“This is a new generation ropax ferry that can use LNG, electricity, and in the future, biogas as fuel. Preparatory work for the innovative fuel solution has taken more time than expected, which has resulted in an adjusted delivery date for July,” says Jyrki Heinimaa, CEO, Rauma Marine Constructions.
Port of Zeebrugge: Growth of 3% in 2020
Zeebrugge stayed 100% operational during the pandemic. Roro traffic suffered because of the reduced handling of new cars. This drop was compensated by a strong growth in container traffic, LNG and solid bulk.
The port took a lot of initiatives to be Brexit-proof and invested twice as much into new infrastructure.
Modal shift: the port sees an important growth of rail connections, and estuary waterway connections went up 4.2%
- Added a call in Zeebrugge on the route Leixões – Rotterdam, allowing cargo to be transferred to Esbjerg and Göteborg.
- Zeebrugge – Dublin: from 2 to 3 sailings with so-called “Brexit busters”
- Zeebrugge – Cork: new route
- Zeebrugge – Santander: ships VALENTINE en CELANDINE = +40% capacity
- End of ropax service Zeebrugge – Hull, means end of accompanied freight
- Introduction of FLANDRIA SEAWAYS on 4 October 2020, Zeebrugge – Göteborg
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FANAFJORD in Bergen
Bergen-based photographer Tom Gulbrandsen captured LNG-powered ferry FANAFJORD, on her way to Stavanger. During spring she will start to operate in the greater Hamburg area for ElbFerry.
Old and New
This picture courtesy of Rosslare Europort shows two generations of Stena Line ferries: the brand new STENA EMBLA (2020) and the veteran STENA EUROPE (1981). Look at the difference in size!
FESTOS PALACE in Malta for Repairs and Drydocking
Minoan Lines’ FESTOS PALACE is at the Palumbo Shipyards (Malta) since 15 January, undergoing scheduled repairs and dry docking (dock no 4). The ship is expected to be back on Piraeus-Heraklion as from 15 February.
Photo: Emmanuel L. Stafrace (Malta)
Ropax SICILIA has been refitted and re-engined at the WestSea Viana Yard in Portugal.
- An LNG tank with a 425m3 capacity has been installed, good for a range of 1,100 nautical miles.
- The MAN9L48 / 60 engines have been converted into the 9L51 / 60DF dual fuel version.
- Installation of fuel consumption and emission monitoring system (as on BAHAMA MAMA), subsidised for 50% by CEF Transport funds. this is the first phase of the project for a future fleet control tower that will allow operations and vessels to be managed more efficiently from different aspects, such as safety, preventive maintenance of equipment and commercial efficiency. In 2022, five ships in the fleet will have this monitoring.
Baleària decided already in 2012 to make LNG its main fuel.
New LNG Roro Vessels Reduce Greenhouse Gases By 63%
Wallenius SOL’s new, ice-rated LNG-powered RoRo vessels will have a significantly lower environmental impact compared to older vessels. According to IVL, hull design had a major beneficial effect on energy efficiency.
IVL – the independent Swedish Environmental Research Institute – was commissioned to calculate how the new type of vessel compares with those currently plying the route from the northern Baltic to ports on the continent. The vessels are currently under construction at the CIMC Raffles shipyard in China, where the project is led by Wallenius Marine. A comparison was made with the roro ship THULELAND, which has been in operation since 2006 and is best-in-class in terms of low environmental impact.
Norwegian Westcon Yards recently signed a contract with Fjord1 for the hybridization of three 120-car ferries.
Sister vessel FANNEFJORD. was already converted in 2016. It was the world’s first LNG-battery hybrid ferry in operation.
Tallink Grupp Has Signed The Loan Agreement For The New LNG Powered Fast Ferry
AS Tallink Grupp’s subsidiary Tallink Superfast Ltd. and KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH have signed the loan agreement in the amount of EUR 197,6 million to finance the new EUR 247 million LNG powered fast ferry currently under construction in Rauma Marine Constructions Oy.
The loan is arranged and long-term financing is provided by KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH. Finnish Export Credit Agency “Finnvera” guarantees 95% of this post-delivery buyer credit.
The loan is secured by the mortgage on the new vessel and the corporate guarantee of AS Tallink Grupp. This OECD-term export credit loan will be drawn on the delivery of the vessel, presumably in the beginning of 2022 and has the final maturity of twelve years from the drawdown.
The two new LNG vessels for Rederij Doeksen arrived in Harlingen on Wednesday 29 May, all the way from Vietnam. They were carried by heavy lift vessel SUN RISE.
The catamarans will be towed to Harlingen, where the remaining work will be done at Nesta.
From 7 January 2020 the vessels will be structurally deployed on the Terschelling and Vlieland lines
Journalist Nathalie Bureau du Colombier had an interesting article in French newspaper L’Antenne, based on an interview with Corsicea Linea CEO Pierre-Antoine Villanova.
On 26 May, ro-pax PAGLIA ORBA will be connected for the first time by shore power in the port of Marseille.
The ferry will be followed by PASCAL PAOLI and JEAN NICOLI in the coming months.
Corsica Linea has also the intention to order an LNG ferry this year, to be bost uilt by a European shipyard.
Between 2016 and 2018 revenue has gone up from EUR 176 to 220 million.
The shareholders have been asked to renounce dividends the next five years.
A group of banks will finance 80% of the cost of the new ship. The newbuilding will cost EUR 150 million. 20% will be paid by own funds.