Shippax News Bulletin – 8

- In association with Interferry

Dear Subscriber,

Please find the headlines of the news added to the Shippax website during week 8.

A rather exclusive, eight-page in-depth story about the ins and outs of the Stena E-Flexer Class will be published in the March edition of ShippaxInfo. Dont miss this, subscribe now!

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Green light for new GBP 200 million Tilbury2 deep water ro-ro terminal

Current and potential ro-ro operators using the UK’s Port of Tilbury got the news they wanted on 20 February when the Department for Transport gave the green light for the construction of Tilbury2 – the new GBP 200 million satellite port for the Port of Tilbury which will feature a deepwater ro-ro terminal – which will become the UK’s largest ro-ro port for unaccompanied freight units when it enters service in mid-2020.


La Méridionale to be hit by a strike

The CGT and STC unions at La Méridionale, the three-ship Marseille-Corsica ro-pax operator, have made a strike announcement for Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 February.


P&O Ferries and its logistics arm back in the hands of DP World

In what appears to be an internal transfer, DP World PLC has announced the acquisition of the holding company of P&O Ferries and P&O Ferrymasters for a purchase consideration of GBP 322 million, a transaction that is subject to customary completion conditions and is expected to close in the first half of 2019.


STENA ESTRID floated out of building dock

AVIC Weihai Shipyard in China, the builders of Stena’s eight E-Flexer (Mk I and II) Class ro-paxes (and because of that currently the world’s leading ro-pax shipbuilder), were so kind to send Shippax some photos of STENA ESTRID which was floated out of the building dock 20 February.


Elbferry to start operations soon?

The new venture Elbferry GmbH (see our news dated 19 November 2018) appears to have its hands on the Norwegian fjord ferry FANAFJORD which, according to various reports, is going to be repositioned to Germany in March or April.


Red Funnel’s RED KESTREL launched at Cammell Laird

UK cross-Solent ferry operator Red Funnel’s first ever dedicated freight ro-ro RED KESTREL was launched on Merseyside on 19 February at the Birkenhead facilities of UK shipbuilder and repairer Cammell Laird.


Royal Caribbean adds one more Oasis Class to its tally

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL), Royal Caribbean International’s (RCI) parent, has signed an agreement with Chantiers de l’Atlantique to build one more Oasis Class cruise vessel, bringing the series to six ships.


Tersan delivers HUFTARØY and SAMNØY to Torghatten Nord

The first two of three LNG-electric hybrid sister ferries built at Tersan Shipyard for Torghatten Nord have been delivered and are now on their way to Norway to be introduced on the Halhjem-Sandvikvåg service.


CLdN increases capacity on Gothenburg route

CLdN has announced a fleet reshuffle whereby the 2,750-lanemetre CATHERINE will replace one of the Kawaski Class ro-ros on the four times weekly Zeebrugge-Gothenburg route.


Stena RoRo shops in Japan to meet customer demand

In a surprise move, Stena RoRo – a world-leading ro-ro and ro-pax tonnage provider – has acquired the Japanese domestic ro-pax ferry YAMATO from Kitakyushu-based Hankyu Ferry, part of the SHK Line Group – Japan’s largest ferry group.


Keel laying for SILVER MOON

The keel of Silversea Cruises’ ultra-luxury cruise ship SILVER MOON has been laid at Fincantieri’s Ancona yard. SILVER MOON is the second in a three-ship sister series and will be delivered in 2020.


Naikai Zosen to build two car ferries for Ishizaki Kisen

As part of the fleet renewal programme for the 66.2km Hiroshima-Kure-Matsuyama route, Ishizaki Kisen has ordered two 875grt car ferries at Naikai Zosen.



Continued growth for Fjord1 in 2018

Fjord1 has reported its 2018 financial figures, showing an 11 % increase in revenue, ending at NOK 3.1 billion (NOK 2.8 billion). EBITDA grew from NOK 985 million in 2017 to NOK 1,051 million in 2018.

Press Releases

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New thrusters on Scandlines’ hybrid ferries will reduce underwater noise and air emissions in the Fehmarn Belt

All thrusters – the ships’ propulsion systems – on Scandlines’ four hybrid ferries on the route between Puttgarden (Germany) and Rødby (Denmark) will be exchanged with new thrusters that allow a homogenous water flow, which gives less noise and vibration. The exchange lessens the environmental impact significantly. Reduced underwater noise and less vibration can improve the conditions for the marine life in the Fehmarn Belt area – among these the harbour porpoises. Furthermore, easier water flow during propulsion ultimately reduces emissions, including CO2.

