Might Some of Tirrenia CIN’s Vessels Possibly be Sold?

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Italian financial newspaper MF (Milano Finanza) revealed this week that some of Tirrenia’s ferries controlled by Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione, may be put up for sale in the near future.

They are set to be seized by the Court of Rome following the action taken by the public “bad company” Tirrenia in Amministrazione Straordinaria.

The related revenues would be used to cover the deferred payments (a total amount of EUR 115 million) for the purchase of the former Tirrenia which were not paid in 2016 and 2019.

This potential scenario, if confirmed, would be possible in the coming months when the current public contract and subsidy to support lifeline maritime transportation with Sardinia, Sicily and Tremiti with Moby will expire. It should be mid of July but it is likely that a postponement of few months will be granted to the Vincenzo Onorato controlled group.

In its last available annual report, CIN said that the fleet was valued EUR 265 million (31 December 2018). However, some vessels were dismissed last year (HARTMUT PUSCHMANN, BARBARA KRAHULIK and AURELIA).

With reference to the other ferries still under CIN’s control the values reported at the end of 2018 are as follow: VINCENZO FLORIO (21.2m), BENIAMINO CARNEVALE (2m), RAFFAELE RUBATTINO (23.6m), BITHIA (38.5m), JANAS (38.5m), ATHARA (39.2m), NURAGHES (46.4m), SHARDEN (46.6m) and the high-speed vessel ISOLA DI CAPRAIA (2.8m).

INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS

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ESPO Proposes a Two-Step Approach on the New EU Transport Strategy

ESPO believes that in the absence of any insight on the duration and impact of the current crisis, it is, at this moment, impossible to set the ground for a long-term EU Transport Strategy.

ESPO proposes a two-step approach:

1) Europe’s first priority must now be to develop a restart and recovery plan which helps to overcome this crisis. It should develop the measures and instruments for Europe’s recovery to put the European economy and society back on track as soon as possible, while guaranteeing this happens in a safe way.

2) In a second phase, when the “new normal” sets in, the discussion should start on a new Transport Strategy, which will set the long-term goals, ambitions and initiatives for the European transport sector. The Strategy should integrate the consequences of and lessons learned from this crisis and should build on the new post-crisis reality.

ESPO and its members are happy to start the reflection with all stakeholders and EU decision makers in view of formulating clear answers to all these questions and setting the ground for a truly forward looking sustainable, connected, efficient and resilient transport system.

IN THE MEDIA

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DFDS To Take Over the Ro-Ro Service from Turkish Company Alternative Transport

Alternative Transport is experiencing financial difficulties. The Turkish company announced to stop operating the route between Sète, France and Cesme, Turkey. To assure its continuation, DFDS will start to run the route as from 1 July.

The route represents 20,000 to 25,000 trucks a year.

DFDS will test the route for six months, with two sailings a week.

Two 310-unit vessels will be put on the route.

It also means Toulon will lose one of the three weekly calls.

Alternative Transport operated two ships: FADIQ and AYSHE. The first is still sailing on the route. The latter is in Perama.

IN THE MEDIA

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Tinder for transport

For each truck on the road, one is driving empty. And in average, only 57% of the freight capacity of lorries is used. With these striking figures, awareness rises. Something has to be done to make transport more efficient, in order to reach the goals of the reduction of emissions, to keep companies profitable and efficient, and to tackle the issues of an ever growing traffic congestion.
At the end of November a congress about this subject was organised by the Vlerick School of Economics and the University of Leuven (Belgium).
Powered by big data and algorithms certain tools will calculate the best transport routes and combinations. There is already one Dutch startup –Quicargo– that calls itself the Uber for the transport sector.

Source: Flemish newspaper De Standaard, 2 December 2017 – Photo: Mike Louagie

Eight Norwegian ferry routes to be replaced by motorway infrastructure investment

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Norway’s new National Transport Plan (NTP) for the period 2018-2029 has been presented. Over the next 12 years Norway will spend almost NOK 1 billion on transport.

Some highlights:

  • The building of the famous 1.7km ship tunnel in the Stadhavet Sea, to cut short the journey of the Hurtigruten ships in these vey rough waters.
  • A new fast ferry route Bergen – Ålesund.
  • A ferry-free (!) motorway E39, which is the coastal road between

Kristiansand and Trondheim. It will replace no less than eight ferry connections. The first goal is to bring Bergen and Stavanger closer to each other.

Photo: Stad Ship Tunnel © Norwegian Coastal Administration

Ro-ro transport for 77 US Army helicopters

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Last week the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade (Fort Hood, Texas) arrived in the Port of Zeebrugge with ARC’s ro-ro vessel ENDURANCE containing 77 helicopters.  The Chinooks, Blackhawks and Apaches were made flight-ready on the quays of one the ICO terminals (International Car Operators) in the inner harbour. In small groups they flew away to a base in Chièvres, before they’ll move to locations across the Continent as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Photo courtesy US Army
Video credit: Staff Sgt. Adrian Patoka

Watch the video here

A new long-term strategy for the Scottish ferry sector needed

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“Scotland’s ferries are in urgent need of a new long-term strategy despite public spending more than doubling since 2007/08,” is the conclusion of a report from Scotland’s spending watchdog Audit Scotland.

The report thinks that, “Transport Scotland does not know the full extent of future spending requirements on ferry services and assets, and it will find it difficult to provide these services within its allocated budget.”

Photo © Mike Louagie

30 organisations ask Europe to invest more in transport 

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With the slogan “More EU budget for transport, the best investment plan for Europe” a coalition of thirty European transport organisations launched a campaign for a strong connecting Europe Facility for the next financial period 2021-2028. 

“We are very pleased to see that 30 transport organisations, covering all modes and nodes, service providers, users and cargo owners are supporting this plea for a strong financial support for the completion of the TEN-T network. 750 billion euro is needed to complete the TEN-T core network. We all know that transport projects with a high societal return do not always generate the necessary return on investment. We also believe that CEF support is the best guarantee to deliver high EU added value and responsible grant management”, says ESPO’s Secretary General Isabelle Ryckbost, who presented the campaign on behalf of the Coalition at the Connecting Europe Conference on 21 and 22 September in Tallinn.