LIVERPOOL SEAWAYS To Be Sold To La Méridionale

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NOTICE: Ferry Shipping News doesn’t want to bring rumours. Sometimes information is reliable, even before any official statement. This story is a good example. It has multiple sources. However, neither DFDS, nor La Méridionale confirmed the transaction.

La Méridionale, one of the two ferry companies operating between Marseille and Corsica, urgently needed an extra ferry to be able to respond to the conditions required by the “DSP” public service contract, which starts in October.

First the French company was going to charter Stena RoRo’s AF MICHELA, actually operating between Ancona and Durrës for Adria Ferries.

Since this vessel was not available (French media report that a Letter of Intent for the charter was cancelled just before the deadline), La Méridionale had quickly to find another vessel with similar characteristics, important to match the criteria described in the DSP contract.

LIVERPOOL SEAWAYS is a near sister of AF MICHELA, built by Visentini.

LIVERPOOL SEAWAYS is currently operating on Kapellskär-Paldiski.

Social Unrest At La Meridionale

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What happens now at La Meridionale is very unusual for this ferry company belonging to the STEF Group: there is social agitation.

The reason is that La Meridionale will only be allowed to sail to Bastia, Ile-Rousse and Porto-Vecchio, and no longer to the major port of Ajaccio, and Propriano.

The case has to do with the delegation of public services (starting in October, for a duration of 15 months).

The candidature of Corsica Linea was retained for five ports. Since Corsica Linea and La Meridionale tendered separately, this would mean that the latter will be excluded from these ports.

Because the unions fear the fact that one vessel might be withdrawn from the service, making crews redundant, they started to call for action.

The company announced they will appeal against the decision.


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La Méridionale Presents LNG As Shore Power Solution In Ajaccio

Ferry company La Méridionale has done a test with an LNG-powered genset for cold ironing, in Ajaccio, with their ferry GIROLATA. The demonstration was given on 20 September in front of several local decision makers and politicians.

To make cold ironing happen, money will have to be invested by the authorities. Also, to make it possible, an economically viable model will have to be created.