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Kongsberg Wins Contracts For Nine Hybrid Ro-Ro Vessels

Kongsberg Maritime has been awarded contracts with Nanjing Jinling Shipyard Co., to deliver power and hybrid systems to the nine ro-ro vessels ordered by Grimaldi Group.

The contract scope includes supply and integration of large battery systems, shaft generators, frequency converters and energy management systems.


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Zeebrugge celebrated the christening of CLdN’s ro-ro DELPHINE on 20 September 2018. The ceremony was held in the evening, to have the best conditions for the fireworks.

(Photo: Dirk Neyts)


  • Wightlink’s hybrid car ferry, VICTORIA OF WIGHT, was officially named on Thursday 20 September by Her Royal Highness Sophie The Countess of Wessex.
  • Transmediterranea’s new ferry VILLA DEL TEROR has been on sea trials and could be ready in a month.
  • Ferry GALAXY has ended its charter with Africa Morocco Link (AML) and has left Algeciras bound for Trapani, Italy.
  • CLdN Ro-Ro started to offer three direct calls between Rotterdam and Leixoes. Departure Leixoes: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday. Departure Rotterdam Monday, Wednesday, Friday.


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Ro-Ro Continues To Grow In Port Of Zeebrugge

Port of Zeebrugge has reported a growth of 6.3% during the first semester. A total of 19,450,286 tons of cargo has been processed. The increase is situated in the ro-ro sector (+9.3%), fluid bulk goods (+15.1%) and the container sector (+6.1%).

Ro-ro ferry growth is registered for the UK (+1.9%), Ireland (+9.1%), Scandinavia (+4.2%) and Southern Europe (+23.6%).


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Port of Zeebrugge Will Become Entirely Brexit Proof

Ferry Shipping News visited Port of Zeebrugge’s CEO, Mr Joachim Coens, for an interview.

Mr Coens was one of the distinguished speakers at our Ferry Shipping Summit in Amsterdam.

Unsurprisingly the main subject of the conversation was the importance of the United Kingdom as a trading partner, its ro-ro services, and the issues around the Brexit.


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As The Clock Ticks, Brexit Frustration Is Growing

CEO Port of Zeebrugge, Joachim Coens, and Deputy CEO Port of Calais Benoit Rochet paid a visit to the British House of Commons on June 5, for a session about “UK’s economic relationship with the European Union”. The Belgian and the French Port demand urgent clarity on what will happen post-Brexit in order to secure a smooth transition.

Mr Coens asked for clarity about the transition period. “The transition period of two years is fine, provided we know from the beginning of that transition period what we have to do. We cannot be ready if there is uncertainty in the transition period.”

Some of the hot topics outlined by Mr Coens:

  • The need for a good and comprehensive trade agreement EU-UK.
  • Preserve current free movement of goods as much as possible.
  • Guaranteed efficient and fast transit of – European and international – goods through the port.
  • No import duties – minimal non-tariff barriers.
  • EU and UK customs administrations need to start preparing and cooperating.

“We know there is Brexit but we don’t know exactly what Brexit means,” said Port of Calais CEO Benoit Rochet.