Dublin Port sees full year impact of Brexit on unitised volumes

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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.

Morace announce 30 million refitting plan for the Trasmed GLE’s fleet

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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’ New RoRo Vessels Celebrate Launching and Keel Laying

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  • 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.

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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)

Lübeck Continues to Prepare the Scandinavienkai

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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.

Three-Year Charter Contract for New RoRo LIEKUT

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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 the New RoRo ECO VALENCIA

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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

RoRo Operators and Dockers Fighting in Italy about Cargo Handling

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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.