Shippax News Bulletin – 39

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Fred. Olsen Express’ next generation trimaran taking shape at Austal

Austal has commenced construction with the first metal cut for the first of two 117-metre trimarans Fred. Olsen Express ordered in fall 2017. When delivered in 2020, the two ships will join the larger Austal-built trimaran BENCHIJIGUA EXPRESS in Fred. Olsen’s Canary Islands trade.


Post summer Spanish roundup

The end of the summer high season and, in particular, of the OPE (Crossing of the Straits) usually means that vessels are moved around to allow for drydocking and to match capacity with demand. Chartered-in vessels may also be returned and lines may even withdraw from certain routes. These are some of the first such movements with the end of summer 2018:


Scotland’s Northern Isles ferry contract out to tender

The Scottish Government tendering process for the contract to undertake the Northern Isles ferry services from 2019 through to 2027 is underway after the publication of the contract notice. The current contract, awarded in 2012 was won by Serco.


Corsica Ferries to serve Sicily from Toulon and Nice

Corsica Ferries is further expanding its network in the Western Mediterranean. As of 21 April 2019, the Bastia-headquartered ferry company will add a seasonal service from Toulon and Nice to Trapani which will be operated up to three times per week.


DFDS reviews Belgium-UK-Norway operations

DFDS has reviewed its Belgium-UK-Norway services and will introduce the 1,891-lanemetre FINLANDIA SEAWAYS – withdrawn from Zeebrugge-Rosyth following her engine room fire and immediate closure of the route in mid-April – on a weekly Zeebrugge-Immingham-Brevik-Frederikstad-Halden-Brevik-Zeebrugge rotation.


Fjord1 secures NOK 2.26 billion ferry contract

Fjord1, Norway’s leading domestic ferry operator, has secured yet another major ferry contract package in the Møre og Romsdal county.



Strongest ever Q3 result for Carnival Corporation

Revenues for the third quarter of 2018 were USD 5.8 billion, higher than the USD 5.5 billion in the prior year. GAAP net income of USD 1.7 billion, or USD 2.41 diluted EPS, for the third quarter of 2018, higher than U.S. GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2017 of USD 1.3 billion, or USD 1.83 diluted EPS.

Anek reports improvement, but sinks into the red

Group turnover for the first half was EUR 72.9 million versus EUR 65.3 million in the comparable period of the previous year. Respectively, the parent company's turnover came in at EUR 66.9 million, compared to EUR 58 million a year earlier. Consolidated gross results in the 2018 first half saw a profit of EUR 8.4 million versus one of EUR 400,000 first half of 2017, while the ferry side's gross was EUR 7.2 million overturning the loss of EUR 400,000 recorded in the 2017 first half.

Attica seeing results of HSW acquisition

Attica Group lifted consolidated revenue in the first half of 2018 by 15% to EUR 131.68 million as traffic volumes in all sectors increased as the company consolidated the June results of Hellenic Seaways (HSW) into its first half interim results. With fuel price continuing to rise, in the six months Attica's EBITDA came in at EUR 8.81 million against EUR 7.07 million in the 2017 first six months.

Press Releases

Princess Cruises Reports OceanMedallion™ Activation Milestone

For guests sailing on Caribbean Princess since early September, satisfaction scores indicate they thoroughly enjoy using their OceanMedallion™ to discover how a personalized vacation can elevate their experience to a higher level by removing friction points, delivering enhanced levels of personalization and guest service all the while staying connected with land-like internet streaming speeds.

Wärtsilä HY hybrid power module gets further validation with AIP from ABS

The technology group Wärtsilä’s hybrid power module, the innovative Wärtsilä HY, has been granted Approval in Principle (AIP) by ABS, a leading global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries. This AIP follows another issued by ABS in 2017 for Wärtsilä’s hybrid propulsion tug designs.

Miros launches real-time sea state data as a cloud-integrated service

In an industry first, ocean surface measuring leader Miros Group will make dry measurements of sea state available through the cloud as a service. For customers, this means flexible access to real time data without having to cover the investment in data collection and transfer equipment.

The Ocean Cleanup chooses Iridium

The IridiumR network will deliver critical operational data, imagery and video for The Ocean Cleanup, continuing Iridium’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Helm Operations Joins Volaris Group

Leading developer of marine software looks to accelerate growth with new backing from global technology firm.

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Shippax News Bulletin – 38

- In association with Interferry

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Please find the headlines of the news added to the Shippax website during week 38.

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P&O Ferries adds capacity on Zeebrugge-Teesport service

To meet customer demand P&O Ferries is poised to further boost capacity on its six times weekly ro-ro service between Zeebrugge and Teesport, currently operated by the chartered 1,625-lanemetre MISTRAL and 2,863-lanemetre BORE SONG.