Tallink Grupp completes changes to Management Board

Tallink Grupp has this morning/today announced to the stock exchange that it has made further changes to the membership of the group’s Management Board. Based on the recommendations from the Chairman of the Management Board of Tallink Grupp, Mr Paavo Nõgene, the Supervisory Board of the group appointed Mrs Piret Mürk-Dubout to the Management Board with effect from 15 April 2019. The Supervisory Board additionally recalled Mr Andres Hunt from the Management Board following his resignation. The mandate of Mr Hunt concludes on 26 February 2019.

Halton to deliver design hoods for a new luxury cruise ship

Halton will expand its supply of indoor air solutions from cruise ship cabins and galleys to special solutions for ship restaurants. The company will supply a total of 31 made-to-order custom-designed energy efficient hoods – a first of its kind on the market.

Fincantieri and Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding: future collaboration in the UAE

During the Abu Dhabi 2019 International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX), Fincantieri and Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding (ADSB), the leading shipbuilder in the United Arab Emirates specialized in the construction, repair and refit of military and commercial vessels, today announced that they have reached an agreement in principle to explore future forms of industrial and market cooperation in the UAE shipbuilding segment.

Fleet Xpress powers new Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic ship

Inmarsat, supplier of mobile satellite communications, is providing connectivity through Fleet Xpress for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic’s new adventure cruise ship, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VENTURE.

MJM Marine Secures Largest Ever Contract

Global marine outfitter, MJM Marine has been appointed as the main outfitting contractor by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) to undertake a complete refurbishment of NORWEGIAN JOY as the company repositions the ship to the West Coast of the United States.

SCHOTTEL: new shallow-water thruster SPJ 30 extends power range up to 150 kW

SCHOTTEL, manufacturer of marine propulsion systems, is presenting the new SCHOTTEL Pump Jet type SPJ 30 – a state-of-the-art shallow-water thruster that is suitable for a wide range of different vessel types, such as passenger vessels, ferries, work vessels and freighters. Available in the power class up to 150 kW, the azimuth thruster is characterized by optimal efficiency and gives the vessel maximum manoeuvrability. The thrust and propulsion efficiency have been further enhanced, particularly by means of CFD optimizations.

Tallink’s cruise ship BALTIC QUEEN has returned to the Tallinn-Stockholm route

Tallink Grupp’s cruise ship BALTIC QUEEN returned from Gdansk Shipyard, Poland, at the beginning of the week meaning daily ferry service on the Tallinn-Stockholm route has resumed.

Shell Marine integrated solutions save costs for China ro-ro ships

Shell Marine’s recommendations on medium-speed engine oils selection have saved the equivalent of around $123,000 annually for its customer Hainan Strait Shipping Co. Ltd, one of China’s leading operators of ro-ro tonnage.

Grimaldi’s Valencia ro-ro terminal is first of its kind to use hydrogen-powered machinery

With the aim of pursuing green solutions in their activities, the Grimaldi Group and its sister company Valencia Terminal Europa (VTE) have recently joined the European project “H2PORTS - Implementing Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies in Ports”, whose first internal technical meeting took place in Valencia last 5th of February.

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Shippax News Bulletin – 6

- In association with Interferry

Dear Subscriber,

Please find the headlines of the news added to the Shippax website during week 6.

We highly recommend our monthly magazine, Shippax Info if you want a broader and more in-depth news coverage, together with fleet change reports, orderbooks, projects & conversions, our unique traffic statistics and much much more.

Have a nice weekend!

First of Toll newbuildings reaches Tasmania

The first of Toll Shipping’s new Jinling-built ro-ros has reached Tasmania for Australian certification and welcoming formalities ahead of a scheduled entry to Bass Strait service on 1 March.


SPIRITs owner on FSG watch

Tasmania’s TT-Line is keeping a close eye on the financial problems confronting Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) but says preparatory work on the twin replacements for the SPIRIT OF TASMANIA Bass Strait ro-paxes is continuing.


Fjord Line saw passenger numbers increase in 2018

Hitting passenger records on four of its five routes, Fjord Line looks back at a strong 2018, with a total of 1,386,700 passengers who travelled with the company, an 8% increase on 2017.


Innovative Superfast Ferries founder Panagopoulos dies at 83

Shipping entrepreneur Pericles Panagopoulos, who died in Athens after a long illness, had few equals as an innovator in the cruise and ferry sectors as well as being a successful operator of dry bulk ships. He also emerged with dignity from an eight-day kidnapping drama in 2009.


