- 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.
Attica Group ordered 3 Aero Catamaran passenger-only vessels to serve the Saronic islands.
- To be built by Brødrene Aa in Norway
- The total investment €21 million
- Delivery of all 3 vessels is expected within the first 4 months of 2022
- Saronic routes: 3 million pax per year
- Maximum speed of 34 knots – 150 passengers
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.
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
Mongstad Industrial Park in Norway has been selected as the location for a potential liquid hydrogen production plant serving the maritime market as part of a wider project involving Equinor, Bergenshalvøens Kommunale Kraftselskap (BKK), Air Liquide, Wilhelmsen and NorSea.
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.
Zero Emission Is Possible
Last week Ferry Shipping News embarked on board a brand new, 100% battery-powered Norwegian passenger ferry, and we learnt more about Norway’s ambitious plans to shape a green maritime future.
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.
The Swedish company Processkontroll Elektriska AB has been chosen to build the new shore power installation in the Port of Oslo.
Stena Line would like to connect its ferry STENA SAGA. However, to convert the veteran Stena is seeking subsidies from Enova SF, owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Otherwise it is not economically sustainable.
On Tuesdays the ship is 10 hours in port. According to the company’s own calculations, the use of shore power every Tuesday will help reduce annual emissions by about seven tonnes of NOx and 300 tonnes of CO2.
Color Line already has two ships connected to shore power. Now the port hopes that DFDS will also opt for cold ironing for its cruise ferries.
Photo: Mike Louagie