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RoPax – International Magazine for Ferry and RoRo Shipping

9 / 05.2019

INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE FOR FERRY AND RORO SHIPPING

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Visborg

LNG for Gotland

DFDS Ephesus Seaways

More Capacity for Turkish traffic


The most reliable freight

shipping network in Europe

Narvik

Bodø

Fauske

Mo i Rana

Mosjøen

Ålesund

Trondheim

Fort William

Greenock

Aberdeen

Ballina

Bellshill Larkhall

Belfast Newcastle

IE

Mullagh

UK

Dublin Liverpool Manchester

Cork Waterford

Immingham

Warrington

Killingholme

Paris

Florø

Bergen

NO

Haugesund Oslo

Drammen

Stavanger

Larvik Moss

Kapellskär

Brevik

Kristiansand

Lilla Edet

Fredrikstad

Halden

Gothenburg

DK

Esbjerg

Copenhagen Karlshamn

Fredericia

Malmo

Cuxhaven Kiel

NL

Lübeck

Felixstowe

Hamburg

Avonmouth Gravesend

Amsterdam (IJmuiden)

Newlyn

Botlek

Newhaven Dover

Rotterdam (Vlaardingen)

Zeebrugge

Paignton Calais

Antwerp Duisburg

Dunkirk Brugge Mortsel

Ghent

Boulogne

Dieppe

BE

Sur Mer

DE

Dourges

Bettembourg

Ludwigshafen

Chesterfield Grimsby

Peterborough

Lerwick

SE

Prague

CZ

PL

Poznan

Hanko

FI

Paldiski

EE

Ventspils

Kotka

Tallinn

LV

Liepaja

Riga

Klaipeda

LT

Vilnius

RU

Kaliningrad

BY

UA

Minsk

RU

Moscow

Almaty u

PT

Maia

ES

Bilbao

Le Boulou

Barcelona

FR

Lyon

Novara

Miramas/Avignon

Marseille

Toulon

CH

Busto

Melzo

IT

Munich

Wels

Salzburg

AT

Trieste

SK

HU

Gyula

RO

Tibod

Ilyichevsk

Madrid

Tarragona

Valencia

Bari

Ambarli (Istanbul)

Pendik (Istanbul)

Yalova

GR

TR

Tunis

Patras

Antalya

Mersin

PORTS OF CALL & SALES AGENCIES

LOGISTICS OFFICES

OPERATIONAL OFFICES

RAIL SERVICES

TN

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EDITORIAL / 3

Neue Herausforderungen und Veränderungen

Liebe Leser,

die RoRo – und Fährschifffahrt muss sich immer neuen und vielfältigen Herausforderungen

stellen. Die weitere Limitierung der Schwefelemissionen ab dem Jahr

2020 auf allen Weltmeeren außerhalb der bekannten SECA Gebiete auf 0,5%

zwingt einige Reeder das richtige Antriebskonzept zu finden. Immer mehr Schiffe

mit einem LNG Antriebssystem werden in Dienst gestellt. Die erste in China für

die Rederi AB Gotland gefertigte Fähre „Visborg“ hat erfolgreich seinen Dienst

gestartet. Wir waren an Bord! Auch Balearia hat seine erste LNG Fähre „Hypatia

de Alejandria“ von der Werft Visentini im Mittelmeer übernommen. Andere wie

Grimaldi setzen weiter auf die sich weiter entwickelnde Scrubber Technologie mit

ganz neuen Ideen der Meeresreinigung gegen Plastikmüll.

Im Küstennahen Bereich auf Kurzstecken kommen immer mehr elektrisch betriebene

Fähren zum Einsatz. Auf der anderen Seite verändern sich die Ladungsströme und die Reedereien bieten neue Lösungen mit multimodalen

Konzepten. Der Transport von Hafen zu Hafen steht nicht mehr im Mittelpunkt. Vom Hinterland-Terminal über den Hafen

weiter mit der Fähre bis ins nächste Terminal im Zielgebiet aus einer Hand, ist ein Angebot welches voran getrieben wird. Durch die

Überlastung der Westeuropäischen Autobahnen verlagern sich Verkehrsströme in den Ostkorridor und bringen Fährverkehre ab Polen

nach Schweden zum boomen. Dennoch steigt der Druck nach kostengünstigen Lösungen und ein aufgeschobener Brexit lässt einige

Reedereien im Wartemodus zur Veränderung ihrer Kapazitäten.

Viel Spaß beim Lesen

New challenges and changes

Dear Readers,

RoRo and ferry shipping must always face new challenges. The further limitation of sulphur emissions from 2020 on all oceans outside

the known SECA areas to 0.5% is forcing some Shipowners to find alternative propulsion concepts. More and more new ships are being

delivered with an LNG propulsion system. The first ferry built in China for Rederi AB Gotland, the „Visborg,“ has successfully entered

service and RoPax was on board! Also, Balearia has taken delivery of its first LNG fueled ferry, the „Hypatia de Alejandria,“ from Italian

shipyard Visentini. Others, such as Grimaldi, continue to rely on evolving exhaust scrubber technology whilst some companies are

adopting new approaches to the disposal of plastic waste so as to preserve the marine environment. In addition to these efforts, coastal short

sea voyages are increasingly seeing the use of ferries that are partially or entirely powered by electric.

The cargo flows are also changing with the shipping companies offering new solutions involving multimodal concepts. The congestion of the

Western European highways is causing a traffic shift to the east corridor. The consequence is that ferry traffic from Poland to Sweden is

booming. Nevertheless, the pressure is increasing for cost-effective solutions. A postponed Brexit is also leaving some shipping companies in

limbo whilst they wait to see how their capacity strategy will need to be adapted.

Enjoy reading

Jan Philip Eckmann

(Herausgeber & Chefredakteur / Publisher & Editor)

RoPax 9 / 05.2019


4 / CONTENT

16 20

Content

EDITORIAL....................................................................................................... 03

MARKET REPORT

> Scandlines.................................................................................................................................. 06

> Lehmann Group Lübeck ......................................................................................................... 07

> SOL – Wallenius – DFDS......................................................................................................... 07

> Cobelfret..................................................................................................................................... 08

> New E Ferry „Aerö“.................................................................................................................. 09

> Eckerö......................................................................................................................................... 09

> Transfennica.............................................................................................................................. 10

> Tallink......................................................................................................................................... 10

> Brittany Ferries ......................................................................................................................... 11

> Hogia ......................................................................................................................................... 12

> For4Sea – New Name at the Öresund ................................................................................... 12

> Terberg Tugmaster ................................................................................................................... 12

> Carus .......................................................................................................................................... 13

> WDR .......................................................................................................................................... 14

> Bow Spirit Kids ......................................................................................................................... 14

INTERVIEW

Hoover of the sea! .......................................................................................................... 16

Onorato Armatori Group continue growth ............................................................................. 26

Scandlines – Mega Green Shipping ............................................................................... 30

DFDS rides the MED .................................................................................................................. 38

Attica Group ................................................................................................................................. 42

Hirtshals continue growth .......................................................................................................... 53

Stena Line – Niclas Mårtensson shows optimistic outlook ................................................... 62

Port of Ystad – Booming gate to Poland .................................................................................. 72

Fjord Line Cargo growth ............................................................................................................ 74

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30 50 70

NEWBUILDING

Visborg – First LNG for Gotland .................................................................................. 20

Ephesus Seaways – New Mega Ro-Ro for DFDS .................................................................... 32

Hammershus – Molslinjen introduces RoPax newbuilding

on lifeline link to Bornholm ...................................................................................................... 44

Irish Ferries W. B. Yeats – A New Ferry Tale Begins .............................................................. 57

Balearia – Leading LNG ferry operator in the Mediterranean .............................................. 64

DATA SHEET

Visborg .......................................................................................................................................... 24

Ephesus Seaways ......................................................................................................................... 36

Hammershus ............................................................................................................................... 48

W. B. Yeats ................................................................................................................................... 60

Hypatia de Alejandría ................................................................................................................. 68

REPORT

Poland – Sweden .......................................................................................................................... 20

Rostock, Lübeck und Kiel –

Die drei führenden Deutschen Ostseehäfen wachsen weiter! ...................................... 50

Wasaline – Strong Growth and a New Ferry Ordered ........................................................... 54

WDR expandiert – Neuer Katamaran und Wohnmobilkonzept .......................................... 63

Around Spain ................................................................................................................. 70

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6 / MARKET REPORT

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Market Report

New orders and New shipping companies

vices are using port of Puttgarden as a hub

for their network between Germany and

Scandinavia. Scandlines offers extra facilities

where logistic companies could storage

trucks and trailers and where they

could change truck drivers.

