Shippax Newsletter– week 20

We would like to send our sincere thank you to all the +480 delegates that attended the Shippax Ferry Conference this week. We hope you had a great time onboard. We certainly enjoyed it!

Next year, the conference will be held on board DFDS’ PEARL SEAWAYS, sailing between Copenhagen-Oslo-Copenhagen, 19-21 March, 2025. We hope to see you all then again. It is possible to book already to secure a seat and/or sponsorship/exhibition early https://www.shippaxferryconference.com/en/book-online.aspx

Have a great weekend!

One of the world’s largest biofuel plants is planned in Malmö

Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) and Green2x have entered into a partnership with the focus on the design, establishment, and operation of one of the world’s largest biofuel plants to date at CMP’s terminals in the port of Malmö. The establishment contributes greatly to the green energy transition and at the same time creates opportunities for more jobs in Malmö.

In Copenhagen, the construction work on the largest shore power facilities for cruise in Europe has commenced. This is the second shore power facility for passenger vessels in Copenhagen after the inauguration in 2021 of the facility supplying power to the ferry connecting Oslo operated by DFDS.

The States of Guernsey and Government of Jersey beings formal tender process for passenger and freight ferry services

The States of Guernsey and Government of Jersey’s joint procurement process for passenger and freight ferry services is beginning its next phase, and the two Islands are now inviting formal tenders from applicants with the necessary experience and capability.

The joint tender exercise is available since Tuesday 14 May and can be located on Channel Islands Tenders (channelislandtenders.com).

The deadline for submissions is set to the 8 July 2024.

DFDS to Invest EUR 1 billion in battery electric ships for the Channel

In the future, maritime traffic in the Channel will be electric. DFDS is announcing an expected EUR 1 billion investment in six battery electric ships that will be deployed on the Dunkirk-Dover and Calais-Dover routes to carry passengers and freight between the UK and the European Union.

The first two electric vessels will be in operation by 2030, while the rest is expected to follow before 2035.

Scandlines 2023 performance

Scandlines maintained 2023 revenue and earnings in line with 2022 levels. The ferry operator realised a record peak season for leisure, as an increased number of passengers used Scandlines’ services. Whilst freight volumes were down from the record levels of 2022, Scandlines maintained its market share. The group continued to step up investment in future-proof ferries and infrastructure to increase capacity and improve the customer experience.

Scandlines maintained the positive momentum in 2023 with passengers continuing to return to the two ferry routes after years of negative impact from COVID-19 and related travel restrictions. The positive development drove moderate revenue growth of 1 percent to EUR 466 million and a solid result before tax of EUR 122 million.

Irish Ferries signs bareboat charter agreement with DP World France SAS for the SPIRIT OF BRITAIN

Irish Ferries has entered into a bareboat charter agreement with a purchase obligation for the SPIRIT OF BRITAIN (to be renamed). The vessel is available for immediate delivery and is expected to enter service with Irish Ferries during June.

The ship has been acquired for a total consideration of EUR 89.4 million settled through a combination of a two-year bareboat charter set at EUR 20,000 per day and a purchase obligation for EUR 74.8 million at the end of the charter.

The acquisition of the vessel will allow Irish Ferries to move one of the three existing ships on Dover – Calais to replace a chartered vessel currently operating on the Rosslare – Pembroke route.

The agreement means customers booked with either carrier will be offered the next available departure when they arrive at the port, whichever company is operating it – helping them reach their destination faster.

ALA SUINU is the first ro-pax vessel to receive the DNV Silent(E) notation

Wärtsilä has designed and delivered controllable pitch propellers for Stena’s new ro-pax vessel, ALA SUINU. ALA SUINU became the first ro-pax vessel to fulfil the DNV Silent(E) notation, satisfying the criteria in the operating conditions at 11 and 18 knots. This environment class notation from DNV was introduced to protect sensitive marine ecosystems, applying to vessels that demonstrate the ability to effectively reduce emissions of underwater radiated noise.

