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LIVEX 2019

On 25 May, Dutch Coast Guard organised a rescue exercise on P&O Ferries’ PRIDE OF HULL.

Watch a short movie (Dutch spoken)

Grimaldi Group Officially Presented The ‘Extended’ CRUISE ROMA

Grimaldi Group officially presented the renovated and lengthened ferry CRUISE ROMA in the port of Barcelona. She re-entered service on the Civitavecchia – Porto Torres – Barcelona route after completing a lengthening work at the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo.

A new 29m section including 600 additional freight lane meters, together with 80 sleeping accommodations in new passenger cabins and two new public spaces was inserted at the centre of the 2007-built vessel.

A message saying “Zero emission in port” is now visible on both the sides of the vessel since the CRUISE ROMA was also fitted with a scrubber system, as well as a system to power the ship during the turnaround time in ports based on mega-lithium batteries.

The same works are to be done also for the sister ship CRUISE BARCELONA, which is currently dry docked at Fincantieri Palermo’s site.


By | 2019 newsletter week 19 | No Comments

For the Men Who Like to Be Boys, Once in a While

Super scale radio-controlled ferries and ro-ro ships are the stars of a show in December 2018.

Watch North Sea Ferries’ NORLAND, FINNJET and Cobelfret’s CELESTINE competing in the water.


By | 2018 Newsletter week 40 | No Comments

First Autonomous Ferries Presented At Norwegian Maritime Safety Conference

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU has developed an autonomous all-electric passenger ferries for urban water transport. The small vessel has been presented at the “Sjøsikkerhetskonferansen 2018” in Haugesund.

Watch a demo


By | 2018 Newsletter week 39 | No Comments

Miller Boat Line Announces New Ferry Construction

Miller Ferries has contracted with Fraser Shipyards to build a new 26-car 600-pax ferry for delivery in autumn 2019. The new ferry will be delivered from Lake Superior to Lake Erie and her new homeport of Put-in-Bay, Ohio.

Miller Ferries operate between the peninsula of Catawba to Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) and also to Middle Bass Island, Ohio; two of Ohio’s popular Lake Erie resort islands.

Watch an artist impression on YouTube            


By | 2018 Newsletter week 37 | No Comments

Port Of Calais Less Worried About Brexit Than Six Months Ago


This is in a nutshell what CEO of Port of Calais Jean-Marc Puissesseau said on local TV.

  • More Brexit-confident than earlier this year.
  • Relief! The recent communication from Europe about the Irish freight corridor, where France was ‘forgotten’, seems to have been a matter of miscommunication (or stronger lobbying from Belgium and The Netherlands).
  • Market share: Calais has 100,000 freight units a year for Ireland. It is only 5% of the traffic, but the port does not want to lose this.
  • Worries: the port has invested in larger marshaling areas, but is worried about the customs checks. Will they be as severe everywhere? If not other ports could have a commercial advantage.

Watch the interview on YouTube (in French)

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