Shippax News Bulletin – 21

- In association with Interferry

Dear Subscriber,

Please find the headlines of the news added to the Shippax website during week 21.

Take a look at the conference magazine from the 2019 Shippax Ferry Conference, held on board Tallink Silja’s SILJA SERENADE between the 12th and 14th of March and attended by more than 500 delegates! READ HERE!

Have a nice weekend!

Damen to build two additional LNG-battery hybrid ro-ros for Seaspan

Seaspan Ferries has signed a newbuilding contract with Damen Shipyards Group to construct two additional 1,034-lanemetre freight ro-ros based on the design of SEASPAN SWIFT and SEASPAN RELIANT, built by the Turkish Sedef shipyard in 2016 and 2017, respectively.


CMHI signs cruise ship order with Shanghai Style Cruise Industry Development

China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) has signed a newbuilding contract for a pair of 37,000gt cruise ships with Shanghai Style Cruise Industry Development for its Style Cruise brand. The order includes an option for two more units.


CLdN cancels second newbuilding contract at Uljanik

Hardly surprising, Uljanik shipyard’s bankruptcy (bankruptcy proceedings were launched on 13 May) has led to the cancellation of CLdN’s second 5,450-lanemetre ro-ro freighter ordered at the Croatian yard group in March 2016.

SUPERCAT starts Cyclades service from Piraeus
SUPERCAT was acquired in late 2017 and missed the 2018 season due to technical issues c George Giannakis

SUPERCAT was acquired in late 2017 and missed the 2018 season due to technical issues c George Giannakis

Golden Star Ferries’ Oceanfast 45m passenger-only catamaran SUPERCAT – the former KAROLIN of Linda Line – is set to debut for Golden Star Ferries at last, serving Sifnos, Milos, Folegandros, Santorini, Ios, Naxos and Mykonos from Piraeus.


TS Laevad charters MERCANDIA VIII as backup vessel

Just like last year, ForSea’s reserve vessel MERCANDIA VIII will head for Estonia to take up a summer charter with TS Laevad/Praamid, replacing REGULA as the backup vessel.


Stena confirms name of third E-Flexer for Stena Line service

As expected, the third E-Flexer for Stena Line service will be named STENA EMBLA, meaning the “the first female, created by gods” according to Norse mythology.


Fast Ferries to live up to its name

For the first time in its history, Fast Ferries – operators of three conventional ferries out of Rafina to the Northern and Central Cyclades – will effectively operate high-speed ro-pax tonnage in the form of HELLENIC HIGHSPEED, a Fincantieri-built MDV 1200 Class monohull which has been taken on charter from Hellenic Seaways for the summer season.


Bornholmslinjen starts upgrade work on POVL ANKER

One of Denmark’s much-loved vintage ro-pax ferries, Bornholmslinjen’s 1978-built POVL ANKER, is to undergo an upgrade which will echo the vessel’s historic past and continue its future.


Change of Norled ownership

The family-owned Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab (DSD) has sold all its shares in the Norwegian operator Norled to a 50/50 consortium consisting of the Nordic infrastructure investment company CapMan Infra and Canadian Caledon Capital Management.


Incat 130m wave piercing catamaran ordered by Buquebus

South American operator Buquebus has awarded Incat a contract for what will be the largest aluminium ro-pax built to date powered by diesel engines. The 130m long wave piercing catamaran will be 32m wide and carry over 2,100 passengers and 220 cars.


Gozo Channel to add fourth ship for the 2019 summer season

To tackle capacity constraints on the Cirkewwa (Malta) – Mgarr (Gozo) route, Gozo Channel has chartered the Superflex Class double-ender NIKOLAOS for the upcoming summer season.


Virtu Ferries time charters ro-pax to Trinidad and Tobago

It’s official; Austal Auto Express 107m catamaran JEAN DE LA VALETTE has been time chartered by Virtu Ferries to the Trinidad and Tobago Government’s National Infrastructure Development Company (NIDCO).



