New ferry line between Norway and The Netherlands

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April 2022 will see the start of a new ferry connection between Port of Kristiansand (Norway) and Eemshaven (The Netherlands).

  • Name of company: Holland Norway Lines (HNL)
  • HNL’s CEO: Bart Cunnen – CFO: Patrick America
  • Terminal in Eemshaven: 6-8 ha, a special roro-quay will be constructed.
  • Ship: ROMANTIKA, 3-year (+1y+1y) bareboat charter from Tallink.
  • Frequency: 3 return trips per week
  • Departure 3:00 PM – Arrival 9:00 AM
  • The initiative Holland Norway Lines is realized with the support of Groningen Seaports, the Northern Development Agency (NOM), the province of Groningen and the municipality Hogeland.
  • Holland Norway Lines was founded in 2020.

The contract for chartering ROMANTIKA is the sixth charter contract for Tallink Grupp in the space of the last six months, with SILJA EUROPA and ROMANTIKA both recently being chartered out short-term to provide accommodation at COP26 in Glasgow

The Riga-Stockholm route which is due to re-open in spring 2022, will be operated by Tallink’s vessel ISABELLE.

Surprise? NGF Signs LOI for Two Hydrogen Ferries

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  • Nice Green Ferries (NGF) said on its LinkedIn that it signed a LOI with a shipyard group in Norway (Fosen?) for two 140m Ropax Cruise ferries
  • Nice Green Ferries is based in Nice, France (hence the name) (website)
  • Routes: Nice – Corsica and Sardinia
  • The ships have a capacity of 1,200 passengers/400 cars, high standard cabins for all passengers
  • The hybrid electric ships will be be powered by a Hydrogen based power plant and a range of renewable energy sources
  • Scheduled start-up of operations is from Autumn 2023.


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Four Operators Interested in Trasmediterranea?

There might be at least four players interested in Compania Trasmediterranea, the Spanish ferry company part of Armas Group. The latter is in advanced talks with lenders and bond holders for receiving fresh capital and also renegotiating the terms of the bond due to expire in the next few years.

According to the Spanish media Ok Diario two Italian groups and the local shipping players Balearia and Boluda have shown their interest in the restructuring plan which is being studied by some advisor and investment funds.

The two Italian potentially interested groups are likely to be Grimaldi Group and Grandi Navi Veloci.

Ok Diario also revealed that the property of two ferries previously controlled by Armas Group has been transferred earlier this year to a pair of Luxembourg-based purpose-built companies and are likely to be as guarantee for a needed fresh money injection. Other four ro-pax ships in fleet were also transferred to a new Canary island-based company called Armas Trasmediterranea Factoring Sl last June.

Norwegian Electric Systems Completed the Delivery of 5 Zero-Emission Propulsion Systems to Fjord1

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The five ferries have been outfitted at Havyard Ship Technology shipyard in Sogn, Norway.

These ferries have a capacity of 50 cars and will operate fully electric at four different ferry-crossings along the western coast of Norway. Crossing time for the ferries differs from 13 to 30 minutes depending on which ferry route they are operating in.

“With these ferries, NES has now a total of 19 fully electric or hybrid electric ferries operating in Norway”, says Jan Kåre Sundgot, project manager for these 5 projects.

  • BØMLAFJORD: Langevåg — Buavåg (Bømlo)
  • STANGVIKFJORD: Kvanne – Rykkjem
  • SMØLA and MØRINGEN: Edøya – Sandvika
  • FEDJEBJØRN: Fedje — Sævrøyna


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What Happens When 30 Design Students Spend 3 Days On A Ferry?

OICL (Ocean Industries Concept Lab) is a research group in Norway focusing on innovation challenges facing the Maritime, Offshore and Subsea industries. They are based at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) and combine new technology with a user-centered design approach.

Field studies are an important method that may help in the design of more user-friendly ships. Therefore OICL sent 30 students to spend time on the DFDS Ferry between Oslo and Copenhagen.

First hydrogen-electric ferry to sail in NorwayFirst hydrogen-electric ferry to sail in Norway

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Boreal and Wärtsilä Ship Design have agreed to develop a hydrogen-powered ferry for the Hjelmeland-Skipavik-Nesvik stretch. The ferry will be the first in the world where the vessel will use hydrogen as a fuel.
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration has been commissioned to announce a development contract for a hydrogen-powered ferry, which will be put into operation in 2021. The ferry service will be operated by two ferries, one being fully electric and the other hybrid hydrogen-electric with 50 percent of the hydrogen output.
Boreal has reserved the ship name HYDROGEN.