Dangerous Goods

Scandlines offers additional a very strong

schedule for dangerous cargo by its special

cargo ferry “Holger Danske”! The ship

offers all facilities for 12 drivers and can

Dangerous Goods only with Holger Danske.

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SCANDLINES

Cargo competence!

Scandlines operates the leading cargo lines

between the European continent and

Scandinavia, the main line Puttgarden –

Rödby is carrying the biggest part of all

cargo flows to and from Scandinavia. At

the second route Rostock – Gedser the

Danish-German company recognized in

the last years also a huge increase in its

cargo traffic.

Every working day approximately 2,000

trucks use the route between Rödby and

Puttgarden. Per year over 500k trucks are

on board of the four double ended ferries

“Deutschland”, “Schleswig-Holstein”,

“Prins Richard”, “Prinsesse Benedikte” and

additional the cargo ferry Kronprins

Frederik sails in between to minimize

some overflows and to reduce waiting

times. Most of the cargo clients are part of

the European logistic networks and the

loads are planned for productions and

consumers not only for just in time deliveries

also for sequence deliveries. Additional

KEP (Kurier, Express, Parcel) seraccommodate

7 standard trucks. All

dangerous cargo, like explosives and toxic

liquids etc. which could not be transported

at the regular ferries will be shipped by

“Holger Danske”.

The former double end ferry was built in

1976 for the Öresund traffic and is the

oldest vessel in the Scandlines fleet. In

1 999 Scandlines decided the conversion

into a dangerous goods ferry.

On board is a little restaurant for the

drivers with a nice front view. Also shower

cabins are available for the trip over Fehmarnbelt.

The Danish crew is highly motivated

to offer the best service and to keep

the ferry in a good shape. Scandlines is the

leading ferry operator in the world with its

6 hybrid ferries`. The company works hard

on a continued development to reach the

“zero emission” operation. The four double

end ferries on Rödby – Puttgarden will get

whisper thrusters for sparing environment

and less energy consumption. Next steps

are planned on the new ferries “Copenhagen”

and “Berlin” to install Flettner

rotors.

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MARKET REPORT / 7

Reederei Lehmann | Lübecker Hafenrundschau

Ferrylines.com – Company portrait

Ferrylines.com (“competence in ferries

since 2004“) is an independent online

booking platform for worldwide ferry

services. It claims it offers up-to-date information

about more than 7.700 routes,

810 ferry operators, 2.700 ports in 140

countries and 2.900 ferries. It also offers

customized online solutions for the ferry

business to the travel industry.

On the company’s homepage, the search

Even if there is planned to build a tunnel

mask for particular ferry routes is con -

under the Fehmarnbelt, Scandlines services

for cargo and special dangerous

veniently placed in the middle of the screen

with the left part occupied by a newsfeed

cargo will continue to be needed.

giving information about the latest developments

within the ferry industry. On the

right side of the screen, Ferrylines.com’s

LEHMANN GROUP LÜBECK

Continue

main business

Growth

partners

and new

are

vessels

presented

The

and

Lehmann

linked to which

Group

mostly

is an owner-managed,

European innovative ferry operators. and environmentally-

The website and

are the key

oriented booking enterprise engine is with available Hanseatic in roots. nine

Today languages Lehmann (German, operates English, and owns Spanish, four

different French, Italian, terminals Danish, in the Swedish, port of Lübeck Dutch

with and Polish). all kind Once of a facilities particular like route RoRo, has

LoLo, been selected, Break a new Bulk, window Forest opens Products, which

Container, shows an Project interactive and Heavy map of Lift the cargoes. geo -

The graphical company area in recognized which the route also in is situated 2018 a

growth with a total volume of abt. 2.4 Mio

tons. The company is managed by it`s

owner Holger Lehmann and managing

director Sven Lohse.

In April 2019 a new container service from

Cargo Terminal Lehmann to Halmstad,

Oslo and Aarhus was established by Containerships

as well as information

with two extra

regarding

calls per

sailing

week.

Especially

time, frequency,

the container

season

traffic

and operator.

and the

multimodal Customers can transport check developed a particular quite route well in

within three steps: the group chose over a departure the last port, years. chose a

With route, the then acquisition select a fare of and extra book. land next to

Lehmannkai Ferrylines.com 1 a claims new terminal it is in infrastructure

contact will with be developed all covered in the operators long run. and At

constant

the offers first direct construction online booking stage Lehman solutions intend for

to 280 build of the two overall new warehouses 810 operators plus on railway about

infrastructure 3.000 routes. Its for unique intermodal selling transport. point compared

to that other the ferry Lehmann booking Group platforms operates is

Besides

today seven own mini bulkers in size of

4-5000 dwat plus three vessels on management

in the European waters. In 2018 Lehmann

ordered in addition a sister vessel to

mv Ina Lehmann build 2017 by Royal

Bodewes in Netherlands. The Bodewes

Eco Trader with 4800 dwat and ice class 1B

is

the

expected

worldwide

for

coverage

delivery

whereas

in Spring

other

2020.

portals

The company

concentrate

looks

on

quite

particular

optimistic

regions,

into

the countries future or based continents. of an increase Ferrylines.com of warehouse

operated handling by Marine and Netservices the demand (Lübeck) for port

is

logistic and has services been nominated and multimodal at the solutions. World

Travel AwardsTM as the world’s leading

ferry website from 2010 to 2017. Ferrylines.com

– WALLENIUS is a member - of DFDS the German ferry

SOL

New association market VFF. players For for freight paper bookings, transport it

WALLENIUS has established SOL a co-operation is a new shipping with company

Munich-based that will transport agent Transcamion. forestry products

the

and other goods in a network covering Kai Ortel the

FOS – FERRY OPERATION SUPPORT SYSTEM

Monitoring | Documentation | Evaluation | Planning | Optimization

OPERATE IN THE MOST ECONOMICAL WAY

WHILE KEEPING YOUR SCHEDULE

The Ferry Operation Support System (FOS) by SkySails helps ferry operators to save fuel and

emissions while keeping schedule thus improving their bottom line. Via its onboard real-time

decision support tool as well as a web interface, onboard and onshore staff can easily measure,

monitor and optimize the actual leg. On top of that, FOS ensures and documents safety and

comfort of passengers and vehicles at all times. The FOS system builds on SkySails’ 16-year

experience in the measurement, processing and evaluation of ship data. In addition to FOS,

SkySails also offers highly effective tools for optimizing operation of other ship types – the wellestablished

Vessel Performance Manager (V-PER) and Crew Transfer Support system (CTS).

