Saos Ferries’ SAONISSOS enters service on the Evia-Sporades run

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Saos Ferries announced that its ferry SAONISSOS will soon be introduced on the Mandoudi (Evia) – Skiathos – Skopelos line.

On June 12, 2023, the Japanese-built ship carried out her sea trials successfully and is expected to serve the line till the end of the month. According to Saos Ferries, SAONISSOS will shorten the distance to the islands of the line and consequently the travel time, as well as the cost will be reduced.

SAONISSOS was built in Japan in 1994. Her carrying capacity is for 400 passengers and 85 cars. Speed 17.5 knots.

Photo: Saos Ferries

Former Olympus under conversion into a Ro-Ro vessel

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Creta Cargo Lines’ new acquisition Ro-Ro AGIOS GEORGIOS (ex OLYMPUS) is currently having her dry docking at Spanopoulos Group facilities. The Japanese-built vessel was purchased in mid-February 2023.

Creta Cargo lines decided to operate her as a Ro-Ro vessel.

RoRo Agios Georgios is the fifth vessel on the Cretan company’s fleet and she is expected to enhance her company’s presence in the Greek Ro-Ro market.

Photo: Kostas Papadopoulos

Saos Ferries’ HSC NISSOS arrived in Greece

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On May 31, 2023, Saos Ferries’ HSC NISSOS (ex ALCANTARA DOS) arrived under tow (tug BAS VIKING) in Greece, after a 12-day voyage.

The ship was purchased from the Spanish Acciona Logistica S.A. on April 17 and left the port of Almeria on May 19.

She will undergo necessary repairs and refit and she will be probably introduced -next year- on the Sporades Islands or Dodecanese run.

ETS Shipping (3): European Shipowners say that “earmarked revenues can mark a turning point for shipping’s decarbonisation

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European shipowners welcome the formal approval of the new EU ETS law. Earmarking a part of the revenues of the Innovation Fund for the maritime sector can mark a turning point in the decarbonisation of the industry.

At least 20 million ETS allowances, which correspond to around 2 billion Euro under the current ETS carbon price, will be allocated to maritime projects under the Innovation Fund.

Saos Ferries purchased the HSC ALCANTARA DOS

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  • Greece-based Saos Ferries announced officially the purchase of the HSC ALCANTARA DOS from Acciona Transmediterranea (ACCIONA LOGISTICA SA).
  • The high-speed craft was laid up in Almeria since January 2020 and served on the Alcúdia-Ciutadella line.
  • She will be renamed NISSOS and soon will raise the Greek flag.
  • She was built in 1995 in Australia and her carrying capacity is for 550 passengers and 150 cars.

Photo: Transmediterranea

SAOS Ferries’ MISHI renamed THE LADY

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On April 10, 2022, SAOS Ferries announced that its latest acquisition ferry MISHI (former MISHIMA) will be renamed THE LADY.

She was purchased from Mishima Mura (M-Line) in June 2021 and currently undergoing a major conversion at Drapetsona Repair Zone to carry 700 passengers and 150 cars.

She is expected to be introduced on the Dodecanese inter-island service.

SAOS Ferries’ MISHI arrived in Greece

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SAOS FERRIES former Japanese Ferry MISHI (former MISHIMA) arrived in Greece on December 5, 2021.

The 89m ship arrived at the Kapogiannatos Shipyards (Perama), where she will undergo a 4-month conversion into a passenger ferry.

She is expected to enter service on the domestic market within the next season.

Photo: Dimitris Mentakis

Is the DFDS – P&O Ferries capacity sharing agreement distorting competition?

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United Kingdom’s CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) is investigating whether a capacity sharing agreement between P&O Ferries and DFDS, on the Dover-Calais route has potential to prevent, restrict or distort competition within the UK.

The investigation has been launched on 11 November 2021.

The P&O and DFDS freight space agreement commenced on 7 November. Drivers are allowed to embark on the next available ferry, either from DFDS or P&O.

If going with DFDS or P&O, truck drivers have a ferry every 37 minutes.

Competitor Irish Ferries will have a departure every 2 ½ hours, once the second ship enters the route. [FSN Week 45]

Another competitor is GetLink, the ‘tunnel’.

Back in 2013, the UK Competition Commission ruled that Eurotunnel, which leased the three MyFerryLink vessels to the SCOP, could no longer operate ferry services from Dover.

Reason: the proportion of the cross-Channel market that Eurotunnel held as a result.

In 2015 Eurotunnel sold ropax ferries RODIN and BERLIOZ to DFDS.

Name swap at Destination Gotland

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From week 47 to week 49, the LNG RoPax VISBORG will embark on a planned shipyard visit in Landskrona.

In connection with this, the ship will also change its name to VISBY. (Destination Gotland’s newest ships are always named VISBY and GOTLAND.

The older VISBY will have its new name in January 2022: VISBORG. She is actually on a charter to DFDS for the France-Ireland service.