Irish Continental Group, Q1 2019 trading update

Irish Continental Group Q1 2019 trading update, including volumes and financials. Consolidated Group revenue in the period was EUR 102.3 million, an increase of 6.1% compared with last year. Net debt at the end of April was EUR 88.4 million compared with EUR 80.3 million at 31 December 2018. Ferries Division: Total revenues recorded in the period to 30 April amounted to EUR 51.7 million (including intra-division charter income), a 1.1% decrease on the prior year.
Press Releases

Hurtigruten partners with Biokraft in record-breaking biogas deal: Will power ships with dead fish

Expedition cruise line Hurtigruten signs a multi-year deal with Norway-based Biokraft to supply climate-neutral liquified biogas (LBG) – and power ships with fuel made from dead fish and other organic waste.

Jotun creates new standard for predictable, long-term antifouling protection with SeaForce and HydractiveTM technology

Jotun has unveiled the next generation of its popular SeaForce biocidal antifouling range, with three new products featuring breakthrough HydractiveTM technology. Developed in-house at the global leader in marine protective coatings, the new solution provides predictable, long-term performance for diverse vessel needs.

Virgin Voyages Dover calling official!

Virgin Voyages has announced that Dover will be the first ever port of call for its epic SCARLET LADY cruise ship, in February 2020.

New digital solution from Rolls-Royce and ZF improves availability and CO2 emissions of ships

Rolls-Royce is developing a new electronic monitoring system together with ZF to achieve maximum availability for ships, while keeping fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to a minimum. It will be tested by the Förde Reederei Seetouristik (FRS). The Equipment Health Management System (EHMS) collects and analyses data from the MTU engines, ZF transmission systems and other key components on a vessel, taking into account additional factors, such as wind, waves and currents.

Wärtsilä simulator software selected to teach modern navigational skills at three Netherlands training locations

Software solutions from the technology group Wärtsilä have been selected for installation in three maritime training centres. The turnkey systems will allow training to commence immediately following the site acceptance. The systems have been ordered by the Rotterdam based STC Group, an international maritime transport and logistics education provider. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in April 2019.

MAN and AKA collaborate on the propulsion package for Baltic RoPax operator TT-Line

Canadian, Prince Edward Island based engineering firm Aspin Kemp and Associates Inc. (AKA) and German based MAN Energy Solutions (MAN) are working together on the delivery of the propulsion package for 1+1 230-meter-long RoPax vessel for TT-Line, a German ferry operator. The vessel is to be built at Jiangsu Jingling shipyard in China. The MAN/AKA power and propulsion package includes eight MAN 51/60DF dual fuel engines, propellers and gearboxes, a fuel-gas supply system and HyProp ECO – an innovative, fuel-saving, hybrid propulsion system.

ABB to enable world’s first hydrogen-powered river vessel

ABB will provide a power and propulsion solution for a newbuild vessel operating along the Rhône river in France to run entirely on hydrogen fuel cells.

ChartCo signs deal to provide entire Carnival Cruise Line fleet with its Regs4ships service

ChartCo, the global leader in digital navigation services and voyage compliance solutions, is pleased to announce that it will now be supplying the entire Carnival Cruise Line fleet with its benchmark regulation management solution, Regs4ships.

In the first quarter of 2019 the revenue of Port of Tallinn Group amounted to EUR 28.5 million and profit to 11.0 million

In the first quarter of 2019, the revenue of Port of Tallinn and subsidiaries amounted to EUR 28.5 million, declining by 3% compared to the same period last year. The Group's adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) was EUR 16.9 million in the first quarter, declining by 4.2% year-on-year. Net profit decreased by EUR 0.8 million to EUR 11.0 million in the first quarter.

Tallink updated its beer and wine selection

In the upcoming weeks, Tallink changes its current beer and wine selection and launches a special anniversary craft beer to celebrate company’s thirty years in business. Tallink 30 anniversary beers are brewed in Purtse, Estonia.