Stena Line to convert STENA SUPERFAST VII and VIII to methanol propulsion

Building upon the success of the STENA GERMANICA in 2015, Lloyd’s Register (LR) and Stena Line will work together on a project to retrofit STENA SUPERFAST VII and VIII with methanol propulsion. The ferries operate on the Scotland to Northern Ireland route between Cairnryan and Belfast.

As part of the project, the retrofit process will convert two out of the four main engines in each vessel to run on methanol alongside MGO (Marine Gas Oil). The ship’s bunkering, storage, fuel supply and supporting systems will also be adapted for methanol.

Tallink Grupp’s vessel SUPERFAST IX (ATLANTIC VISION) return home after 15 years

On 14 May, Tallink Grupp’s vessel SUPERFAST IX (currently named ATLANTIC VISION) was redelivered to the company at the Port of Odense in Denmark. The vessel has been chartered to Marine Atlantic in Canada and operating between Newfoundland and Sydney, Nova Scotia for the last 15 years.

SUPERFAST IX departed from Denmark to Tallinn on 14 May. In Tallinn, the vessel will initially be berthed at Paljassaare port until decisions are made regarding the vessel’s next operations.

Stena Line reinforces the Irish Sea management to drive growth in the region

Swedish ferry operator Stena Line announces strategic changes to its management team aimed at further enhancing its position as a market leader and driving continued growth in the region. Paul Grant will assume responsibility for the newly established Irish Sea North region, while Johan Edelman will take up the role of Trade Director for the Irish Sea South region.

Viking Line to double capacity on its Tallinn route this summer – CINDERELLA and GABRIELLA will serve the route alongside VIKING XPRS

Well over half a million Finns are expected to travel by boat to Estonia as a holiday destination this summer. Viking Line is meeting this demand by doubling capacity on the Estonia route for an extended period with the help of additional departures by VIKING CINDERELLA and GABRIELLA.

NAPA launches stability management solution for ferries in collaboration with leading ferry operators

Maritime software provider NAPA has formally launched NAPA Stability for Ferries, with installations confirmed on seven Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV) vessels and ongoing sea trials with Tallink Silja Line. The new onboard stability solution is designed to meet the unique operational needs of the ferry segment, from maintaining safe loading conditions on tight schedules and constant cargo changes to the need for data transparency and ship-to-shore communication. Together, these features will help improve fleet safety and efficiency.

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鑑真号(Jian Zhen Hao)は、2024年6月8日に上海―大阪・神戸航路に就航する。
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野村不動産と東京湾クルージングは、2024年5月22日から、東京の晴海―日の出間で「BLUE FERRY」の運航を開始する。
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Shippax Newsletter– week 19

Tomorrow, the Shippax team leaves to take a pretour with BALTIC QUEEN to prepare everything ahead of the conference start on Monday. We look very much forward to welcoming all delegates then.

In the meantime, have a good weekend

Shippax Guide 24 - out now!

Shippax Guide is the annual extensive ship register publication including all existing ro-pax, ro-ro and cruise vessels currently in service. In this issue, cruise is illustrated. Theme: Green technologies.


Securing the new fuel ecosystem. Baltic ports are fit for 55
The fight against methane slip unites neighbours in Vaasa
Expect more double-enders in the future
A maritime engine technology race in the fast lane
Battery packs last much longer onboard and can have a long afterlife on land
Nuclear-powered ships: Maybe not that controversial anymore
The geographical factor: Two hotspots for commercial shipping where the lack of renewable energy becomes a reality
Status on cells, sails and bubbles

Finnlines’ financial review January–March 2024

The Finnlines Group’s revenue in January–March 2024 amounted to EUR 162.2 (163.1 in 2023) million. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation, EBITDA, amounted to EUR 30.1 (45.5) million.

During the reporting period Finnlines transported 184,000 cargo units, 27,000 cars, and 285,000 tons of non-unitised freight. In total, 153,000 passengers travelled.

DFDS Q1 report and April volumes

DFDS’ revenues were up by 11% to DKK 7.0bn, EBIT reduced 45% to DKK 200m. Total freight volumes in April 2024 were 13.9% above 2023 and up 10.1% adjusted for the addition of Strait of Gibraltar routes in 2024 and closure of the Calais-Tilbury route in 2023. The number of passengers in April 2024 were 24.5% above 2023 and down 7.6% adjusted for addition of the Strait of Gibraltar routes.

