FERRY SHIPPING

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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)

SHORT NEWS

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Flagships Ferry Taking Shape in Turkey

The zero-emission hydrogen ferry bound for Stavanger will sail under the name HIDLE (Norled). The LMG-designed ferry is currently under construction at Ada Yard in Istanbul, Turkey.

She will operate on the route Judaberg-Helgøy on the west coast of Norway, with six stops.

Daily operation will see her sailing a distance of 140 nm during 19 hours of operation (6 a.m. – 1 a.m.).

The H2 fuel consumption is estimated to be 460 kg/day, which is comparable to ca. 1900 litres / day of (bio)diesel

STENA EUROPE Returns To Scheduled Services On Rosslare – Fishguard

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Following an extensive refit programme at shipyards in Turkey and Liverpool, the STENA EUROPE has resumed its scheduled sailing services on the Rosslare – Fishguard route.

The upgrade programme took longer than had been anticipated but as Stena Line’s Trade Director (Irish Sea South) Ian Davies said, the upgraded vessel will now offer a significant improvement in customer care, Ian Davies said: “I know there has been a certain amount of frustration with the delayed return of the Stena Europe, a very popular vessel with both our freight and travel customers. We had planned for a number of improvements and additions throughout the ship both of a technical and customer-facing nature, but we did encounter a number of challenges which impacted on our works delivery schedule for which I’d like to apologies to our customers. “

“Apart from a number of technical upgrades our freight customers will be particularly pleased to hear that we have altered our deck height to be able to accommodate the increasing trend for high sided trailers and for our travel customers we have also added a new Hygge Lounge which offers luxury reclining seats set in a private, ultra-stylish but cosy surrounding, an upgraded Retail Shop and a refurbished Happy children’s play area to name a few changes.”

IN THE MEDIA

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First-ever Ferry Services between Bulgaria and Turkey Launched

The first-ever maritime transportation between Turkey and Bulgaria was started Tuesday 18 June, as a ferry carried passengers from the Bulgarian city of Burgas to the northwestern Turkish province of Kırklareli. Fast ferry SINAN PASA was operated by Istanbul’s Sea Bus Operators (IDO).

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.

STENA EUROPE Undergoes Refit Upgrades In Turkey

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The STENA EUROPE, which operates on the Fishguard – Rosslare ferry service is currently undergoing a significant three-month refit visit to the Gemak Shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey.

The vessel is scheduled to return late June 2019 and during the visit a number of upgrade projects will be completed. One of the most significant projects to be undertaken includes modifications to the deckhead levels on the main vehicle deck to allow for the carriage of full-height trailers across the whole of the main vehicle deck.

Prior to arrival at the Turkish shipyard, she was restricted to carrying full-height trailers on its port side only.