The new Polferries Ro-Pax is taking shape

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The shipyard Cantiere Navale Visentini located in Porto Viro, Italy is building a new Ro-Pax for Polferries. The 10-year charter contract was signed in August 2022.

The new ferry will be the largest in this Polish shipowner’s fleet. It will have around 3,000 lane meters for freight units (140-145 standard trucks 16,5-17m) which will be loaded on 3 ro-ro decks and in addition opportunity to load about 200 passenger cars on other 2 car decks.

The ferry will accommodate 920 passengers and 60 crew members.

It will enter the fleet in mid-2024 and will operate on the Swinoujscie-Ystad route.

Port Of Olbia RoPax Terminal: Moby And Grimaldi Group Interested

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Although no offers were officially sent to the port authority of the Sardinian Sea before the deadline of 4 November, at least two group are interested in operating the ropax terminal in the Port of Olbia.
Moby group officially said to have submitted a project finance in the last few days and also Grimaldi Group is expected to do have done the same.

Last June, the Port Network Authority of the Sardinian Sea announced that it intends to select a private partner for the management of the ropax terminal, passenger services, parking areas, and support services to road transport and to the users of the commercial area in the port of Olbia.

As of today, the ferry terminal is managed by Sinergest, subsidiary of Moby group, and the concession (which expired last year) was and will be extended until the end of 2019.

Shipping Agents In Sardinia Suggest Ro-Pax Traffic Relocation In The Port Of Cagliari

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The regional ship agents’ association in Sardinia calls for a relocation of the ferry and ro-ro traffic in Cagliari, from the old harbour in the city center to the so called ‘Porto Canale’ where the local container terminal managed by Contship Italia is set to be shut down soon.

The Cagliari International Container Terminal had a yard area of 400,000 m2 and 1,520 metres of linear quays.

According to the local ship agents’ association, “a broader reorganization of the port spaces is needed. Our idea would be to move from the old port all the activities related to ro-ro and ro-pax traffics thus leaving Rinascita and Sabaudo quays to the cruise traffic and yachts”.

As of today, the only ferry company calling at the port of Cagliari is Tirrenia, while Grendi Trasporti Marittimi offers a maritime ro-ro link to and from Marina di Carrara, and Grimaldi Group to and from Civitavecchia.


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Onorato Armatori officially signed the final agreement with the Chinese yard GSI for building two new ro-pax ferries which are set to be deployed from the summer 2022 on the Livorno – Olbia routes. The keel laying of the first ferry is planned for June 2020.

The technical details of the new units are: an overall length of 237m, width of 32m and a gross tonnage of 69,500.
Lane metre capacity will be 3,800.

The ferry will be able to transport 2,500 passengers (in 550 cabins) and 1,300 cars.

“The ferries will be LNG-ready and fitted with the latest technologies for energy optimisation,” says the press release from Danish naval architects OSK-ShipTech.

The engines with a power of 10.8 megawatts will guarantee a particularly low fuel consumption and eco-friendly 23.5 knots with peaks close to 25 knots.

Achille Onorato, Ceo of Moby Group, said: “We might confirm the option for another couple of ships with the same characteristics”.

Ferry Shipping News recently revealed that both those newbuildings will be delivered to Fratelli Onorato Armatori trough a sale & lease back contract with China’s ICBC Leasing and then sub-chartered to Moby – Tirrenia Cin.


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Canadian engineering firm Aspin Kemp and Associates Inc. (AKA) and German MAN Energy Solutions are working together on the delivery of the propulsion package for 1+1 Ro-Pax for TT-Line. The vessel is to be built at Jiangsu Jingling shipyard in China. The MAN/AKA power and propulsion package includes eight MAN 51/60DF dual fuel engines, propellers and gearboxes, a fuel-gas supply system and HyProp ECO – an innovative, fuel-saving, hybrid propulsion system.

MCIB Published The EPSILON Incident Report

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The Irish Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) examined an incident involving the Irish Ferries ro-pax EPSILON, which happened in February 2016. The report has been published and can be downloaded via the link below.

What happened: after sailing from Cherbourg to Dublin the Italian-flagged vessel experienced adverse weather conditions (Force 10, waves 6-9m), causing cargo shifts, damage and injuries to people.

Some issues: Senior Master versus Duty Master, cargo securing, weather forecasting.

Conclusions in paragraph 5, and safety recommendations in paragraph 6.

Start Shot Given For Algérie Ferries’ New Ro-Pax

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The building of ENTMV / Algérie Ferries’ new ro-pax has officially started after Wang Yanzhong (China Shipping Trading Co.), Jan Andersson (CEO Seaquest), Captain Ayed Abdeselam (ENTMV) and Zhou Xuhui (Guangzhou Shipyard International) signed the last documents.

The vessel has a capacity of 1,800 passengers and 3,250 lane meters. The delivery is scheduled around mid-2020.

SeaQuest has been appointed as new building project manager.

Baleària Fleet Goes The LNG Way

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Baleària is also finalising the construction of what will be the first two smart ro-pax ships with LNG engines to sail the Mediterranean. The HYPATIA DE ALEJANDRÍA is scheduled to begin operations early next year, followed by the MARIE CURIE a few months later.

Meanwhile, the first of a total of six ships in the fleet will have its engine replaced this autumn to allow it to sail with LNG. The European Union recently awarded Baleària a grant of some €12 million out of the total investment €72 million.

Within the next three years Baleària plans to have at least half of its ferry fleet using LNG, rising to a 100% of the fleet within ten years.