal buffet dining, with a reduced number of customer seats.

Naviera Armas Trasmediterránea will reactivate the Ceuta – Algeciras – Ceuta line starting June 22

After the virus-forced suspension, Naviera Armas Trasmediterránea will restart the route to the Spanish Autonomous City of Ceuta with high-speed ropax catamaran CIUDAD DE CEUTA.

Godby Shipping: Newbuilding Project Delayed

In a message on its social media, Godby Shipping says that, “global lockdown has made the demand for roro vessels almost disappear.”

“At present only MIMER and LINK STAR are trading and it remains uncertain when and how all vessels will be back in traffic.”

“Before the downturn the office was manned to handle at least seven vessels and the first stage of a newbuilding project. The newbuilding project is now at least 2-3 years into the future and the focus is to survive.”

As from July 10, several of the office staff will leave the company.

After selling a ro-ro, Godby Shipping says it is looking at newbuildings

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Mariehamn-based ro-ro company Godby Shipping has announced that an agreement to sell one of their eight vessels, the MIRANDA, has been signed.

Delivery will take place in January 2018. MIRANDA and MISANA Miranda (1999) are currently time chartered to Stena RoRo but relet to Transfennica and used in their liner service on the Baltic Sea and North Sea.

Eva Mikkola Karlström told the magazine Sjöfartstidningen that Godby Shipping’s goal is to build two new vessels, probably in China, and tailor-made for a specific customer.

Photo: Godby Shipping / Pär-Henrik-Sjöström