Get in touch: SkySails Marine Performance GmbH Hamburg/Germany

Phone: +49 (0)40 702 99 0 Email: sales@skysails.de

FOS

FERRY OPERATION SUPPORT SYSTEM

www.v-per.com

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Wallenius - SOL

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.

The 1A Super ice-classed vessels will have

a length of abt. 242 m and a deadweight

capacity of abt. 27,000 t making them

largest in the class. The Vessels will be the

first Mega RoRo vessels in the world

powered by LNG-fuelled engines, thus

reducing its total emissions and carbon

footprint. During port calls the vessels

will run on green electricity from shore

connections or LNG. Together with

other environmentally friendly initiatives

the vessels will not only be among the

largest in the world, they will also be

among the industry leaders of green RoRo

vessels. With a capacity of 5.800 lane

meters they will sail with a service speed of

20 knots

Artist impression of the new RoRo vessels for Wallenius – SOL.

Gulf of Bothnia, the Baltic Sea and the

North Sea. Founders are the two shipping

companies Wallenius and Swedish Orient

Line, SOL. It’s an investment to strengthen

the infrastructure for the needs of Finnish

and Swedish industry. The first customers

to sign long-term agreements are Stora

Enso and Metsä Board. It was deal to put

the smaller SOL in a stronger position for

the future. SOL lost his contract with Stora

Enso for the very successful line between

Gothenburg to Zeebrugge to DFDS. DFDS

and Stora Enso have signed a 5-year agreement

to annually carry around 700,000

tons of paper and board products between

Gothenburg and Zeebrugge. Stora Enso

has options to extend the agreement with

three years. DFDS will extend the service

form 8 to 12 departures per week. For

DFDS the deal comes in a very good situation

with decreasing volumes between

Swedena nd Britain the company can shift

capacities to this new line.

Wallenius SOL will build up more

RoRo activities.

”Together with Wallenius we can offer a

strong mix of experience and competence,

which can support a growing forest industry”,

says Ragnar Johansson, Managing Director

WALLENIUS SOL. ”Wallenius has

experience from industrial shipping, ship

owning, ship building and ship management.

SOL brings the competence of

logistics from forest industry and other

types of cargo in this geographical area”.

WALLENIUS SOL will have service in the

region around the Baltic Sea including

Gulf of Bothnia, operating from five ports

with regular calls to the continent and the

UK. WALLENIUS SOL can offer cost-efficient,

operationally efficient and sustainable

transports to the forest industry and

other customers.

”We rely on efficient and sustainable transports

for our products”, says Knut Hansen,

SVP Logistics Global, Stora Enso. ”The

partnership with WALLENIUS SOL will

enhance our opportunities to compete

globally, while at the same time the new

vessels will reduce environmental impact”.

Specially designed vessels built to Finnish/

Swedish ice class 1A Super will ensure

year-round service, even in the the Gulf of

Bothnia. The fleet in service in the Baltic

Sea will initially consist of five vessels. Up

to four new vessels are ordered and

delivery of the new vessels are planned for

2021. These vessels will be LNG-powered

and will also have other features that make

these vessels the most environmentally

efficient vessels in the area.

The new RoRo vessel are designed by well

known Danish company Knut E Hansen.

The last big RoRo projects were the new

DFDS RoRos and the upcoming Grimaldi

RoRos.

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

Wallenius - SOL

COBELFRET

Cobelfret flexible for all markets

Cobelfret better know in RoRo business as

CLdN (Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de

Navigation) generated in 2018 a turnover

of 1,4 billions Euro with its Bulk, RoRo

and Port services and over 1,700 employees

and actual 27 RoRo vessels. The family

owned company increased in the last

years it s RoRo capacity between Belgium/

Netherland and UK, Ireland, Sweden,

Denmark and Spain. CLdN is well known

as one of the leading carriers for the

Laureline in port of Dublin.

European automotive industry and its

suppliers. Ready for Brexit, the company

increased its capacities between Ireland

and west mainland Europe in the last years

by introduction of the huge RoRo carriers

„Delphine“ and „Celine“. In the beginning

of 2019 the next generation of RoRo vessel

entered the market by „Laureline“ type.

Another three RoRos of this type from

Hyunday Mipo yard (Ulsan South Korea)

will follow: “Ysaline”, “Sixtine” and “Hermine”.

These new vessels are also designed

for direct sailing to continental Europe

that avoids the UK “landbridge”. The new

type has a capacity of 5,400 lane meters.

CLdN increased capacity on the young

route between Zeebrugge and Santander

by 50% now three vessels will serve the

Port of Dublin

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route „Caroline Russ“, „Severine“ and the

new „Laureline“.

CLdN offers a combined traffic for loads

from Scandinavia via Zeebrügge to Spain

and also for cargo, which moved from land

to sea. A higher demand for these transports

are the base also for the line to

Portugal (Leixoes) from Rotterdam offers

three departures per week. In the last three

years Cobelfret built up a strong connection

between central Europe and the Iberian

Peninsula. In port of Zeebrugge the activities

are divided in two port areas, all loads

to UK will be checked and load via Britannia

berth and all loads to Spain and Scandinavia

and Ireland via Albert II berth.

CLdN is ready for a smooth Brexit service

but no body knows what will happen this

year with UK. Cobelfret is flexible and

offers fast and reliable solutions.

Peter Therkildsen

The first Danish E Ferry „Ellen“ will serve the island Aerö.

NEW E FERRY “AERÖ“

The E-Ferry Project (Prototype and fullscale

demonstration of next generation

100% electrically powered ferry for

passengers and vehicles), funded by the

European Commission under the Horizon

2020 Program, was launched in June 2015

.The project involves 9 partners from 5 different

European countries with each their

area of expertise. The overall objective of

E-ferry is to apply an extremely energy efficient

design concept and demonstrate a

100% electric ferry, in order to promote

ing capacity to be operated by the Breton

energy efficient, zero GHG emission and

company.

air pollution free, waterborne transportation

This

for

new

island

48,000

communities,

GT vessel has

coastal

been

zones

commissioned

and inland

in

waterways

order to cope

in

with

Europe

the growing

traffic on the Great Britain-Spain

and

beyond.

E-ferry

routes.

addresses the urgent need for reducing

She will European replace the CO“Baie de Seine” in the

fleet, which will be returned 2

emissions and air

pollution from waterborne transportation

to her owner,

by DFDS demonstrating Seaways, in the April feasibility 2019. It is of also a 100% very

electrically likely that powered, the newbuild emission will replace free, medium

chartered sized Ro-Ro ferry for ship passengers MN Pelican, and whose cars,

the

trucks charter and has recently cargo relevant been extended to island until

communities, 2019 in order to coastal provide zones additional and freightcapacity

on The the Spain vessel - Great with name Britain „Ellen“ route,

inland

waterways.

will using be Poole based on as her a newly U.K developed, port. Until ener-

the

gy efficient design concept and demonstrated

in full-scale operation on longer

distances than previously seen for electric

drive train ferries, i.e. the medium range

connections Soeby-Fynshav return

(2×10.7 Nm) and Soeby-Faaborg return

(2×9.6 Nm) in the Danish part of the Baltic

Sea, connecting the island of Aeroe (Ærø)

to the mainland. This is more than 7 times

longer than the current record of 3 Nm.