Remontowa Shipbuilding started production of hybrid double-ender for Torghatten Nord

At Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A., the construction of a 63.65-metre hybrid passenger-car ferry ordered by Norwegian shipowner Torghatten Nord AS began on 8 May 2024 with the first steel cutting.

Principal particulars of a B620 ferry

Length overall: 63,65 m
Beam: 15,50 m
Depth to the main deck: 4,80 m
Passengers and crew: 149 persons
Personal car capacity: 50 pcs
Trailer capacity: 6 pcs

Gasum successfully conducted first ship-to-ship LNG bunker deliveries in Lübeck-Travemünde

On 29 and 30 April 2024, Gasum successfully conducted its first ship-to-ship LNG bunker deliveries in Travemünde, Germany. A total of 700mt was supplied by the LNG Bunker vessel CORALIUS to the sister vessels BALTIC ENABLER and BOTNIA ENABLER, owned by Wallenius Sol AB.

Torghatten won its first ferry contract in Sweden

Torghatten has won its first ferry contact in Sweden. Torghatten will operate the Strömstad-Koster connection from December 2025, and two new electric ferries will be built.

The traffic company Västtrafik announced that Torghatten AB has won the tender for Strömstad-Koster, which has a duration of 15 years. Torghatten will build two new electric ferries to operate the connection, thus further expanding its green fleet.

Stena Line to increase cargo capacity by 30% on STENA FORERUNNER and STENA FORETELLER

On behalf of Stena Line, Stena RoRo has signed a conversion contract with China Merchants Jinling (Weihai) Shipyard for the installation of an additional cargo deck, increased thruster capacity and preparations for shore power onboard STENA FORERUNNER and STENA FORETELLER. The cargo capacity will increase by 30% and the vessels will after conversion be ready to meet future efficiency requirements. The conversion for both vessels will be finalised during 2025.

Finnlines adopts graphene-based hard foul release hull coating across its ro-ro and ro-pax fleet

Finnlines, in partnership with GIT Coatings, is accelerating its decarbonization efforts by adopting XGIT-FUEL, a graphene-based hard foul release hull coating, across its ro-ro and ro-pax fleets. Starting with their first vessel in 2022, Finnlines has already applied this hull coating to four vessels as part of a recently signed fleet agreement, reducing fuel consumption and emissions by around 7% compared to previously used coating.

A third Öresundslinjen ferry to become fully electric

After electrifying the ferries TYCHO BRAHE and AURORA, it is now time for the ferry HAMLET to be converted to full electrical operation, charged with electricity from wind, water and solar energy. The battery system is tailored for a minimum operational lifespan of 10 years without requiring battery replacement. Furthermore, the battery can be recharged in both ports in as little as 11 minutes on average.

First shipment for Lakeway Link’s new Gdynia-Södertälje ro-ro service starts 21 May

On 21 May, Lakeway Link will start its new ro-ro service between Gdynia and Södertälje, with three weekly departures in each direction. Lakeway Link is the only company offering scheduled ro-ro transport for trailers and high and heavy cargo between Gdynia and Södertälje.

To deploy this service, Lakeway Link acquired MIRAMAR EXPRESS from the FRS Group, now renamed LAKEWAY EXPRESS. The ro-ro vessel is sailing under Swedish flag and will have its home port in Västerås, where Lakeway Link has its headquarters.

Meyer Turku Group's turnover increased, profitability expected to improve with ships under construction

Meyer Turku Group's result for 2023 has been published. The company's turnover was EUR 1.43 billion, which means a growth of 10.6% compared to the previous year. Both the turnover and the number of personnel have been growing for three consecutive years. The loss for the financial year 2023 was EUR 103.8 million (i.e. -7.2% of the turnover).

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小豆島フェリー向け「第三しょうどしま丸」(約1,360gt)が、2024年5月7日、四国ドックで進水した。2024年秋に高松―土庄(小豆島)航路に就航する見込み。「第二しょうどしま丸」(986gt、2003年) は代替。
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