Shippax News Bulletin – 46

- In association with Interferry

Dear Subscriber,

Please find the headlines of the news added to the Shippax website during week 46.

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!

Trasmediterranea expands service to include Formentera

Trasmediterranea, the Naviera Armas subsidiary, has joined forced with local operator Trasmapi, to offer services to and from the island of Formentera.


Fincantieri to undertake major life extension project for Windstar Cruises’ three Star Class vessels

Seattle-based Windstar Cruises – part of the Xanterra Travel Collection – is to embark on a major USD 250 million life extension project to lengthen, re-engine and upgrade its three Star Class boutique sister ships at the Palermo yard of Italy’s Fincantieri over the period October 2019 and November 2020.


Bid to sell Attica stake fails

Negotiations over the past year between Greece’s MIG investment fund and Fortress Capital over the sale by MIG of a controlling stake in Greek ferry owner, Attica Group, have ended without an agreement.


Meyer Turku starts production of the first of two cruise ships for Carnival Cruise Line

On 15 November, Meyer Turku started the production with the first steel cut of what will become the first of two sister cruise ships built by the yard for Carnival Cruise Line. When delivered in early 2020, the 184,000gt behemoth will be the largest cruise ship ever built for Carnival Cruise Line. What’s more, the yet-unnamed cruise vessel will also be the first North American-based cruise ship to run on LNG.


First steel cut for Ponant’s LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT

First steel was cut on 6 November for what will become the world’s foremost polar exploration cruise vessel – Ponant’s 30,000gt icebreaker LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT, under construction at VARD’s Tulcea Shipyard in Romania for delivery in 2021. The 150m vessel is the first of her type to be built.


Hanil Express orders another ro-pax at Dae Sun Shipbuilding

Korean domestic operator Hanil Express has signed a newbuilding contract with Dae Sun Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. for another 160m ro-pax set for delivery in 2020.


SunStone adds more Infinity Class vessels

SunStone Ships Inc. has announced that five out of ten planned Infinity Class expedition cruise vessels, built by China Merchants Industry Holdings Co., Ltd. (CMHI), have now become firm orders.


Trasmediterranea consolidates in Gandia

Trasmediterranea used the occasion of the first sailing of the VOLCAN DE TIJARAFE to Ibiza and on to Palma, to confirm that it is staying in Gandia.


Fjord1 ordered another double-ender at Tersan

Without much fanfare, Fjord1 ordered another double-ender at the Turkish Tersan Shipyard at the end of the summer. Built to a Multi Maritime MM104FE EL design, this 107.5-metre ferry will be delivered to Fjord1 in 4Q 2019.


Delivery of ultra-luxury expedition vessel SCENIC ECLIPSE delayed further

There seems to be a growing, worrying trend developing in the expedition cruise vessels newbuilding market for those operators who have decided to have their vessels built at shipyards new to this type of vessel – late delivery!


Mystic Cruises’ WORLD EXPLORER delayed until summer 2019

New Portuguese start-up expedition cruise line Mystic Cruises’ first newbuilding, the 9,300gt, 200-passenger capacity WORLD EXPLORER, was to have been delivered this month (November) by Portuguese shipbuilder WestSea Viana Shipyard. However, delivery has now been delayed until the summer of 2019.


Grimaldi opens new freight connection to Sardinia

Grimaldi Group has further strengthened its freight network to Sardinia with a new triangular service connecting Civitavecchia with Olbia and Cagliari, added on 11 November.


Blu Navy offering emergency shuttle service to Portofino

Blu Navy, part of the Finsea Group, has introduced the 650-passenger and 51-car ICHNUSA as a supply ship to serve Portofino, the Ligurian fishing village and popular tourist destination that has been isolated following a violent storm that hit the Ligurian coast.


Tirrenia to restructure Genoa-Porto Torres line

After being criticised to reduce capacity on the Genoa-Porto Torres link next summer by deploying one single ship instead of the usual two, Tirrenia clarified that it will in fact reduce its offer from 762 trips recorded in summer 2018 to 729 in 2019, i.e. -5%.


American Queen Steamboat Company acquires Victory brand and vessels from SunStone Ships Inc.

SunStone Ships Inc. has agreed to sell the cruise vessels VICTORY I and VICTORY II to American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC). Both vessels are being marketed by Victory Cruise Lines and the sale agreement includes the Victory brand, with the transaction expected to close in early 2019.