The 100% electrically powered Ro-Pax

ferry, E-Ferry, has been designed with the

capacity to carry 31 cars or 5 trucks on

open deck and an amount of passengers

accounting to 147 during winter and 196

during the summer. Charging will only be

carried out in the island of Ærø, and in the

high season the vessel has three 22 minutes

breaks and three 32 minutes per day, as

well as a 40-minute lunch break. In addition,

a slow charging of 7.5 hours is carried

out The Connemara during the operates night. from Cork to Spain

Ellen has a lenght of 59.4 meters and a

width delivery of of 13.4 the with new a top ships speed is complete, of 15 knots. the

But “Etretat”, the service also chartered speed will from be 13 Stena knots Line, by

two is likely engines to remain with in total the fleet. 4.3 Mwh. The

Foto: Brittany Ferries

construction needed over 48 month but

the innovative ferry is in her final test trails

and will start service in summer 2019.

ECKERÖ

Eckerö invest in more tonnage

Finnish shipping company Eckerö Line

has announced that it has signed a preliminary

contract for a new cargo vessel to

take goods between Tallinn’s A-Terminal

The “Connemara” started operation on the

and the Port of Vuosaari in Finland

new mid-week Cork-Roscoff crossing in

starting in June 2019. The news sparked a

reaction

May to provide

from

new

Eckerö’s

short-sea

Estonian

travel possibilities

to

competitor

Tallink

Ireland

that

from

said

France.

it expects

The newly

equal

treatment

chartered Visentini

from Port

built

of Tallinn

Ro-Pax vessel

in that

also

its

cargo

operates

ferry

a

Sea

new

Wind

twice-weekly

could also dock

service

at

between Cork and Santander, in order to

address a growing need. The “Connemara”

operates on one of the most popular ser -

vices for Brittany Ferries, which attracted

more than 80, 000 passengers each year.

The vessel is a sister-ship to the “Etretat”

and was previously known as “Asterion”

and operated between Venice and Patras.

Before that the ship was LD Lines’ Norman

Low emission by wind power and an autonomous project for Fargen Fano ferry

The new Cargo Line FINBO of Eckerö.

Fotos: Faergen, Viking Line, Eckerö Line

Eckerö Linien

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the A-Terminal. The new vessel „Euro pean

Endeavour“ was purchased from P&O

Ferries. The RoPax was built 2000 in Spain

by Izar yard Seville served the route

between Dublin to Liverpool. The

chartered RoRo „Mistral“ will continue

the route for P&O Ferries. In the last years

the traffic between Estonia and Finnalnd

increased by 4-5% every year. More capacity

is needed and Eckerö react now to get

more market shares back. The RoPax will

offer 2,100 lane meter and capacity for 200

passengers. Tallink will invest in more

tonnage the next years a sister vessel of

Megastar is ordered at Rauma Yards. the

new Eckerö vessel will create 80 new jobs

on board and additional at shore side. Actual

„European Endeavour“ has no ice

class it will be costly to add an ice class but

winter could be hard in Finalnd and a ice

class is needed. Eckerö will continue with

its night ferry „Finlandia“ service between

Helsinki west port and Tallin A terminal.

Brittany Ferries Tallink JPE

TRANSFENNICA

Transfennica succesfull with logistics

Transfennica operates very successful its

RoRo services from Lübeck Seelandkai to

Hanko; Kotka, Rauma, Paldsiki and St.

Petersburg. The port area in Lübeck got

more space by some landfill activities.

Transfennica use bigger vessels and more

LoLo facilities. The vessels „Hafnia Sea“,

„Corona Sea“ and „Bore Sea“ offer more

space than the former chartered Stena vessels.

In the last years Transfennica as part oft

he Spliethoff group developed it`s logistic

network. After closing RoRo lines to Iberian

Peninsula Transfennica offered its clients

the alternative via rail transport. Transfennica

Logistics offers a synchro- modal network

from Finland, Baltics, R ussia and the

BeNeLux to the Iberian Peninsula and vice

versa. Whether by short-sea, road or by rail.

Tranfennica Logistics offers own blocktrains

between the Benelux and Spain additional

trailers and minivan services are part

of service portfolio. With this divided strategy

Transfennica follows another way to offer

a very environmental friendly connection

to South Europe.

TALLINK

Tallink 30 years and new vessel ordered

On 12 May 2019 Tallink celebrated its 30th

anniversary of establishment. Over the

decades, Tallink which started with a

single passenger ship operating the

Tallinn-Helsinki route, has increased its

volume of passengers by almost 60 times

and become the largest shipping company

in the Baltic Sea region contributing

directly into the Estonian economy 1.2 per

cent of the Estonia’s annual gross domestic

product (GDP) per year.

“Tallink, founded in 1989, has grown from

an Estonian-Finnish joint enterprise with

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a single passenger ship into the shipping

group it is today, uniting the people of

Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Latvia as

well as the economies of our countries by

sea,” Paavo Nõgene, Chairman of the

Board of Tallink Grupp said. “To mark this

occasion, this Sunday, we will celebrate the

anniversary on our Tallink branded ships

with special surprises for our customers.”

New vessel ordered in Rauma

AS Tallink Grupp and Rauma Marine

Constructions (RMC) signed in Marc 2019

the contract for the construction of a new

LNG-powered fast ferry for the Tallinn –

Helsinki route shuttle operations. Similarly

to the group’s newest vessel Megastar,

the new shuttle ferry will also be dual fuel

operated, its overall length will be approximately

212 metres and it will be able to

carry 2,800 passengers. The vessel will cost

approximately 250 million euros and it will

be built at the Rauma shipyard in Finland,

providing approximately 1,500 man-years

of employment for the shipyard. The delivery

of the vessel is expected in January

2022.

Cargo transport increase –

office in Poland

Tallink’s cargo business has seen steady

growth across all the group’s routes in recent

years as the company provides cargo transportation

onboard all its passenger vessels

as well as two dedicated cargo vessels and is

thus an essential part of the regional transport

infrastructure. The move for registering

an office in Poland comes as part of the

company’s desire to grow cargo operations

in Central Europe. Tallink will be more

active in sales process at the Polish cargo

market to offer ist services as alternative to

existing Baltic routes.

BRITTANY FERRIES

In 2018 the company carried 2.6 million

passengers on all routes last year, an increase

of 1.4 percent. It made a profit of

€8 million on a total turnover of €442m.

The encouraging results come despite the

pound being worth around 15 percent less

than it was two years ago. That has proved

challenging for a company whose income

Hornfleur will start service end of this year.

Britanny Ferries

is generated in pounds sterling, with a

cost-base in euros. Further challenges have

come from on-going Brexit uncertainty

and the effect this is having on summer

2019 bookings.

Brittany Ferries is a French company. But

its success is largely built on British customers.

In total, 85 percent of passengers

come from the UK. It has therefore used its

2018 results to reinforce an important

message to French government: take

urgent steps to ensure British holiday

makers and freight move freely. The

regio ns of north west France depend upo n

Brittany Ferries as a significant wealth

generator.

New vessels from Flensburg and China

Four new ships have been ordered

post-Brexit, following an investment of

€550m in the company’s future. Three of

these ships will be powered by LNG

(liquefied natural gas), a fuel that reduces

sulphur and particulate emissions to

almost zero and cuts average CO 2

(carbon

dioxide) output by around 20 percent.

With a little delay it is planned end of the

year 2019 to take over RoPax „Honfleur“.

Flensburg shipyard had some financial

setbacks but now the contsruction is on its

way. „Hornfleur“ will be the first ferry on

the English Channel to be powered by

LNG. As well as her environmental

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cre dentials, she will also embody the

company’s drive towards a digital future

and ambition to reveal even more fabulous

destinations around the coastlines of the

European west.

The first in China build E-Flexer type

Ropax will be set as „Galicia“ in 2021 into

service followed by „Salamanca“ in 2022.

