U.N. Ro-Ro Is Now Part Of The DFDS Family

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DFDS completed the acquisition of U.N. Ro-Ro after all relevant authorities approved the transaction. The deal was completed on June 7.

  • N. Ro-Ro operates five freight ferry routes connecting Turkey with Trieste and Toulon.
  • N. Ro-Ro has 12 modern ro-ro ferries and its own port terminals in Istanbul and Trieste.
  • In Europe, U.N. Ro-Ro offers intermodal solutions to and from other European markets.
  • Annual revenue of EUR 240 million and 500 employees.
  • DFDS to have a fleet of 50 ships (once the newbuildings are delivered)

Selçuk Boztepe, CEO of U.N. Ro-Ro and now Head of a new Mediterranean business unit in DFDS’ Shipping Division said:

  • Soon Patras will be added as a port of call between Italy and Turkey.
  • Aim is to become key player in the sea transport sector in the North Africa, Black Sea and Middle East regions.

Photo: U.N. Ro-Ro

FERRY SHIPPING

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Grimaldi Orders Six Mega Ro-Ro Ships

 

The Grimaldi Group has signed an agreement for the building of six “GG5G” ro-ro vessels, for a total investment worth over USD 400 million.

  • Shipyard: Jinling, China
  • Design: Grimaldi Group and Knud E. Hansen
  • Length 238m
  • Gross tonnage 64,000
  • Lane meters 7,800 (500 trailers)
  • Hybrid: fossil fuel at sea and mega lithium batteries for use in port. Batteries will be recharged at sea through shaft generators and solar panels.
  • Hull: Air lubrication
  • Scrubber
  • Three vessels for Grimaldi Lines in the Mediterranean.
  • Three ice-class vessels for Finnlines in the Baltic.
  • Delivery as from 2020.

BREAKING NEWS

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DFDS Expands Into the Med By Acquiring U.N. Ro-Ro

In a company announcement, DFDS says it acquires U.N. Ro-Ro, the Turkish operator of freight shipping routes in the Mediterranean, connecting Turkey with Italy and France.

This means a geographic expansion of the DFDS route network, with a considerable expansion in the Mediterranean.

DFDS is to acquire 98.8% from owners, the Turkish private equity firms Actera Group and Esas Holdings.

U.N. Ro-Ro is highly profitable, with an enterprise value of EUR 950 million.

“With the acquisition of U.N. Ro-Ro, we are expanding into one of Europe’s most attractive freight markets which is operationally similar to northern Europe. This gives us opportunity together with the existing strong management team to leverage our network, fleet, experience and skills to develop the business further while supporting the growth of U.N. Ro-Ro’s customers”, says Niels Smedegaard, CEO of DFDS.

The transaction is subject to approval by the Turkish, Austrian and German competition authorities as well as Italian authorities in relation to the transfer of the Trieste terminal as a strategic asset. Closing of the transaction is expected to take place in June 2018.

U.N. Ro-Ro operates five freight shipping routes in the Mediterranean between Turkey and EU: four routes connect to Italy (Trieste) and one to France (Toulon).

The routes carried 202,000 freight units in 2017.

By the end of 2017, U.N. Ro-Ro deployed 12 ro-ro ferries, all built by the Flensburg shipyard, where also some of DFDS’ ships are built.

FERRY NEWS

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MSC To Start A New Ro-Ro Route Between Izmir And Trieste

Mediterranean Shipping Company will start a new twice-weekly ro-ro service between Izmir, Turkey and Trieste, Italy, primarily aimed at trailers, containers, project and breakbulk cargo.
Two modern con-ro vessels from will be deployed. Although not confirmed by MSC, Italian sources say it will be two units from Linea Messina. It is known that MSC tries to acquire 49% of the Messina shares, further expanding and diversifying short-sea ro-ro operations in the Med.

CMA CGM’s Morroco Express service reduced to a one-ship operation

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CMA CGM has reduced its ro-ro service to North Africa, and concentrates on a single service Marseille-Casablanca-Marseille. This single service was started on January 20 with ro-ro AKNOUL, reports l’Antenne (in French).
The original “Morroco Express” service was launched on October 2017, with the first loop linking Casablanca, Tanger and Marseille, and a second loop linking Tanger, Marseille and Genoa.

CLdN increases number of sailings on Zeebrugge – Göteborg

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CLdN announced that the number of sailings between Zeebrugge and Göteborg will be increased from three to four per week, starting on January 1.
This route is increasingly successful for both CLdN and competitor SOL Continent Line. It acknowledges the role of the port of Zeebrugge as hub between Scandinavia and the Baltic, Ireland/UK and Spain/Portugal.
CLdN is waiting for the imminent delivery of the series of 5,500 lane meter ro-ro’s. In total eight ro-ro ship orders have been confirmed, with an option for a further four.
The CLdN vessels trading on Göteborg are handled in Zeebrugge by C.Ro Ports on their brand new terminal and hub, the Albert II Dock, where the Dublin vessels (the new 7,800 lane meter CELINE) are also being handled.

Photo: CLdn’s SOMERSET in the Albert II dock, Zeebrugge

CLdN moves terminals in Göteborg

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CLdN ro-ro will move their activities in Göteborg from Logent Ports & Terminals AB (Port 2) to Gothenburg RORO Terminal AB (Port 6). This terminal is jointly owned by DFDS and C.RO Ports (65/35) and is also used by SOL Continent Line.
CLdN vessels will be handled in the Gothenburg RORO Terminal as from January 2.

Photo: Port of Göteborg

Analysis: Sinking of US Container Ro-Ro Vessel S.S. EL FARO in 2015

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The US National Transportation Safety Board has issued a video which explains the facts and findings of the sinking of Tote’s con-ro S.S. EL FARO on 1 October 2015.
The deadliest shipping disaster involving a U.S.-flagged vessel in more than 30 years was seemingly caused by a captain’s failure to avoid sailing into a hurricane despite numerous opportunities to route a course away from hazardous weather.
The ship was en route from Jacksonville, Florida, to San Juan, Puerto Rico and sank on 1 October 2015, in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Joaquin, taking the lives of all 33 aboard.