SILJA SERENADE drydocks at Turku Repair Yard for 13-day major upgrade

Silja Line’s 1990-built Helsinki-Stockholm cruise ferry SILJA SERENADE drydocked at Finland’s Turku Repair Yard’s large Naantali graving dock on 12 November to begin a major 13-day upgrade programme which will result in a timeless, stylish and spacious vessel. Sister ship SILJA SYMPHONY will undergo the same work package at the same shipyard in January 2019.


Bastø Fosen orders one more at Sefine Shipyard

Torghatten Group subsidiary Bastø Fosen has returned to Sefine Shipyard to build another double-ender for the six-nautical-mile route between Horten and Moss, one of the busiest ferry crossings in Norway.


Naviera Armas charters CHAMPION JET 1 to replace ALBORAN

The recent accident to the ALBORAN, operating on behalf of Naviera Armas between Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, has necessitated a short-term replacement. The ALBORAN struck a 25m pontoon whose three occupants ended up in the sea, and who were rescued by Salvamento Marítimo helicopter.


Baleària and Fred. Olsen Express inaugurate new line

As advertised, the joint venture between Denia-based Baleària and Canary Island-based Fred. Olsen Express got under way on 9 November.


Fjord1 awarded ‘short routes’ package ferry contract in Møre og Romsdal county

Fjord1 has been selected as the preferred bidder for four routes in the Møre og Romsdal county. Spanning a period of 14 years, the contract will start on 1 January 2020, ending on 31 December 2033. It concerns the following routes: Eidsdal-Linge (3km), Stranda-Liabygda (3.4km), Hundeidvik-Festøya (5.4km) and the Sæbø-Leknes-Trandal-Standal rectangular route.


World’s largest battery-powered ferries officially inaugurated

On 9 November, HH Ferries Group officially inaugurated AURORA AF HELSINGBORG and TYCHO BRAHE as the world’s largest battery-powered ferries. The company also announced that the route would be rebranded ForSea, displacing the Scandlines brand and triangle logo.



Viking Line released January-September financial results

Consolidated sales of the Viking Line Group for the period 1 January-30 September, 2018 were EUR 378.1 million (EUR 392.1 million for the period 1 January-30 September 2017). Consolidated income before taxes amounted to EUR 5.6 million (EUR 4.6 million). Income after taxes totalled EUR 4.8 million (EUR 3.8 million).

Continued growth for DFDS in Q3

In Q3, revenue increased 12% to DKK 4,383 million mainly driven by the expansion of the route network in the Mediterranean and higher revenue from passengers in the Q3 holiday high season. EBITDA before special items increased 7% to DKK 1,045 million.

Press Releases

Wärtsilä’s Smart Partner Campus invites companies, start-ups and academia within the industry to open collaboration

Wärtsilä is building a Smart Technology Hub, a new centre of research, product development and manufacturing, in Vaasa, Finland, by the end of 2020. At the same time, a flexible smart marine and smart energy platform called Smart Partner Campus is being built inside the Smart Technology Hub. The Smart Partner Campus will focus on doing research and product development together with companies, start-ups and researchers within the industry, as well as with Wärtsilä’s partners, customers and suppliers.

Lindblad Expeditions signs up with Versonix Seaware

Lindblad Expeditions, a global provider of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, has signed an agreement with Versonix to implement Versonix’ Seaware reservation system.

Kick-off for the COLOR HYBRID project

On Thursday, 15 November, Color Line and Ulstein Verft marked the construction start-up on the world's largest plug-in hybrid ship, the COLOR HYBRID. The hull is placed in the dock hall, and several hundred yard workers are now busy with the ship’s completion before hand-over next summer.

Inmarsat enhances cyber security offering for Maritime industry

Mobile training app for crew and intelligent endpoint security for onboard computers strengthen Inmarsat's Fleet Secure portfolio of products. Inmarsat has introduced two new components to its maritime cyber security service, Fleet Secure, as it continues to develop solutions that combat ever-increasing cyber threats faced by ship owners and ship managers.

ForSea (formerly HH Ferries Group) completes conversion of the world’s largest battery ferries, powered by ABB

Inauguration of TYCHO BRAHE and AURORA marks successful completion of a high-profile conversion project with ABB’s technology at its heart. The largest emission-free ferries in the world have been officially welcomed into service after guests boarded TYCHO BRAHE in Helsingborg, Sweden and Helsingør, Denmark on November 9 for a special inauguration ceremony marking completion of an all-electric conversion.