The charter agreement, which includes an

option to purchase, represents the next

step in a fleet renewal and investment programme.

It will offer increased capacity

and comfort for customers as well as

employment of French seafarers. Brittany

Ferries is proud to be the largest employer

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renewal and a more sustainable future.

HOGIA

Hogia growth with ferry system

For the third year in a row, Swedish IT

company Hogia has had a record year:

Sales increased from SEK 565 million to

SEK 605 million. For the 10th consecutive

year employees numbers increased by 25

people bringing the company total to 675.

Net profit rose from 34 to SEK 36 million,

which is a profit margin of 6%, says Bert-

Inge Hogsved, Hogia’s founder and CEO.

Lübeck

Forsea

The business area with the greatest growth

in 2018 was the transport sector. Today,

this business sector accounts for 30% of

the Hogia Group’s total revenue. The fastest

sales growth being Hogia Ferry Systems

with its bookit system. “Ferries is our most

international transport branch with ferry

operators using our systems right around

the world,” says Bert-Inge Hogsved.

Bookit Browserless

Today BOOKIT is launched via Internet

Explorer, a good solution back in 2002

when we first started developing BOOKIT

but not really optimal in 2019. So, we are

happy to announce that BOOKIT will

become an APP, or it will be launched via

an app. The development will be finalised

during the summer and be part of the

2019-R3 release.

FOR4SEA –

NEW NAME AT THE ÖRESUND

In Q4 2018, ForSea inaugurated the two

ferries “Aurora” and “Tycho Brahe” as the

World’s largest battery-powered passenger

ferries. Simultaneously, the ForSea brand

was launched, and the introduction of

battery-powered combined with the name

change contributed significantly to an

increase in the number of leisure passengers

in the quarter. While the number of

transported cars declined moderately, the

strong growth in the number of transported

trucks continued.

– The number of transported trucks increased

by almost 2% in Q4 to 112,000

(2017: 109,000).

– The number of departures was 12,300 –

slightly above the Q4 2017 level. Precision

was very high, and capacity utilization

on the car deck was almost on par

with Q4 2017 despite a 3% increase in

total capacity following the expansion of

Hamlet’s sail plan.

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Shaping Baltic Shipments

– ForSea transported 260,000 cars in Q4

2018 (2017: 265,000), corresponding to

a decline of 2%, while the total number

of passengers increased to 1.5 million in

Q4 2018 (2017: 1.44 million). The increase

was mainly attributable to the

many activities that have attracted an increasing

number of leisure passengers

until and following the change of the

route’s brand to ForSea.

The link between Helsingborg and

Helsingör has a fruitful future and is the

leading ferry connection with lowest emission

production.

TERBERG TUGMASTER

The Dutch family driven manufacturer of

tugmaster and special terminal tractors

and logistic equipment recognized in the

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more cargo in roro handling on board and

turnaround time could be reduced by 25%.

The new sales office of Movella in Northgermany

runs by Stefan Langbehn,

who still sells Terberg machines to his

clients.

Terberg

Movella in co-operation with Trans Cargo Lifter

delivered a heavy duty S4-translifter to LHG in

port of Lübeck for SECU-box handling.

last years a strong growth. The clients ask

more and more terminal tractors and body

carriers. Terberg launched four years ago

the first full electric driven tugmaster for

terminal operations. Another project are

the complete autonomous driven tractors.

First installation is very successful. Terberg

believe in the next years we will see more

terminal vehicles driven by robotic systems.

Terberg introduced a new warehouse for

spare part logistics at head office Benshop.

Movella from Finland

Some of Terbergs clients use also special

translifter and cassette loader. The finish

company Movella offers theses solutions.

In the port of Lübeck new cassette mover

where positioned. Movella systems move

Terberg

CARUS

Carus assists seamless transfer of vital

systems to Iceland’s new ferry operator

Carus has enjoyed working closely with

the outgoing operator (Eimskip) since the

Carus reservation system replaced a homegrown

system 8 years ago and, while we are

of course sad to have to end that relationship,

we are excited about working with

the municipality of Vestmannaeyjar and

helping them to establish themselves on

this high frequency route serving Iceland’s

Westman Islands from Landeyjahöfn

Harbor and Thorlakshöfn Harbor on the

Icelandic mainland. The route will shortly

also receive the newly built ‘Herjolfur II’

which will replace the 1992 built ‘Herjolfur’.

The proven combination of digital and

home printed tickets coupled with the

Carus mobile Wi-Fi boarding tools will be

transferred to the new operator and will

continue to ensure that passengers have

the most efficient and enjoyable boarding

experience while allowing the carrier to

Our port is being expanded

with two brand new ferry berths and

the harbor area is increasing by about

300.000 m². This provides enough room for

ferries with around 4 km capacity; an

increase of almost 100%. This expansion is

a natural step because we have made

great progress with new records several

years in a row. 2018 was no exception:

the freight volume increased by 3.3%,

the number of passenger cars by 1.8%,

the quantity of trucks by a full 7% and

passenger numbers by 1.3%, giving a total

of 2 209 706 passengers. A big step

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The new catamaran Rüm Hart in his home port

Wyk auf Föhr.

streamline procedures and optimize staffing

levels at the port.

As Carus Sales Director John Bertell explains

“We operate a policy of maintaining

a single version of our software product

with two major releases to all our clients

every year which means that Vestmannaeyjar

will be receiving all the latest features for

the elements of the Carus ecosystem that

will be deployed, including a new version of

the ecommerce booking module.”

WDR

„Setting up a ferry operation from scratch

and managing the planning of a new vessel

is a challenging task, but the support

from the experienced Carus team has

helped us a lot in making sure that we have

the right IT tools available for reservations

and ticketing, just in time for our take-over

of the operations”, says Guðbjartur Ellert

Jonsson, MD of the new ferry operation.

Vestmannaeyjar municipality commenced

operating the service on 30th March 2019

and offer seven daily return trips on the

Herjólfur II which makes the crossing in

approximately 35 minutes and carries up

to 550 passengers and 75 vehicles.

WDR

The new Catamaran „Adler Rüm hart“ entered

its servcie at 15 of May . The vessel

has a high quality and will push the day

visitor business in the North Frisian Island

region.


BOWSPIRIT KIDS

Michael Speckenbach from Lübeck,

created a wonderful concept for children

please support his idea: Wouldn‘t it be

great if there was a place where sick and

traumatised children could go to relax and

unwind? Where the seriousness of the

disease and the worries of family and

friends could be forgotten for a time? A

place where it doesn‘t matter where you

come from, but who you are.

We are creating exactly such a place: A floating

holiday and recreation camp for sick

and traumatised children. A ship that can

also be used for maritime adventure-based

and experiential learning programmes for

kids to discover and explore the ocean.

The name Bowspirit Kids expresses this

place. It is an idea that will become a great

one if you help out now. More information

at the webpage:

www.bowspirit-kids-group.org JPE

Bowspirit Kids

More visitors for Gotland

Island Gotland is a wonderful destination in Sweden. In the last years the traffic volumes increased and now

the new LNG ferry “Visborg” with more capacity started its service. RoPax talked with the managing director

of Destination Gotland, Christer Bruzelius about the activities of the company.

RoPax: How was the development of

Gotland`s traffic in the last years and from

where come the visitors?

Christer Bruzelius: In the last years we

recognized a continues growth in passenger

traffic from 2016 till 2018. With the

new vessels we will offer more capacity and

more departures on Saturdays, Sundays

and Mondays. These days have a higher

demand for passenger traffic. We see more

visitors coming to Gotland. From 2003

until today volumes of islanders travelers

are doubled. We have more weekend commuters.