Increased passenger carryings for GNV

During the GNV Awards, held on board GNV’s RHAPSODY, the MSC-controlled ferry operator announced that it had experienced a very strong summer, showing a 6.2% passenger increase with a total of 1.3 million passengers being carried for the June to September period.


Hyundai Mipo Dockyard secures another major ro-pax contract

Hot on the heels of the delivery of the 31,000gt NEW GOLDEN BRIDGE VII to Weidong Ferry, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) announced that it has landed a new contract for a 27,000gt ro-pax earmarked for domestic service.


Color Line will obtain NOK 33.8 million to move goods from road to sea

The Norwegian Coastal Administration will grant a total of NOK 70.4 million to three actors that will move some 1.8 million tonnes from road to sea. Color Line is one of them and will obtain NOK 33.8 million spread over a three-year period.


Møre og Romsdal puts four more ferry routes out to tender

The Møre og Romsdal county in Norway has put the following route package out to tender: Festøya-Hundeidvika, Stranda-Liabygda, Eidsdal-Linge and Leknes-Sæbø-Skår-Trandal-Standal.


Rebranded U.N. Ro-Ro to introduce ‘Seaways’ names

U.N. Ro-Ro will be rebranded DFDS, a process that will take several years. The first ship to display the name and the livery of the new owners is the lengthened UN KARADENIZ. DFDS has also announced that all twelve ships in the U.N. Ro-Ro fleet will be renamed after Turkish UNESCO world heritage sites. In line with the rest of the DFDS fleet, the name will be followed by the Seaways suffix.


Polferries’ new NOVA STAR finally enters service

Following months of delays and uncertainty, Polferries’ chartered ro-pax NOVA STAR entered service on the Gdansk-Nynäshamn route on 14 September. Original plans were for the ferry to have entered service at the end of March, with the in-service date being changed nine times since then.


Record summer for Wasaline

The summer (June-August) was very strong for Wasaline, the single ship Vaasa-Umeå operator, with record carryings on both the passenger and passenger vehicle side.


STENA VINGA introduced on the Gothenburg-Frederikshavn service

After a two-week refit at Oresund DryDocks, Landskrona, the former BornholmerFaergen’s HAMMERODDE was introduced as STENA VINGA between Gothenburg and Frederikshavn on 16 September, displaying a full Stena Line livery.


Canary Bridge Seaways to charter Seatruck’s CLIPPER PENNANT

Alistair Eagles, CEO of UK-based Seatruck Ferries has confirmed to Shippax that the company’s 2009-built, 1,830-lanemetre ro-ro CLIPPER PENNANT has been chartered to new Spanish ferry operator Canary Bridge Seaways from early November. He said that the “terms and length of the charter remain confidential.”


Stena charters SOMERSET

Stena Line has long-term chartered CLdN’s 2,475 lanemetre SOMERSET and will initially place her on the Europoort (Rotterdam)-Harwich route, joining the 1,511-lanemetre BORE BAY on 19 September.


Nichols Brothers launched the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VENTURE

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VENTURE, the sister ship of the 2017-built NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC QUEST, has been launched from Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland, WA. The ship will now be fitted out for delivery to Lindblad Expeditions at the end of the year.



Minoan Lines happily maintains steady course

Consolidated turnover in the first six months was EUR 35.9 million, up a shade on the EUR 35.5 million in the first half of 2017. The group's operating profit (EBITDA) was EUR 8.505 million down from EUR 9.68 million in the 2017 period while the net profit at EUR 1.854 million represents an improvement on the EUR 1.585 million a year ago.
Press releases

Chevron Marine Lubricants Launches 2020 Ready Lubricant Range

Chevron Marine Lubricants has developed a brand-new range of cylinder lubricants compatible with virtually all available global sulphur cap 2020 compliance options.

Red Goes Green

'Red Goes Green' is the name given to Red Funnel's new long-term Environmental Strategy announced today. It seeks to showcase the environmental successes of recent years and highlight a wide range of new green initiatives, including measures to change consumer behavior in line with the company's commitment to operate in an environmentally sustainable and sympathetic manner.

Rolls-Royce launches new range of powerful medium speed V-Engines

New B33:45 liquid fuel and B36:45 gas V-engine series with 12, 16 and 20 cylinder
At 600 KW per cylinder the new engines offer a 20 per cent increase in power
Perfect fit for hybrid systems with renewable energy sources

Carnival Corporation Launches OceanViewR Mobile, a Travel Industry First

New app lets consumers watch the most popular U.S. travel series and other original travel shows at home, on the go and at sea
World's largest cruise company furthers efforts to increase awareness of and demand for cruise vacations.

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