Virtu Ferries’ SAINT JOHN PAUL II ready to leave Tasmania

Today, 5 February, Incat has handed over the 110m wave piercing catamaran SAINT JOHN PAUL II (Incat Hull 089) to Virtu Ferries. The 1,000dwt high-speed ro-pax is set to leave Hobart, Tasmania for Malta tomorrow, 6 February.


Hurtigruten to move four coastal express vessels into its expedition fleet

With Norway’s Hurtigruten having to share the coastal express route with compatriot operator Havila Kystruten from 1 January 2021 – Hurtigruten operating seven vessels and Havila four vessels – it comes as no surprise that Hurtigruten has announced that it will move four vessels from its existing coastal express fleet into its expedition fleet by 2021 – FINNMARKEN, MIDNATSOL, SPITSBERGEN and TROLLFJORD – taking the expedition cruise fleet to ten vessels. The four new vessels will be used for year-round expedition cruises.


Did the UK’s DfT break the law when it awarded the three no-deal Brexit ferry contracts?

A serious row has broken out in the UK’s House of Commons between the Transport Select Committee (TSC) and the Department for Transport (DfT) over the awarding of the three no-deal Brexit ferry contracts to Brittany Ferries, DFDS and Seaborne Freight, worth in total nearly GBP 103 million. It appears that in using “emergency measures exemption” to fast track the contracts through without following the normal procurement process, the DfT not only broke UK law but also EU law!


Construction of ODYSSEY OF THE SEAS starts at Meyer Werft

On Friday 1 February construction of ODYSSEY OF THE SEAS, Royal Caribbean International’s (RCI) second Quantum Ultra Class vessel, started when Michael Bayley, CEO of RCI, and Tim Meyer, Managing Director of Meyer Werft, pushed the start button of the computer-controlled steel cutting machine.


Jinling hands over GOTHIA SEAWAYS to DFDS

Just before the Chinese New Year or 'Spring Festival', Jinling Shipyard has handed over yard number 408 to DFDS on 31 January. The 6,700-lanemetre ro-ro freighter – the first in a series of six identical ships – has temporarily been named GOTHIA SEAWAYS and will be renamed prior to taking up service between Istanbul and Trieste in March.



Strong figures for Corsica Linea and La Méridionale

In a rather flat freight market, Corsica Linea managed to increase its market share to 45% with trailer volumes up 3.1% to more than 1,000,000 lanemetres. Turnover increased at a faster pace of 10%, reaching EUR 220 million.

Freight volumes for La Méridionale – Corsica Linea’s partner for the current public ferry service contract between Marseille and Corsica – remained stable at 810,000 lanemetres, while turnover increased by 4.3% to a total of EUR 112 million.

DFDS grew its business in a rather flat market

For the full-year 2018, revenue increased 10% to DKK 15.7 billion. EBITDA before special items increased 11% to DKK 3.0 billion for the full-year.

Press Releases

Telespazio will provide satellite communication services to the Neapolitan Shipping Group

Telespazio, a joint venture between Leonardo (67%) and Thales (33%), and the Grimaldi Group recently signed two contracts for the upgrade of the Neapolitan Shipping Group’s satellite communications capacity on its fleet of cargo and passenger vessels.

StormGeo and DNV GL announce creation of new fleet performance management powerhouse

StormGeo and DNV GL announced that they have signed an agreement to consolidate their fleet performance solutions under one banner. The agreement will combine DNV GL’s ECO Insight and Navigator Insight solutions with StormGeo’s FleetDSS and ship reporting solutions. By this a new industry leader in fleet performance management is created as part of StormGeo.

The Fjords sets sights on Oslo expansion in 2020 with LEGACY OF THE FJORDS

The Fjords DA is delaying a planned move into Oslo, with the news that the all-electric LEGACY OF THE FJORDS will now be delivered from specialist shipyard Brødrene Aa on 1 May 2020. The company, which currently operates 11 vessels serving Western Norway’s spectacular fjords area, had arranged delivery of the futuristic 400 PAX catamaran for 2 July this year. However, issues finalizing the required battery-loading infrastructure within the Oslo harbour area have led to a reappraisal of the launch schedule.