Visitors are coming from Stockholm

area also from Skåne and around

from Västervik. Gotland is a very attractive

island. International we have many

visitors from Germany, Norway and

Denmark. We see more potential to

generate more visitors from Germany.

We will operate from spring time until end

of September with three fast RoPax

vessels and one HSC and in the off season

with two fast RoPax vessels.

RoPax: In Germany you work with Ferry

Experts together?

Christer Bruzelius: Yes they have a sales

contract with us and sale also packages and

combi tickets with Stena, TT Line or Scandlines.

They offer German and continental

travelers complete packages for a trip to

Gotland.

“International

we have many visitors

from Germany, Norway

and Denmark. ”

RoPax: You relaunched the old line between

Västervik and Visby, in the main

season you are operating from three ports

from the Swedish mainland. Is this a fruitful

operation?

Christer Bruzelius, Destination Gotland

Christer Bruzelius: This was an old line

which we served until the eighties. We

came back two years ago and we saw a

demand and got good traffic figures. It is a

summer connection in the high season.

Passengers can combine the line with our

line to Oskarshamn. We believe to get new

visitors from Västervik area for a trip to

Gotland. We operate with our HSC vessel

“Gotlandia II” at this line.

RoPax: Thank you very much.

Destination Gotland

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Grimaldi

Hoover of the sea!

The Grimaldi Group, with its strong brands Grimaldi Lines, Finnlines, Minoan Lines, Malta Motorways of the

Sea and ACL (Atlantic Container Line), recorded a good result in 2018. The family company works hard on

the development of its fleet to be one of the greenest RoRo and RoPax operators in the world. RoPax spoke

with Dr Emanuele Grimaldi about the future and the next developments. He, together with his brother

Gianluca, is the leader of the group and the driver for new propulsion systems and energy savings. The group

has currently 18 newbuilding projects and more will come. One project of Dr. Grimaldi is also to clean the sea

from micro plastic and heavy metals.

RoPax: How was the year 2018 for the

Grimaldi Group?

Emanuele Grimaldi: It was a good year, in

line with our expectations. We had a

5-10% net profit on our turnover.

RoPax: Where are the challenges and

opportunities in the next years? For

Grimaldi Group and for the RoRo and

RoPax shipping industry?

Emanuele Grimaldi: The year 2019 will be

similar to 2018 and 2017, and is in line

with our expectations. We are investing

very heavily to prepare ourselves for the

0.5% sulphur regulation which will enter

into force on 01.01.2020. It will be a preparation

year.

We are doing a lot of retrofit and other

investments. A part of these investments is

in new scrubbers and another one in new

ships and new technologies. But we have

done this for many many years. In the last

few years we have lengthened six RoRo

vessels which belong to Finnlines. This

year we are lengthening the two vessels

“Cruise Roma” and “Cruise Barcelona”.

We have currently 18 ships under construction.

We have received four PCTCs

and we will receive another 6 ones plus 12

Emanuele Grimaldi

JPE

new RoRo vessels. Very soon we will order

the Superstar Class vessels to replace the

older units of the Hansa type which are

sailing for Finnlines.

RoPax: What is so special about the new

Superstar vessels?

Emanuele Grimaldi: These new ro/pax

vessels will have less fuel consumption,

produce less emissions and have a bigger

capacity for trucks, cars and passengers. It

will be a very beautiful ship type but I am

still working on this project. It will sail

between Travemünde and Malmö or

between Naantali (Finland) and Kapelskär

(Sweden). These vessels will produce zero

emission when they are at berth.

RoPax: You are very active in developing

energy saving systems and using modern

propulsion systems. In which systems will

you invest in the future? Perhaps in a

Flettner rotor?

Emanuele Grimaldi: I looked in it and

the saving of such a system is very low. The

saving was calculated with 5% but, in so

me cases, it generated only 2%. We will

not invest in such a system. We can generate

more savings with better propell ers or

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Grimaldi

JPE

Grimaldi

Hafenrundschau Lübeck

Travemünde – Malmö traffic is very successful.

rudders. From the silicone paints we

can save up to 10% energy. I made my

studies and on our vessels we have solar

panels for heating the water. We installed

led lights and air detectors which only run

when the air quality is bad and not the

whole time.

On the shore side, we are also working to

find solutions to save energy. For example,

we will use the first hydrogen tugmaster in

the world at our terminal in Valencia.

RoPax: Do you work on a propulsion

system with hydrogen power for your

vessels?

Emanuele Grimaldi: Not yet. But even if

you do that the hydrogen system must be

connected to a battery. Today all alternative

systems are complicated. But I

believe the biggest improve we will get in

the next years will come from batteries.

The automotive industry will dictate it

as they invest heavily in this alternative

energy source.

In the next years we will see a lot of changes

and developments also in digitalization.

From our side we will digitalize our routes.

Today we monitor all our vessels. Our

technical department can see all consumptions

and activities of the vessels. We have

in our Naples head office our own simulator

where we train all our captains to

operate the vessels in the right way.

Lübecker Hafenrundschau

RoPax: If we look into the lengthening of

the “Cruise Roma” you will sail with the

same engine but you have much more

capacity. How will the rentability quote for

the vessel be in the future?

Emanuele Grimaldi: The competition is

there and prices will not go up, while we

invest 50 million Euro into the lengthening

of each vessel, including the new battery

capacity of 5 megawatt. We will generate

the energy for the battery by one shaft

generator on board to stay four hours in

the port without auxiliary engine or cold

“We are working on a

concept together with

the university of Naples

to install in the scrubber

system very special

constructed filter to clean

the water from micro

plastic and heavy metals.”

ironing. At sea we produce so much energy

with the other shaft to generate the

power for the public areas. We do not need

auxiliary engines and they will there but

only on stand-by. We take the peak power

from the shaft.

Additionally on the “Cruise Roma” and

“Cruise Barcelona” we are installing scrubbers.

RoPax: LNG is no solution for Grimaldi

today?

Emanuele Grimaldi: We checked it and it

is not competitive because we see that dual

fuel engines have 10% less efficiency and

you need to install two tank systems. With

dual fuel systems you have less efficiency in

space and we need space for the cargo

in our vessels. LNG is also producing emissions

and it is not a valid alternative for the

concept we are following.

I have another dream to use the scrubber

systems as a cleaning system for the sea.

Every scrubber is pulling 2,000 tons of

water in and out per hour. This could be

50,000 tons of water per day to clean the

emissions in our scrubber system. We

are working on a concept together with

the university of Naples to install in the

scrubber system very special constructed

filter to clean the water from micro plastic

and heavy metals. If we find there a

solution our fleet of 70 vessels could clean

about 3.5 million tonnes of water every

day, in the Baltic, North and Mediterranean

Sea.

I told this story to my colleagues in the

European Community Shipowners Association

and one of them told me I am a

r omantic dreamer. But I strongly believe in

this and we are working on it in a pragmatic

way. Today, instead of eating big fish

which is contaminated by heavy metals

and micro plastic, I prefer small size fish.

RoPax: This should be a better solution

that to spend a lot of money for these new

The Scandinavien dock Travemünde

Lübecker Hafenrundschau

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be shipped to and from the UK. In the

short term, bottlenecks will be produced

in ports and on the hinterland connections.

The RoRo Eurocargo type of Grimaldi group operates very efficient and successful in the Med.

JPE

RoPax: How is the development of your

traffic between Spain and Italy? With the

lengthened ships you offer more space.

Emanuele Grimaldi: We take more and

more cargo from the roads to our vessels.