ABB signs breakthrough contract for marine automation in China

First marine automation system contract signed in China for a cruise ferry sets new benchmark for systems integration.
ABB has won its first marine automation system contract for a cruise ferry in China, after the technology package for Chinese-built Viking Line vessel has been extended to include the ABB Ability™ System 800xA.

Danfoss powers up the world’s strongest electric ferry

Next year, the groundbreaking E-Ferry, ELLEN, will be launched in Denmark with the help of Danfoss. The fully electric powered ferry will have the largest battery capacity at sea and navigate without CO2 emissions.

ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland Sign Partnership Agreement for Cybersecurity Services

Classification society ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland have concluded a worldwide partnership agreement for cybersecurity services.

Brightwell Navigator now available through Adonis

Adonis, provider of integrated Human Resource and Payroll Systems for the maritime industry, announced an integration with the Brightwell Navigator payments platform, available in the latest versions of Adonis Personnel Manager.

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Shippax News Bulletin – 45

- In association with Interferry

Dear Subscriber,

Please find the headlines of the news added to the Shippax website during week 45.

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!

Hurtigruten’s RICHARD WITH arrives at Fosen Yard for major upgrade

Hurtigruten’s 1993-built RICHARD WITH arrived at Norway’s Fosen Yard on 4 November to start a month-long major refit, the first part of a two-stage upgrade for the vessel – the largest single upgrade project in Hurtigruten’s history.


Hull of COLOR HYDRIB arrives at Ulstein Verft for final outfitting

The 160m long hull of the world’s largest plug-in hybrid ro-pax ferry, Color Line’s 27,000gt COLOR HYBRID, arrived at Ulstein Verft’s shipbuilding facility in Ulsteinvik under tow from Poland’s Crist Shipyard in Gdynia on 6 November and was moved into the shipyard’s covered building facility on 8 November for final outfitting work to commence.


Sefine Shipyard hands over ELIO to Caronte & Tourist

The LMG Marin-designed 133.6m long and 21.5m beam ELIO has been delivered by Sefine Shipyard to Caronte & Tourist. The double-ender has meanwhile left Yalova for the Messina Strait.


TfL’s new Woolwich Free Ferries arrive on the Thames

Transport for London’s (TfL) two new hybrid passenger/vehicle ferries for the Woolwich Free Ferry service across the River Thames – BEN WOOLLACOTT and DAME VERA LYNN – both arrived simultaneously at the Port of Tilbury on November 6 after their delivery voyages from Remontowa Shipbuilding in Gdansk, Poland via the Kiel Canal. They will remain in Tilbury for crew training and familiarisation before entering service in early January 2019.


US operator CG Railway orders new rail ferry

Chinese shipbuilder Huangpu Wengchong Shipbuilding has secured a ‘first’ – a newbuilding contract for a rail ferry from US operator CG Railway for its service across the Gulf of Mexico from Mobile, Alabama to Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. No further details on the new ferry are known, although Shippax did contact CG Railway, but has yet to receive a reply.


Tirrenia up in Catania but down in Porto Torres

During September, Tirrenia saw freight carryings on its Genoa-Livorno-Catania-Malta MoS increase by 46% compared to the corresponding period of 2017, totalling 266,000 linear metres.


W.B. YEATS returns from trials

After nine days at sea, Irish Ferries’ W.B. YEATS returned to o Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft on Wednesday 7 November. The finishing of the 54,985gt ro-pax ferry is reportedly entering its final phase.


Major Chinese cruise JV launched

Carnival Corporation, Fincantieri and China State Shipbuilding Corporation have formally launched the cruise joint venture CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Limited. Besides finalising the earlier agreement for two purpose-built cruise ships to serve the Chinese market, the joint venture will also acquire two existing cruise ships from the Costa fleet, namely the 2000-built COSTA ATLANTICA and her 2003-built sister COSTA MEDITERRANEA, each with a capacity of more than 2,100 passengers.


SunStone’s third ship to be chartered by Victory Cruise Lines

In June this year, Miami-based SunStone Ships Inc announced that it had firmed up the order for the third Infinity Class expedition cruise vessel to be built by China Merchants Industry Holdings Co. Ltd. The company has now also revealed that Victory Cruise Lines will be the long-term charterer of the vessel, to be named OCEAN VICTORY, once delivered in March 2021.


USD 115 million upgrade for RCI’s NAVIGATOR OF THE SEAS

Royal Caribbean Internationals’ (RCI) NAVIGATOR OF THE SEAS is to undergo a USD 115 million refit at the end of this year, part of the company’s USD 1 billion ‘Royal Amplified’ fleet upgrade programme, which covers ten vessels over a four-year period.