Finnlines’ Tapani Voionmaa elected to the BIMCO Board of Directors

Tapani Voionmaa, Group General Counsel at Finnlines Plc, has been elected to the BIMCO Board of Directors. The election was made at BIMCO’s General Meeting in Athens on Tuesday 14 May 2019.

RINA DOLPHIN for quieter ships

Ships make a lot of noise. Much of the noise is emitted underwater, so passengers and the wider public are often unaware of this. Marine mammals, on the other hand, are very much aware. Although the long-term impacts of noise on marine mammals are not yet known with certainty, it is clear that increased noise interferes with an animal’s ability to hear. This has serious implications for reproduction and survival.

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新日本海フェリーは、北海道の倶知安町に18室の宿泊施設を2020年冬に開業する。運営はSHK Lineグループのオーセント・ホテルズ(株)が行う。
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フジエクスプレスが運航する水陸両用バス、KABA 3(13.86gt)が、2019年5月20日午前11時頃、東京・お台場海浜公園付近の海上で流されて座礁。乗客4人、乗員3人に怪我人はなかった。
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Shippax News Bulletin – 20

- In association with Interferry

Dear Subscriber,

Please find the headlines of the news added to the Shippax website during week 20.

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!

Mixed feelings about VIKING GRACE’s rotor sail

According to reports in Finnish local daily paper ‘Turun Sanomat’, Viking Line is not yet convinced about the fuel savings generated by the Flettner rotor which was installed on the upper deck of its cruise ferry VIKING GRACE in April last year.


Scylla charters BREMEN to US-based Polar Latitudes

Swiss-based river cruise operator Scylla AG, which moved into blue water cruising in January this year when it bought Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ expedition vessel BREMEN, has chartered the vessel to Vermont-based US polar cruise specialist Polar Latitudes for the 2021-2022 Antarctic season.


As expected, Coral Expeditions has ordered a sister to the recently delivered CORAL ADVENTURER from Vard’s Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam.


HONDIUS delivered – sister ship ordered

Dutch Arctic and Antarctica expedition vessel operator Oceanwide Expeditions has taken delivery this week (week 20) of its latest fleet addition, the 174-passenger capacity HONDIUS from Croatian shipbuilder Brodosplit and ordered a sister ship, to be named JANSSONIUS for delivery in October 2021.


P&O Ferries hands over EUROPEAN ENDEAVOUR to its new owners

Rederi AB Eckerö took delivery of EUROPEAN ENDEAVOUR today, 15 May. The 1,950-lanemetre ro-pax ferry was handed over in Liverpool’s Royal Seaforth Dock. To be registered in Finland, EUROPEAN ENDEAVOUR will be renamed FINBO CARGO for her new role on the freight-orientated Vuosaari (Helsinki)-Tallinn run.


DFDS’s ANGLIA SEAWAYS to join Attica Group

DFDS has entered into an agreement with Attica Group to sell its 1,680-lanemetre freighter ANGLIA SEAWAYS. Currently serving the Vlaardingen (Rotterdam)-Felixstowe route, the 2000-built vessel has become surplus to requirements and is expected to be handed over to her new Greek owners no later than 5 July 2019.


OSCAR WILDE renamed GNV ALLEGRA – to be introduced between Genoa and Olbia

Irish Ferries’ former OSCAR WILDE has been renamed GNV ALLEGRA and will enter service for GNV on its Genoa-Olbia (Sardinia) service on 25 May. The 31,914gt vessel is currently in drydock in Genoa being adapted for GNV service.


Shipyard De Hoop hands over expedition cruise vessel CELEBRITY FLORA

On 13 May, Shipyard De Hoop handed over the small expedition cruise vessel CELEBRITY FLORA to Celebrity Cruises. This is the first cruise vessel designed specifically for cruising the environmentally sensitive Galapagos Islands. The 101.5m long vessel will make her maiden cruise from Baltra on 30 June.