We had over 100.000 passengers from

Spain to Sardinia last year, a proof that the

connection between Barcelona and Porto

Torres is a success.

We also increased our market share on the

routes between Continental Italy and

Sardinia, reaching today a cargo coverage

of 55%. We started three years ago with

our traffic and we reached this leading

position. In Sicily too we could increase

our market share.

cleaning systems which they will install

at sea.

Emanuele Grimaldi: We will work on this

also together with universities from the

USA. We will operate the “Hoover” of the

sea. We are starting this project and we will

come out with a solution to clean the sea.

Today we are looking for the right filter

system. If we use 2,000 vessels of the world

merchant fleet we can clean the oceans!

The scrubber technology is today only 10

years old but, if we look into the future,

the scrubber technology will be further

developed.

RoPax: As a shipowner you are doing

much more than others to solve the problem

of emissions.

Emanuele Grimaldi: Yes, the climate

change is on top of our agenda. We have to

solve this. That is why we believe in the

development of batteries. The batteries

which we ordered for the lengthening of

the two Cruise ferries are costing today

half the price compared to when we

ordered them. We need to develop the

battery system and the cost will be half in

the future by using alternative materials.

The battery is the catalysator of the future.

For all alternative power systems you need

energy storage.

ACL ConRos are all 5 in service.

Port of Hamburg

RoPax: If we look to the Baltic there is a

market with a 10% increase of freight

volumes every year between Poland and

Sweden.

Emanuele Grimaldi: Yes, we have an eye

on it but it is a little bit strange that most of

the business is covered by two Statecontrolled

companies. We are looking at

cooperation agreements and we are open

to any privatization process. But today we

have no vessels to enter the market.

“The climate change is

on top of our agenda.

We have to solve this.

That is why we believe

in the development

of batteries.”

RoPax: How do you see the port of Travemünde

as a bigger hub for multimodal

traffic in the future?

Emanuele Grimaldi: Travemünde or

better the LHG must invest as they cannot

fulfill today the market volume. We can do

more at our line between Malmö and

Travemünde. However, today we have not

available ships.

RoPax: Is Brexit an issue for your business?

Emanuele Grimaldi: No, with Finnlines

we have twice per week departures from

and to the UK but we are prepared and I

see no big problems as we have enough

space and we will cover the customs clearance

time. When Brexit becomes a reality

we will see a decrease of goods which will

Festos Palace of Minoan Lines scrubber installation

RoPax: Your trade between Barcelona and

Civitavecchia is a success story because

you have often fully booked vessels with

passengers.

Emanuele Grimaldi: This line is very

seasonal and suffers from the competition

from airlines. We manage to reach interesting

numbers only in August.

With the lengthening programme of the

Cruise ferries, on each vessel we can take

50 trucks, 90 accompanying cars and 500

passengers more. The first departure of the

lengthened “Cruise Roma” was fully

booked with trucks.

With regards to passengers we hope to

attract more numbers. We already have

some new groups on board and with the

new capacity we can transport 3,500

passengers, most of them in pullman seats.

We have also installed in the added part a

huge fast food restaurant to offer passengers

a good and economically convenient

solution.

RoPax: Are you also planning the lengthening

of the sister vessels of Minoan Lines?

Emanuele Grimaldi: No we have to check

the capacity in the Greek ports served and

if their berths can accommodate this size

of vessel.

RoPax: What do you think about the concept

to offer to your clients not only the

sailing between ports but also a solution

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from hinterland terminal to terminal

through a multimodal solution?

Emanuele Grimaldi: That would mean

that you compete with your clients to offer

cargo space with own trailers or containers.

I would not feel comfortable if, as a

trucking or a logistics company, my sea

carrier offered the same solution.

We will not compete with my clients. We

Grimaldi

First Impression of the new Superstar RoPax

“We were asked sometimes

to buy a logistics company

but we decided not to step

into our clients’ business.”

were asked sometimes to buy a logistics

company but we decided not to step into

our clients’ business.

RoPax: How do you see the future development

of cargo flows in the Mediterranean,

from North Africa and Turkey to

Europe?

Emanuele Grimaldi: The question is: do

we need to install factories in these countries

to produce goods for Europe? We see

that delocalization is stopped. If you look

at the automotive sector, today you can

build a car by robotic and in the future an

electric car will need less parts and less

work capacity to be manufactured. We see

changes and this could also affect the

transport volumes in the future. If you

work with robots you need only super

talented engineers but no cheap personnel.

RoPax: How are your activities in Greece?

Emanuele Grimaldi: We are strengthening

our sister company Minoan Lines but

we are looking also to take over a com pany

as we are operating in a strong comp etitive

market.

Currently, we are investing also in scrubbers

on the Minoan vessels which today

sail between Piraeus and Chania and between

Piraeus and Heraklion. Moreover,

we operate our fast ferry “Santorini Palace”

out of Heraklion to the Cyclades islands

like Santorini, Mykonos, Ios and Paros.

RoPax: If we look to digitalization do you

think that your vessels will sail in some

years autonomous?

Emanuele Grimaldi: I think the legislation

is not ready yet. It is a question of responsibility

if something happens and persons

are injured. We need to change the

legis lation and the code of navigation.

Having said this, with the next type of

vessel we order we will study the possibility

to berth automatically. If you sail

the same route every day and if you can

push the button in order to berth automatically

it will be safer than today. I think

we need some time because the autonomous

car is not ready.

RoPax: Thank you very much for the

conversation. JPE


DIREKT AUS EINER HAND

+ Direkte Verbindung

Optimale Lage zwischen den

Ostsee-Ländern, Hamburg,

Süd- und Mitteleuropa.

+ Direkter Transport

Direkte Autobahn-, Schienen- und

Binnenwasserstraßen-Anbindung für

effiziente Intermodale Logistik.

+ Direkter Kontakt

Un ab hängig und inhabergeführter

Hafenbetrieb.

Alles aus einer Hand.

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Visborg

First LNG for Gotland


JPE


22 / NEWBUILDING

JPE

The “M/S Visborg” is the new LNGpowered

Gotland ferry from Destination

Gotland, a subsidiary of Rederi

Gotland AB. The ship was delivered in

December 2018 from the Guangzhou

Shipyard International (GSI) in China.

In March 2019 this modern and sleek

new ferry entered service between mainland

Sweden and the island of Gotland.

The SF 1650 series RoPax has capacity for

1,650 passengers, 1650 lane metres for

freight or space for 500 cars. There are

also 98 passenger cabins on board.

The Swedish -flagged Ro-Pax was ordered

in 2014 by the oldest Swedish passenger

shipping company, founded 1865. The

project represented a big step forward into

a new area of high specification and technical

ship construction for the Chinese

shipbuilding industry. The requirements of

a dual-fuel propulsion system created an

extended delivery time as the Chinese

shipyard was still new to this technology.

Originally planned for delivery in 2017,

the vessel entered service one year later.

Rederi Gotland ordered a second vessel,

the “Thjelvar,” which will be delivered

from the yard later this year.

Rederi AB Gotland is popular in the ferry

scene for its innovation in ordering ferries

120%

115%

110%

105%

100%

95%

90%

2009-2018

at yards with less experience in building

RoPax ferries, but at good prices. In the

nineties the former “Gotland” was ordered

in Indonesia and also needed a prolonged

construction period. This vessel has been

very successful and remains in operation

for Polferries as the “Mazovia.” The existing

SF 1500 series fast RoPax ships “Gotland”

and “Visby” where the first newbuildings

from GSI, ordered in 1999 and

successfully delivered in 2003. Both vessels

still offer very good quality and high

performance in operation some 15 years

l ater. The concept of these conventional

ferries was the base for the new “Visborg”

but with some optimisation that has produced

a positive result in terms of less

consumption. The service speed for the

NynäshamVisby route is calculated at

27-28 knots.

