NGOs Urge Greece and Bangladesh to Stop Illegal Beaching of Ferry

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The ropax PRINCE(SS) (IMO 7347548) illegally departed from Katakolon, Greece, in July and arrived on 22 August in Chattogram, Bangladesh, where she is about to be beached. Despite the fact that competent authorities were alerted that the ship was heading for scrap already in May, the unit was allowed to leave European territorial waters. Before its departure, the new owners changed the flag of the vessel from Cyprus to Togo, and then from Togo to Comoros, in what is a typical preparatory step prior substandard breaking.

Stena Line Takes Delivery of Lengthened STENA SCANDICA

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Stena Line has officially taken delivery of its RoPax STENA SCANDICA, on Friday 18th June. The vessel is the first of two Visentini vessels that are being lengthened and modernised at Sedef Shipbuilding in Turkey.

STENA SCANDICA will start operating on Nynäshamn-Ventspils, beginning of July. [Stena Line Route Map]

CEO Niclas Mårtensson

“Taking delivery of the large, modern and efficient vessel Stena Scandica is a major milestone for Stena Line and enables us to continue to grow together with our customers in the Baltic Sea. During the year we will increase capacity with 30 % on the Nynäshamn-Ventspils route, and 40 % on the Liepaja-Travemünde route”.

(CEO Niclas Mårtensson)

Some highlights:

  • Lengthened with a 36 metre mid-section
  • After the conversion 222m, 970 passengers, 202 cabins and 2,875 freight lane meters.
  • To increase the loading efficiency, the vessels are modified with drive through capabilities on two levels.
  • The vessels are fitted with several sustainable features and fuel efficiency improvements, such as hybrid scrubbers, ballast water cleaning systems, twisted leading edge rudder with costa bulb.

Baltic Sea expansion: Adding 40 % capacity on Travemünde-Liepaja in 2021

As part of the ongoing expansion in the Baltic Sea, Stena Line will relocate the two vessels currently sailing on Nynäshamn-Ventspils, STENA LIVIA and STENA FLAVIA, to the route Liepaja – Travemünde. The vessels will increase the freight capacity on the route by 40 % and shorten the crossing time from 27 to 20 hours. This will enable a reliable transport service with a fixed timetable with 12 weekly departures, six in each direction.


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On November 24, 2020, KNOSSOS PALACE of Minoan Lines is expected to depart for the port of Naples, in order to replace CRUISE BONARIA ex- EUROPA PALACE in the Italian service.

CRUISE BONARIA will be renamed KNOSSOS PALACE, sport the Minoan Lines livery and will be introduced on the Piraeus–Heraklion line. Her arrival in Greece is expected within the first ten days of December.

Almost ready is the Kerkyra Lines small ferry EVDOKIA. The ship was purchased in September 2019 from the Japanese Sakido Kisen Co and sailed to Greece (Amaliapolis) on January 12, 2020. Due to the covid-19 crisis, her conversion was delayed, however today she had her final sea trials at Chalkis Shipyards and she will depart for Corfu soon in order to be introduced on the Corfu – Igoumenitsa or Diapontia Islands line.

The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom has made a decision to impose a service obligation on round trips between Mariehamn and Kapellskär (Viking Line), as well as Eckerö and Grisslehamn (Eckerö).

On November 10, the first of two 5,000 lane meter dual-fuel LNG ropax ferries for the German TT-Line was floated out at the China Merchants Nanjing Jinling Shipyard.

With their newbuild in service, Chilean Navimag have sold the former DUKE OF FLANDERS for scrap in India.

Rømø-Sylt Linie GmbH & Co. KG has decided to repaint the two FRS Syltfähre ferries in red.

Brittany Ferries COTENTIN is back in France after the Stena line charter. She will be used on Poole – Cherbourg from January, as per UK Government Brexit Contracts.

Naviera Armas keeps the public service contract for El Hierro – Tenerife. The total contract amounts to € 6,000,000 and lasts two years.

Suardiaz RoRo GALICIA has been sold to the Spanish MoD (foronaval).

Sixth LNG-powered Ship Joins the Baleària Fleet

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Ropax SICILIA has been refitted and re-engined at the WestSea Viana Yard in Portugal.

  • An LNG tank with a 425m3 capacity has been installed, good for a range of 1,100 nautical miles.
  • The MAN9L48 / 60 engines have been converted into the 9L51 / 60DF dual fuel version.
  • Installation of fuel consumption and emission monitoring system (as on BAHAMA MAMA), subsidised for 50% by CEF Transport funds. this is the first phase of the project for a future fleet control tower that will allow operations and vessels to be managed more efficiently from different aspects, such as safety, preventive maintenance of equipment and commercial efficiency. In 2022, five ships in the fleet will have this monitoring.

Baleària decided already in 2012 to make LNG its main fuel.

New Baltic Connection between Liepaja – Karlskrona – Travemünde

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From August 13, Stena Line will be adding a port-call in Karlskrona (Sweden) on the existing ferry route between Liepaja (Letland) and Travemünde (Germany).

“We see an increasing demand for sea transportation in the Baltic region. This is an expansive region where Stena Line already has a strong presence and we are pleased to expand our customer offering. Our intention is to increase the frequency and capacity even further going forward.”, says Erik Thulin, Trade Director Baltic Sea North.

The route between Liepaja and Travemünde is operated by the two Danish-flagged RoPax vessels STENA GOTHICA and URD, both with a freight capacity of 1,600 lane meters. The new weekly port-call in Karlskrona will initially be in the direction Liepaja-Travemünde on Thursday evenings.

Click on the map to see a live view of Stena Line’s freight routes.

Click on a ship to see its details.

Two months ago, Flow Ship Design already came up with a rendering of a hybrid double-ended ferry (diesel-electric), designed to carry 600 passengers and 170 cars.

This ferry is also part of the METRO project, for the Croatian domestic route Brestova-Porozina.

What does the competition do?

TT Line has a route connecting Trelleborg (Sweden) with Klaipeda (Lithuania) and of course Travemunde (Germany) – Trelleborg.

DFDS has a route connecting Karlshamn (Sweden) with Klaipeda (Lithuania) and Kiel (Germany) – Klaipeda.

New RoPax Design for Metro Project

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Croatia-based Flow Ship Design has published a new rendering of a ropax ferry. It has been designed for the EU-funded METRO project within the framework of the Interreg Italy – Croatia Programme.

METRO stands for “Maritime Environment-friendly TRanspOrt systems”.

Some characteristics of the hybrid ropax:

Short international routes in Adriatic Sea (Italy-Croatia / Ancona-Split)

Passengers 1,340 Crew 75

Cruising speed 15.5 knots.

Fully enclosed Main hold capacity of 630 lane meter or 2020 m2,

In addition hoistable car deck with parking area of 1865 m2

Stern and bow ramps

Twin screw, twin rudder, twin dual fuel engines driven with abt. 400 m3 LNG storage tanks. Two shaft generators (PTO/PTI) coupled with battery system with abt. 5 MWh capacity to cover entire range of electric power demand.

Two months ago, Flow Ship Design already came up with a rendering of a hybrid double-ended ferry (diesel-electric), designed to carry 600 passengers and 170 cars.

This ferry is also part of the METRO project, for the Croatian domestic route Brestova-Porozina.


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Congratulations to Jan Philip Eckmann and his team who published an impressive new issue of RoPax magazine.

Not only do we have the pleasure to share this terrific magazine with our readers, Jan Philip Eckmann will also be one of the moderators at the Ferry Shipping Summit in Amsterdam.

Click on the cover to get free access to ROPAX.