Danish Transport Minister criticizes Molslinjen

Danish Transport Minister Ole Birk Olesen has publicly criticized Molslinjen/Bornholmslinjen for offering unreliable ferry services maintained on the Rønne-Ystad route which the company took over from Faergen on September 1.


MEIN SCHIFF 2 to arrive early

TUI Cruises has confirmed media reports according to which its latest newbuilding MEIN SCHIFF 2 will be delivered early and completed in Kiel rather than Turku.


FRS happy with HALUNDER JET performance

The passenger-only fast ferry HALUNDER JET, in operation between Hamburg, Cuxhaven and Heligoland since April this year, has achieved record passenger volumes and occupancy levels during its first months, exceeding all expectations.


Trasmediterranea to introduce yet another Armas ship

Trasmediterranea, the now Armas subsidiary, has announced that it will charter the VOLCAN DE TIJARAFE from Armas, to operate the Gandia-Ibiza-Palma route.



Third quarter financial results reported by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

Revenue increased 12.5% to USD 1.9 billion compared to USD 1.7 billion in 2017. Net Revenue increased 11.8% to USD 1.4 billion compared to USD 1.3 billion in 2017. GAAP net income was USD 470.4 million or EPS of USD 2.11 compared to USD 400.7 million or USD 1.74 in the prior year. The company generated Adjusted Net Income of USD 506.4 million or Adjusted EPS of USD 2.27 compared to USD 427.0 million or USD 1.86 in the prior year.

Continued growth for Finnlines during January–September

The Finnlines Group’s result for the reporting period increased by EUR 7.3 million to EUR 75.3 million. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, EBITDA, came to EUR 129.0 million against EUR 120.4 million last year. Revenue increased by EUR 43.4 million to EUR 447.9 million.

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings 3Q financial results

Third quarter tour revenues of USD 87.2 million increased USD 2.7 million, or 3%, as compared to the same period in 2017. Lindblad segment tour revenues of USD 64.5 million decreased USD 2.9 million, or 4%, compared to the third quarter a year ago. Third quarter Adjusted EBITDA of USD 17.1 million decreased USD 6.0 million, or 26%, as compared to the same period in 2017.
Press Releases

First winners of the inaugural Direct Ferries Awards announced

Earlier this week ferry partners from all over the world gathered in the prestigious NED Hotel in the City of London for a gala awards dinner hosted by Direct Ferries, the world’s largest ferry demand platform and online travel agent (OTA).

Corporation of the Year Award and Shipping Company Award for the Grimaldi Group

In the exclusive setting of The Savoy Hotel, in Central London, the Grimaldi Group received the Corporation of the Year Award and the Shipping Company Award last 1st November, during the 2018 Automotive Global Awards. The event was organized by Three6Zero, an editorial group specialised in the automotive industry with various publications distributed in America, Asia, India and Europe.

MacGregor receives clearance from the German competition regulator for the acquisition of the marine and offshore businesses of TTS

MacGregor, a part of Cargotec, has received a clearance decision from the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) for the company's acquisition of the marine and offshore businesses of TTS Group ASA, which was announced on 8 February, 2018.

European Union commits €300 million for clean, healthy and safe oceans

The European Commission has announced €300 million of EU-funded initiatives, which include projects to tackle plastic pollution, make blue economy more sustainable and improve research and marine surveillance. This important contribution comes on top of the over €550 million committed by the European Union, when it hosted the Our Ocean conference last year in Malta.

Wärtsilä fully integrated scope chosen for largest LNG fuelled high-speed catamaran

The largest ever high-speed catamaran, which will operate on LNG fuel, will feature a fully integrated scope of supply from the technology group Wärtsilä. The 125 metres long vessel is being built at the Armon Gijón shipyard in Spain for Spanish ferry operator Baleària. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in Q2, 2018.

Corvus Energy achieves ISO 14001 demonstrating environmental responsibility

Corvus Energy’s Norwegian operation joins Canadian operation in being certified for its Environmental Management System and Processes in supplying and servicing battery-based energy storage system (ESS).

ABB and SINTEF test fuel cells for main propulsion potential

ABB and SINTEF Ocean are undertaking groundbreaking research to test the viability of fuel cells as an energy source for main ship propulsion. The new research project seeks to provide the answers required for fuel cell technology to be delivered at the scale needed to power commercial and passenger ships.

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