CroisiEurope confirms acquisition of SILVER DISCOVERER

Exactly one month ago, Shippax reported that CroisiEurope had signed an MoA for the acquisition of the 1989-built, 5,218gt expedition cruise ship SILVER DISCOVERER. The news has now been confirmed by CroisiEurope and SILVER DISCOVERER is set to leave the Silversea fleet this summer.


Albatros Expeditions to charter a second SunStone expedition vessel

The Danish boutique expedition cruise operator Albatros Expeditions has announced that it will charter a second Infinity Class expedition vessel from SunStone. The vessel, named OCEAN ALBATROS, will be delivered in October 2022.


Baleària to start new summer fast ferry service to Menorca and Mallorca

Baleària is to start a new high-speed ferry service linking Barcelona with the islands of Menorca and Mallorca. The new service starts on 4 July and runs until 11 September and will serve the port of Ciutadella on Menorca and Alcúdia on Mallorca.


Pentland Ferries launches an appeal over huge North Isles ferry subsidy increase

Pentland Ferries has launched an appeal against a recent court decision which ruled in favour of the Scottish Government’s plans to dramatically increase state subsidies for the forthcoming Northern Isles Ferry Services contract.


EL. VENIZELOS returns to Chania-Piraeus route

After an absence of more than eight months following a serious vehicle deck fire during a routine night crossing between Souda (Chania) and Piraeus, EL. VENIZELOS has returned to regular service and made her first crossing back to her Cretan homeport in the late evening of 13 May.


BC Ferries’ NORTHERN SEA WOLF to enter service on 18 May

BC Ferries’ latest fleet addition, the compact ro-pax ferry NORTHERN SEA WOLF, will enter service on 18 May, much later than originally expected after serious delays to her refit and upgrade programme after the vessel was bought from Greek owners in 2017.


SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY leaves building dock

SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY, Saga Cruises’ first ever newbuilding, was successfully docked out from Meyer Werft’s fully-covered Number One building dock on Sunday 12 May.


FRS pulls out of running for Scotland’s next Northern Isles ferry contract

The only non-Scottish ferry operator to bid for Scotland’s next Northern Isles ferry contract – Germany’s international ferry operator Förde Reederei Seetouristik (FRS) – has pulled out of the bidding leaving the way clear for the GBP 370 million contract to be awarded to current operator Serco NorthLink Ferries or Government-owned CalMac Ferries. The contract is to operate ferry services linking the Scottish mainland; from Aberdeen and Scrabster, with the Orkney and Shetland islands.



Fjord1 1Q 2019 financial results plunge

Fjord1 has released its financial results for the first quarter of the year showing a drop in revenue of 11% due to the loss of major concessions. Revenue went from NOK 720 million in 1Q 2018 to NOK 640 million. Operating profit (EBIT) decreased from NOK 147 million to NOK 57 million.

Press Releases

SCHOTTEL expands range of high-performance nozzles

With the launch of the newly developed SDC40 nozzle, SCHOTTEL expands its range of high-performance nozzles. The SDC40 sets new standards in terms of compact design and free running efficiency – and thus even leads to reduced operating costs compared to the nozzles of other market participants.

UN agency launches new global project to tackle maritime GHG emissions

A major international project to support the International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s initial strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping has been launched.

New EZpay Allows Holland America Line Guests to Make Monthly Interest-Free Cruise Payments

Holland America Line's new EZpay makes it a breeze to budget for a dream cruise vacation and pay it off over time. EZpay spreads out the cruise balance into equal, interest-free monthly payments leading up to final payment. The plan gives guests the flexibility to pay for their cruise at their own pace, with the ability to opt out at any time without penalty.

