- Since the 1st of May, the fast passenger services across the Straits of Messina have been run by Blu Jet Lines, a new subsidiary of the Italian railways.
- Trasmediterranea will use VRONSKY on the Nador and Al-Hoceima routes until 30 June. From 3 July until 8 September newbuilt VILLA DE TEROR will connect Motril and Nador in 4 hours, and Motril and Al-Hoceima in 5-6 hours.
- 8 May 2019, the second of the DFDS new mega freight ferries was handed over by the Jinling Shipyard. She will soon leave for the Mediterranean.
Port of Zeebrugge, Home For UK Ferries
Last Saturday I was in Zeebrugge for a photo shoot on a cruise ship. The port is always surrounded by ferries coming from and going to the United Kingdom, and on this windy day it was not different.
Zeebrugge Port Sees Growth In Ro-Ro Traffic
Q1 shows considerable growth in ro-ro traffics: + 10,6 %.
Larger volumes were shipped between Port of Zeebrugge and the UK in the run up to 12 April, the date given for the Brexit.
In the run up to Brexit, the port of Zeebrugge has presented 2 tools to allow a fluent flow of cargo to and from the UK, despite extra customs administrations which will be implemented after the Brexit deadline.
The development of the RX/SeaPort data sharing platform is an initiative of the Zeebrugge port authority and APZI, the Association of Port of Zeebrugge interests. It is a platform which offers a digital connection between all links in the logistical chain.
“RX/SeaPort guarantees a chainwide solution for cargo shipped from and to the UK quickly and efficiently. Ferry and shortsea traffic will experience new customs regulations after Brexit. If these are handled digitally and efficiently, we will avoid problems.” Joachim Coens, CEO Port of Zeebrugge
RX/SeaPort has launched a wizard, focussing on the impact of Brexit on the logistical process, namely the transportation of goods to (Export) and from (Import) the UK through a Belgian port. Each phase of the import and export flow is illustrated: booking & pre-announcement, customs declaration, guidelines and procedures for departure and arrival at the terminal.
As from 24 February 2019 onwards, CLdN ro-ro will deploy a larger vessel on the Göteborg trade.
By introducing CATHERINE, the total capacity on the trade will be increased by a further 20%.
The introduction of an extra ro-ro links perfectly in with CLdN’s long-term strategy to continue deploying larger vessels on the trade.
Ro-Ro, Port Of Zeebrugge’s Success Factor In 2018
In total, the port of Zeebrugge handled over 40 million tonnes of goods in 2018, a rise of 8 percent. This increase is mostly due to the volumes in ro-ro traffics and liquid natural gas, two very important sectors for the port of Zeebrugge. The container volumes are status quo, but the prospects in that sector for 2019 are very positive.
The ro-ro traffic rises 6.4% to a total volume of nearly 16 million tonnes. Growth occurs on the following destinations: UK (+5.7%), Ireland (+16.8%) and Spain (+21.4%). The increase in traffic on Spain is due to Cobelfret’s new connection to Santander and Finnlines’ scaling up of the ships on the Bilbao route. Deepsea roro-traffic also rises 10%.
The discontinuation of the service on Rosyth (-500,000 tonnes) was compensated by the growth on Teesport (+200,000 tonnes) and Hull (LoLo & Roro: + 250.000 tonnes). Zeebrugge handled 2,8 million new vehicles, which is the same result as in 2017.
Important Brexit-proof Customs Agreement For C.Ro Ports Zeebrugge
Belgian customs recognize C.RO Ports Zeebrugge (CLdN Group) as Authorised Economic Operator (AEO). This is an important achievement for the terminal operator of the CLdN/Cobelfret group.
C.RO Ports Zeebrugge operates daily shortsea services between Zeebrugge and various ports in the UK. The AEO certificate constitutes a strategic weapon for the operator to respond to the forthcoming Brexit.
Brexit Conference In Port Of Zeebrugge
“Every link in the logistics chain must be Brexit-proof”
Joachim Coens, CEO MBZ Port of Zeebrugge
A day after the British cabinet approved a Brexit agreement, the Session Brexit conference took place in the Flemish port city of Zeebrugge. The further consequences of the divorce between the UK and the EU were the central theme.
Zeebrugge Grows 7.7% After Third Quarter
Port of Zeebrugge has reported a growth of 7.7% after the first three quarters of 2018 compared to the same period last year.
The ro-ro traffic grew 8.2% to a total of nearly 12 million tonnes. Growth is registered for the UK (+2.3%), Ireland (+7.8%) and Scandinavia (+1.7%)
Zeebrugge handled a total of 2,091,374 new vehicles (+0.4%).
Attica Group Sees Increased Traffic Volumes In All Segments In First Half Year
Attica published its H1 results, which includes Hellenic Seaways for the first time since its acquisition.
+ Consolidated Revenue = EUR 131.68m (112.04m)
+ EBITDA = 8.81m (7.07m)
The Group’s traffic volumes, considering full consolidation of HSW only for June (1.6.2018 – 30.6.2018), increased to 2.05m pax (+32.5%), 278.71k cars (+27.0%) and 167.88k freight units (+14.5%).