French savoir-faire & British customer care: why Brittany Ferries is top transport company

Brittany Ferries is proud to have been named best transport company for customer service by the Institute of Customer Service (ICS). The organisation publishes a comprehensive customer satisfaction index every six months. And in its latest research, Brittany Ferries finished top in a category of 34 transport companies, ahead of British Airways, Virgin Trains, P&O Ferries and Eurotunnel.

Corvus Energy strengthens its product portfolio for maritime batteries with the acquisition of Grenland Energy

Corvus Energy Holding AS, supplier of Energy Storage Systems (ESS) to the maritime industry, has signed an agreement to acquire all shares in Grenland Energy AS. Grenland Energy, located in Skien, Norway in the heart of the Grenland region, develops and manufactures lightweight lithium-ion batteries for the maritime, offshore and subsea industry.

New conference venues for 2021 and 2022 underline Interferry’s global vision

Interferry has confirmed locations for the 2021 and 2022 editions of its annual conference – held every October - in the latest initiative to extend its reach as the only organisation representing the worldwide ferry industry.

Stena Line launches smart chatbot

Stena Line is in the process of launching the smartest chatbot into the ferry market. Stina will help make the customer experience even better by providing assistance in booking a trip as well as answering questions 24/7. The chatbot is an important milestone for Stena Line in its quest to becoming the world’s first cognitive ferry company.

Polar cruise ship SILVER CLOUD using mooring magnets for enhanced excursion boat deployment

High power permanent magnets are now being used by the SILVER CLOUD when deploying boats for passenger excursions. The magnets, supplied by Miko Marine of Norway, each have a holding power of 500 kg and are being used by the boat crews to create additional mooring points on the hull of the ship. This enables Zodiacs and other boats to be held close against the ship before being relocated to the point where passengers must disembark for excursions.

New volume records for Scandinavia’s largest ro-ro port in Trelleborg

Port of Trelleborg’ reached new record levels in 2018 and over one million units, consisting of trucks, trailers and passenger cars passed the port. Thus, Port of Trelleborg secures its position as Scandinavia’s largest ro-ro port.

Trelleborg to supply smart rope free mooring system to Port of Langnas

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation will supply its rope-free automated mooring system, AutoMoor, to the Port of Langnas’ international cruise ferry and domestic ro-ro ferry berths. The Port of Langnas is situated in the Baltic Sea on the archipelago of Aland, which has intensive ferry traffic between Sweden and Finland via Aland. Developed following several years of customer consultations and recently successfully trialled at the Port of Melbourne in Australia, AutoMoor uses smart technologies to enable a faster berthing process and improve safety levels within the port environment.

AS Tallink Grupp statistics for January 2019

In January 2019 AS Tallink Grupp transported 549 278 passengers, which is a 7.3% decrease compared to January 2018. The number of cargo units increased by 4.9% to 31 475 units and the number of passenger vehicles decreased by 3.6% to 71 236 units in the same comparison.

Volvo Penta reveals plans for a fully electric ferry in Gothenburg

Volvo Penta announce that they we will be powering a fully-electric ferry in Gothenburg, made for public transport, as part of Gothenburg's Electricity project.

Valmet signs an automation service agreement with Celebrity Cruises in the United States

Valmet has signed a service agreement with Celebrity Cruises for Valmet DNA integrated automation systems onboard four Millennium-class vessels in the United States. The order was included in Valmet's third quarter of 2018 orders received.

Tallink Grupp makes changes to its Management Board

Tallink Grupp has this morning announced to the stock exchange that it has made changes to the membership of the group’s Management Board with effect from today, 4 February. Based on the recommendations from the Chairman of the Management Board of Tallink Grupp, Mr Paavo Nõgene, the Supervisory Board of the group appointed Mrs Kadri Land and Mr Harri Hanschmidt to the Management Board late last week. At the same time the Supervisory Board recalled Mr Janek Stalmeister from the Management Board following his resignation.

Tallink Grupp’s ship MEGASTAR will take part in research project for autonomous ships

Researchers from the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute and Aalto University will team up with Fleetrange Ltd. and Tallink Grupp as part of a research project carried out under a programme of, and funded by, the European Space Agency (ESA). The goal is to develop techniques for autonomous navigation for ships with focus on safety, using a combination of different sensors, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Austal increases full year revenue guidance

Austal previously indicated that it expected FY2019 group revenue of $1.3–$1.4 billion. Following preparation of the draft FY2019 H1 accounts, including updated forecasts from the USA, the Company now expects FY2019 revenue of approximately $1.9 billion (assuming that the USD / AUD exchange rate continues at the current level).

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