AIDAcara provides first cruiseship reference for Aquaterras biocide-free antifouling

Nippon Paint Marine has successfully applied its novel Aquaterras hull coating to AIDA Cruises’ 38,531gt cruise vessel AIDAcara. It is the first-ever full application of the revolutionary biocide free, self-polishing (SPC) antifouling to a cruiseship.

Damen Shipyards Group opens new engineering centre in Helsinki

Damen has established a presence in Finland for the first time. The Helsinki office has been set up to take advantage of the depth of engineering expertise that exists in the country following the group’s entry last year into building large vessels for the RoPax, Cruise and Offshore markets via its new Romanian yard, Damen Shipyards Mangalia. The new office will augment and extend Damen’s engineering capability in this market segment.

DFDS is testing intelligent drones

DFDS is developing and testing drones that can help keep track of the trailers in the terminals in cooperation with Lorenz Technology, a Danish company developing drones based on Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Roch PR invited aboard by world-leading ferry operator DFDS

Roch PR will deliver public relations programmes and support crisis operations for DFDS on its routes from Dover, Newhaven and Newcastle, in liaison with the ferry operator’s own PR and marketing teams in Dover and Newcastle.

TT-Line presents a new Freight product!

The new freight check-in solution allows truck driver to check-in conveniently via their mobile device before arriving in the departure harbour. The driver can directly pick up his tickets from his cab in the parking areas at the marked stations by simply scanning the QR-Code or using the provided PIN after finishing the Check-In process.

Stena Line sails towards a leadership in sustainable shipping

AI assisted vessels to save fuel, Battery power propulsion, huge reduction of single use plastic on board, continued low level of crew and passenger accidents and an increased rate of female leaders. That are some of the highlights in leading ferry company Stena Lines sustainability review for 2018.

FLAGSHIPS project to deploy two hydrogen vessels

The European innovation project FLAGSHIPS has been awarded 5 Million Euros from the EU to support deploying two commercially operated zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vessels in France and Norway.

Evac Evolution ballast water management systems gains IMO approval

The Evac Evolution Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has been granted IMO Type Approval. The system has been designed and manufactured by Cathelco, which has been part of Evac Group since May 2018.

Norwegenkai shore-based ship power plant inaugurated

The PORT OF KIEL’s first shore-based power supply plant for shipping was officially inaugurated at the Norwegenkai on May 9th.

Echandia Marine LTO Batteries to power the world’s first fleet of all-electric commuter ferries

Echandia Marine announces that Damen Shipyards has chosen Echandia’s LTO Battery system for the world’s first acquisition of a fleet of electric commuter ferries by leading multinational public transport company Arriva Denmark. The order is for 7 vessels to upgrade Copenhagen’s ferry service to one that is efficient, environmentally-friendly and economically viable. Echandia Marine, with primary operations in Stockholm, Sweden has previously engineered both the world’s first supercharged electric ferry Movitz and the world’s fastest electric ferry BB Green.

FINCANTIERI The BoD approves Q1 2019 results

The BOD approves Q1 2019 results: revenues up 13%, order intake at euro 6.5 billion with 11 cruise ships. Total backlog at new record level of euro 34.3 billion.

Actemium OPS reduces emissions in Swedish ports corresponding to 100,000 cars

At SVT Nyheter, this week (v.19 2019), you can read about the high ship emissions between Swedish ports. Actemium OPS (Onshore Power Supply) has built dozens of electricity-based land connections, both in Sweden and abroad that contribute to reducing emissions. Among other facilities are facilities in Visby, Gothenburg, Trelleborg, Kristiansand and Oslo harbor in Norway, Nynäshamn and Dunkerque.

New LNG-powered RoRo Vessels for Wallenius-SOL Designed by KNUD E. HANSEN

KNUD E HANSEN has designed the first generation of LNG-powered ultra-large RoRo vessels for the newly-established Swedish company Wallenius-SOL. Up to four vessels have been ordered at Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Ltd., China, for whom KNUD E. HANSEN will provide the engineering package for the construction and approval by classification and flag state authorities.

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