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)
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.
Grimaldi Group took delivery of ECO VALENCIA, the first of 12 hybrid roro ships (of which 3 are for Finnlines) part of the new Grimaldi Green 5th Generation class built in China by Nanjing Jinling Shipyard.
- The vessel will be deployed on the motorways of the seas between Italy and Spain linking Livorno, Savona, Barcelona and Valencia ports
- Length 238m / beam 34m / gross tonnage 64,000 / 7,800 lane meters
- The design of the newbuilds was developed by the Technical and Energy Saving Department of the Grimaldi Group together with Knud E. Hansen in close cooperation with the shipyard
- Classified “Green Plus”, which recognizes the environmental sustainability and performance
- The vessel also obtained the AIR-LUB notation for her innovative air lubrification system
Tension and troubles are arising in several Italian ports as some roro operators are not respecting a law just approved by the Italian Parliament. This law says that lashing and unlashing of cargo onboard the ship can be done by crewmembers only where skilled dockers are not available in port. To be fully effective this new regulation needs final guidelines, still to be adapted by the local Transport ministry.
Dockers cite a need to improve safety and highlight that lashing is dockwork, and abuses must be sanctioned.
Grandi Navi Veloci, Grimaldi Lines and Caronte & Tourist are some of the ro-pax companies active in Italy pushing towards the possibility to make ro-ro self-handling on board their ships.
Italian shipowners’ associations Confitarma and Assarmatori anticipated their will to contest the coming into force of the law either in Italy or in Europe if necessary.
At a rapid pace CLdN expands its roro network and frequencies. The compagnie is also much more active in its communication, a change with the past.
CLdN announced it will now have two weekly departures from Zeebrugge to Esbjerg: one on Saturday (arrival on Sunday) and one on Wednesday (arrival on Thursday).