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Sea Trials for Second Electric Norled Ferry

SOLAVÅGEN is the second in a series of four electric passenger/vehicle ferries, built at Remontowa Shipbuilding SA for Norled. The ferry began sea trials on August, 1.

These battery-powered ferries will be sailing in the area of Norwegian fjords and will serve the connection between Festøya – Solavågen and Mannheller – Fodnes. At the end of June this year the first ferry was handed over to the shipowner, which entered the Festøya-Solavågen line in mid-July.

Photo Remontowa: Piotr Rudzki; Agnieszka Latarska, Maciej Bielesz / Portalmorski.Pl

Tallink Grupp’s New Shuttle Mystar Steel Sections Prepared in Poland Set Sail for Rauma Shipyard

Steel sections built at the former Gdanska Shipyard for Tallink Grupp’s new shuttle vessel MyStar, which will become the vessel’s food storage area in the future, set sail on August 1 on the barge KIKKA, towed by tugboat METEOR, towards the builder RMC´s Rauma shipyard in Finland.


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Eckerö’s New Acquisition Started to Operate

The FINBO CARGO started service on Tuesday 25 June.

This photo (by Kalle Id) was taken during her first arrival in Vuosaari harbour, at least in commercial service. She did do a berthing test some days earlier.

She sails between Vuosaari (Finland) and Muuga (Estonia). Why Muuga and not the old city harbour in Tallinn. Rumour has it that the port of Tallinn didn’t originally want to make the necessary changes to the Muuga harbour, but the big public outrage of a cargo-oriented ferry coming to the city center made them change their mind.

And in Helsinki, of course, these days harbour fees for trucks are more expensive in the city center harbours than they are in Vuosaari, hence additional capacity in Vuosaari makes sense.


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Thomas P. Illes, Shipping & Cruise/Ferry Analyst, was so kind to share some pictures he took last week during a cruise in the Med. The first photo was taken in Ajaccio. The dramatic sky is obvious. It was the period when so much damage was created along the Italian Coast.

The photos below were taken in Olbia.

FINLANDIA SEAWAYS is finally back in service after her engine room fire. She is currently operating on the Cuxhaven – Immingham route.


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Thank you Alistair Eagles (Seatruck Ferries) for sharing with us this picture of one of your vessels being prepared for its new charterers. The painters seem to have some sense of humor.

Fred. Olsen Express and Baleària, through its alliance Canary Bridge Seaways, will launch the new route between the Canary Islands and Huelva on 11 November with CLIPPER PENNANT.

Is the coaster GULF ANGEL having a project cargo? Is it transporting an oversized model of MOBY AKI? No, this optical illusion has been perfectly captured by Swiss Shipping & Cruise/Ferry Analyst Thomas P. Illes, in the port of Livorno. Well spotted!

Clémence Cavelier-Bekaert (Sales Assistant NCG) took this wonderful, foggy photo of PONT-AVEN. Merci beaucoup!

It’s a little over one month until Brittany Ferries new HONFLEUR is launched from the slipway at the FSG shipyard. Brice Robinson, Engineer Newbuilding, took this and other pictures, which can be seen here.


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Mr Roberto Prever, President at Naos Ship and Boat Design srl, was so kind to share with Ferry Shipping News his pictures of TASMANIAN ACHIEVER II. Built by the Jinling shipyard, she has been doing successful sea trials. Speed was above the expectation, there was an excellent response to the rudders and vibration was well below the limits.

Toll Shipping will operate the two new ships in the Bass Strait, between Tasmania and mainland Australia.

Last Friday I (Mike Louagie) embarked on Holland America Line’s KONINGSDAM for a cruise out of Civitavecchia. Especially the American guests were impressed by Superman and Superwoman on the Tirrenia ferry BITHIA.

As soon as we left the port, CRUISE ROMA entered, coming from Barcelona.

Passing the Strait of Messina is always a navigational highlight. One of the ships was the UN RoRo vessel CÜNEYT SOLAKOGLU.

All creatures big and small… Jadrolinja’s ferry HANIBAL LUCIC is looking very small compared to the KONINGSDAM.

Photographed in the Corfu Strait is ANEK Lines’ ASTERION II.

North West Ferries’ AGIOS SPIRIDON serves different islands out of Igoumenitsa. She is seen here approaching Kerkyra (Corfu).


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Last week Ferry Shipping News showed a series of pictures taken in Ajaccio. This week we have the pleasure to show you in this Corsican collage how busy Bastia can beLast week Ferry Shipping News showed a series of pictures taken in Ajaccio. This week we have the pleasure to show you in this Corsican collage how busy Bastia can be.

LEONORA CHRISTINA’s new look starts to emerge in the Oresund Drydocks shipyard. She will be renamed BETANCURIA EXPRESS and operate between the Canary Islands for Fred. Olsen Express.

(Photo: Fred. Olsen)

On Tuesday Kristiansand made me feel very welcome with stunning weather conditions. Color Line’s SUPERSPEED 1 is seen here, loading for her 8 am departure to Hirtshals.


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Some pictures of last week’s trip to Corsica. Let’s start this week with Ajaccio, and next week we’ll go to Bastia.

These pictures, with the Corsica Ferries vessel and the French flags, was taken on Sunday 9 September. A ceremony took place to remember the liberation of Ajaccio in 1943. It was the first French city to be free.

Below picture has been taken by Captain Apostolos Kaknis. It is amazing how fast the HSC WORLDCHAMPION JET (ex VILLUM CLAUSEN) sailed from Bornholm to Piraeus. She was welcomed in Greece on Wednesday 19 September.


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Dirk Jankowsky photographed the former VILLUM CLAUSEN in the Kiel Canal on Sunday 9 September. The fast craft has been renamed WORLDCHAMPION JET. She’s on her way to Greece for SeaJets.

Captain Apostolos Kaknis was so kind to sent us this photograph of CRUISE OLYMPIA lit by a warm Greek sunshine.
He also provided this view (below) from NISSOS SAMOS in Piraeus (Hellenic Seaways).

This picture was taken last year, in Incheon, South-Korea. It shows a ferry with the long name of NEW GOLDEN BRIDGE 2 (Weidong Ferry).
Some sources say that this ship could come to Europe soon. We don’t do rumours. We do nice pictures. This one was taken onboard cruise ship VOLENDAM, Holland America Line.