- Stena RoRo ordered 2 hybrid propulsion vessels designed to run on methanol, and future proofed for both battery propulsion and shore power.
- Stena Line Belfast-Heysham route
- Launch on the Irish Sea in 2025
- Length 147m/2,800 lane metres, which is an 80% increase on current ship capacities.
- Actual ship 1: STENA HIBERNIA 142m/1,710 lane metres,
- Actual ship 2: STENA SCOTIA 142m/1,692 lane metres
- The unique tidal systems prevailing in Heysham can be challenging. Each vessel will be fitted with a bespoke marine technology configuration making it more resilient to the prevailing weather conditions. Three bow thrusters.
- Shipyard Jinling Weihai, China
- Design: NAOS
- Competition on Belfast-Heysham: Seatruck Ferries (CLdN Group)
Newbuilt RoRo 782 ‘TENNOR OCEAN’ left the Flensburg Fjord bound for Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven.
The ferry will move to Lloyd Werft’s Dock 3 for a week, so that the shipbuilders of Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft can carry out remaining work on the ship’s hull, to optimise the performance.
Subsequently TENNOR OCEAN will set off for sea trials.
The yard already tested the 2.11-metre-high folding mast, newly developed for this type of ship. It enables the passage through the Kiel Canal (height restriction of 40m)
Specifications: 4,000 lane meters over four decks | 279 trailers | LOA 210m
Photos: FSG/Finn Karstens
83% of Dublin Port’s volumes are in the RoRo and LoLo modes and there were contrasting outcomes in these two modes:
- The number of RoRo units fell by -9.3% or 99,000 trailers
- This was significantly offset by an increase in LoLo units of +10.2% or 43,000 containers
- Overall unitised volumes (RoRo and LoLo combined) were down by -3.8% or 56,000 units
The full year impacts of Brexit on Dublin Port’s unitised volumes (RoRo and LoLo) are now clear:
- The overall decline in the number of containers and trailers was small (-3.8%).
- Fewer goods are now moving in trailers in the RoRo mode and more are moving in containers in the LoLo mode. LoLo’s share of unitised volumes increased from 29% to 33%.
- Fewer RoRo trailers are moving driver-accompanied. During 2021, their number declined by 90,000, contributing substantially to the overall decline in RoRo volumes of 99,000.
- The decline in RoRo volumes was concentrated on routes to the GB ports of Holyhead, Liverpool and Heysham where volumes declined by 187,000 (-21%) to 703,000.
- However, RoRo volumes on direct routes to Continental Europe increased by 88,000 to 259,000.
- As a result, where GB routes accounted for 64% of all of the 1.5 million unit loads (RoRo and LoLo combined) in 2020, they only accounted for 52% of the 1.4 million unit loads in 2021.
After the first summer season under control of the new owner, Grimaldi Group, Trasmed GLE’s fleet will undergo an important refitting program.
CEO Ettore Morace told Ferry Shipping News that all the ropax units controlled by Grimaldi (CIUDAD DE PALMA, VOLCÁN DEL TEIDE, VOLCÁN DE TIJARAFE and CIUDAD DE GRANADA (photo)) will be refurbished . The investment is worth EUR 30 million.
Ropax CIUDAD DE MAHÓN is to be put up for sale soon.
Roro EUROFERRY EGNAZIA has been chartered-in by Trasmed Gle, from Grimaldi Euromed.
The refitting program will take shape in the coming months in a shipyard located in the West Mediterranean Sea (Italy, Spain or Malta) and include mainly the restyling of internal spaces, installation of scrubbers and some investments in IT.
- Finnlines’ Newbuilding Programme proceeds as planned.
- 30 August 2021: launch of second hybrid ro-ro vessel
- 31 August 2021: keel laying ceremony for the third vessel
- The series of three ro-ro vessels are being built at the Chinese Jinling shipyard located in Nanjing.
- Better service for truck drivers: gym and sauna, a dining and recreation room and a laundry for drivers to use. Single cabins.
- 40% more cargo capacity (5,800 lane metres)
- The vessels will be fitted with state-of-the-art engines with emission abatement technology, an air lubrication system, lithium-ion batteries and solar panels.
- Ice class 1A Super
FINNECO I: sea trials in September, in service end of 2021.
FINNECO II and III in 2022. All three vessels will sail under the Finnish flag.
On June 28, 2021, Godby Shipping AB delivered -at the port of Piraeus- the RoRo BALTICA to the Cypriot-based Salamis Lines. The ship was purchased in May 2021 and will join her close sisters ALEXO and AKRITAS that currently serve the international Cyprus-Greece line.
Two New Turkish RoRo Connections in One Week
This week (5) sees the start of two new roro freight routes from Turkey.
Route 1: Karasu – Constanta
Joakim Lindblom, the CEO of Sea Lines confirmed last week’s news about the start of a new roro route between Karasu (Turkey) and Constanta (Romania).
- Start: 3 February 2021
- Vessel: VASALAND
- Last year the route was tested with Sea Lines own roro SEA PARTNER.
- Information and timetable: Sea Lines
Route 2: Izmir – Tarragona
EKOL and Inditex started the route Tarragona (Spain) – Izmir (Turkey) with DFDS operating it as of today, 2 February.
A weekly roundtrip is planned and the first sailing from Izmir, on Sunday 7 February at 12:00, has been advertised in DFDS’s latest sailing schedule.
Vessel: SF BALEARES (chartered from Trasmediterranea)
Morocco Cruise Line (MCL), a start-up company (which we already announced last year) will open two new lines, one between Tangier Med and Motril and the other between Tangier Med and Sète.
Grimaldi’s EUROCARGO NAPOLI seems to become the first vessel in the fleet.
To be confirmed!
The handling volumes of Lübecker Hafen-Gesellschaft (LHG) were just over two percent below the previous year’s figure at just under 21,840 million tons.
The volume increase in the past four months in particular contributed to minimise the decline.
Automotive business was 20% higher.
Most areas, including the high-volume roro handling, were in decline.
Forest products fell by 7.5 percent for structural reasons.
LHG is preparing Skandinavienkai in Travemünde with an additional area of around 60,000m2 and a 10,000m2 multi-purpose hall for the forest industry. First customer will be Stora Enso.
The terminal will be ready at the end of the year, when Wallenius SOL starts to call with the new roro ships.
The Flensburg newbuilt LIEKUT finally found a home to operate. The roro vessel will join the SeaRoad fleet for three years, as from March 2021.
She will replace SEAROAD TAMAR on the Bass Strait (Tasmania-Australia) until SeaRoad’s new vessel is constructed.
SeaRoad’s new permanent vessel is scheduled to come online in the second half of 2023.
Ferry Shipping News asked if a ship had already been ordered. “It’s still being negotiated with shipyards,” said the SeaRoad spokesperson.
LIEKUT’s ship owners, Siem, will complete modifications in Poland prior to her delivery, including strengthening decks, installing barriers and drainage, and modifying the stern ramp to suit LIEKUT’s new home port of Devonport.