Passengers Vehicles Freight

850 210

554 507

1 766 730

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Diagramm from Destination Gotland

The main development of this new generation

of RoPax is the propulsion system.

Four Wärtsilä 12V50DF type main engines

and four Wärtsilä auxiliary engines are

installed. These have dual fuel capability so

can operate on LNG or MGO and, in the

future, it will be possible to also use bio gas

preferably from Gotland. Using LNG

means that the CO2 emissions decrease by

about 20 per cent and sulphur emissions

by about 99 per cent. Other energy efficiency

improvements on board include

better hull design and the cooling water

from the LNG supply is recycled to the

ship’s climate systems. During 2019, shore

power will also be installed at Visby

harbour, which will further reduce CO 2

emissions.

The powerful “Visborg” takes only 3 hours

and 25 minutes to complete the voyage

between Visby and Nynäsham. With an

LNG fuel capacity of 570 cubic metres the

ship can sail about 10 single trips at service

speed. Additionally, the ship has a 400 cubic

metre capacity for MGO, but Marine Gas

Oil is only needed for the engine starting sequence

before LNG enters the engines.

The Captain is most satisfied with the new

vessel and the quality of the steel work.

Also, operation in harsh weather conditions

is made easy by two bow thruster

units and a main engine power output of

46,800kw. The machinery spaces are very

clean, well-organised and, interestingly,

the auxiliary engines are located in

between the main engines in two selfcontained

engine rooms. The bridge

design and supply of navigation equipment

was handled by Sam Electronics

from Germany (now part of Wärtsilä

group). The ship is operated by Swedish

crewmembers because the ferry operates

on a domestic route and is subject to a tenyear

contract with the Swedish ministry of

transport.

LNG FROM BUNKER VESSEL “KAIROS”

Hamburg-based Nauticor, a unit of Linde,

operates the world’s largest LNG bunker

vessel, the 7,500-cbm capacity “Kairos.”

This brand-new tanker delivers the LNG at

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seating. A kiosk is provided here, located

between the Radar and LNG vent/funnel.

The floor and wall covering design

throughout the vessel is of typical stones

from the island of Gotland. The on-board

shop sells Gotland specialties such as local

meat and ice cream.

the port of Visby whilst moored alongside

the “Visborg.” Other LNG vessels can also

use Visby as a bunker call. Nauticor chartered

the “Kairos” from her owner, Babcock

Schulte Energy, via the joint venture Blue

LNG where Nauticor has a 90 percent share

and Lithuanian energy infrastructure provider

KN (Klaipedos Nafta) has a 10 percent

share. However, in May 2019 KN agreed to

sell its 10 percent share to Nauticor.

FRESH DESIGN FROM GOTLAND

The “Visborg” was designed by OSK Ship-

Tech of Denmark with Figura Arkitekter

carrying out the restaurant area. The onboard

concept has been enhanced on the

new vessel and there is a special dog saloon

for passengers travelling with their pets.

The main cafeteria on deck 7 offers all

kinds of typically Swedish dishes plus there

is also a small coffee shop that remains

open throughout the duration of the crossing.

Situated forward on both decks 7 and

8 are large Pullman seats lounges that offer

a wonderful outlook over the bow. The

inside/outside passenger cabins are located

mid-ships on deck 8 whilst on deck 10

there is a wonderful outside area with

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INCREASING TRAFFIC

The traffic to and from Gotland has increased

in recent years. More tourists are

visiting the island and now around 1.75

million passengers travel with the traffic

per annum. In the coming years or so

Destination Gotland target to increase to

more than 2 million passengers per

annum. Destination Gotland will be well

prepared for this summer to offer a

first-class service with a fleet consisting of

two 1,500 passenger capacity fast conventional

vessel and one new 1,650 passenger

capacity/LNG powered fast conventional

ferries operating to Oskarshamn and

Nynäshamn services. The highspeed ferry

“Gotlandia II” will also operate Västervik-Visby

during the peak season.

(see interview with MD Christer Bruzelius

on page 14)


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24 / DATA SHEET

Visborg

Destination Gotland

VISBORG DATA SHEET

Owner:

Gotland Rederi AB, Hamngatan 1, SE-621 57 Visby,

Sweden

Operator: Destination Gotland AB

Korsgatan 2, PO Box 1234, SE-621 23 Visby, Sweden

Yard:

Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI)

Location: Guangzhou China

Yard No.: 14121001

IMO No.: 9763655

Ship Type: Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship

Classification: 1A1 Car ferry A BIS COMF(C-1, V-2) E0 Gas fuelled

Ice(1A) LCS(DC) NAUT(AW) TMON(oil lubricated)

Flag:

Sweden

Port of Registry: Visby

Launched: 18th November 2016

Date of delivery: 14th December 2018

Route(s) Served: Gotland Ferry Services

PASSENGER CAPACITIES

Total capacity: 1,650 passengers

Facilities: Restaurant seats 318

Accommodation: Lounge seats 1658

Cabins: 98

Beds: 222

Crew: 80

PROPULSION

Main engines: 4x W12V50DF, Wärtsilä Italia S.p.A.

Total Power Output: 46 800 Kw

Main Generators: Wärtsilä 9L20DF, Wärtsilä Finland Oy

Shaft Generator: KTA50-D(M) Cummins Inc.

Fuel:

LNG / MDO

Fuel Consumption: N/A

Range:

6500 nautical miles

Gear boxes: NDSHL-2400 - Renk Aktiengesellschaft

Propellers: 2x Contrallable Pitch - Wartsila

Thrusters: CT250M Wartsila

Stabilisers: Yes

Service speed: 28.5 knots 85% MCR

PRINCIPAL DIMENSIONS

Length overall: 199.99 m

Length b.p.: 183.60 m

Beam (Extreme): 31.20 m

Beam:

25.20 m

Hull depth: 9.30 m

Hull Draught: 6.415 m

Freeboard: N/A

Deadweight: 4,636 DWT

Gross tonnage: 32,447 GT

Net tonnage: 11,312 NT

CARGO ACCESS

Stern Access: Yes

Length: N/A

Width:

N/A

Internal ramp(s): N/A

Deckload: N/A

Lane width: N/A

REMARKS

Ordered: 23rd June 2014

Keel Laid: 10th December 2015

Anchor Chain Length: 605m

Ballast Capacity: 2087.1 m3

Named 9th December 2018 in Guangzhou City, capital of south China’s Guangdong Province.

The Visborg is the first of two sister ferries being built for the Swedish ferry company.

Both will be powered by Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines running on LNG.

When delivered, the Visborg and her sistership will be the world’s fastest LNG powered

Ro-Pax ferries, according to both Wartsila and Rederi AB Gotland.

CAPACITY OF DECKS Deck-area in sqm Deck Free Height (Net) Deckload (ton / sqm) Cars Truck Lanemetres Deck Lanemetres

Tank top: N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Main Deck: N/A 4.95 N/A 260 870 1.180

Mezzanine Deck: N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Upper Deck: N/A 4.90 N/A 240 875 1.130

Weather Deck: N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Total: N/A 4.95/4.90 N/A 500 1,745 2,310

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26 / INTERVIEW

Onorato Armatori Group

continue growth

The family Onorato based in Milano operates with its brands Moby Lines, Tirrenia and Toremar a fleet of over

70 RoPax and RoRo vessels from Italy to the islands Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily and Malta and with one RoPax

vessel in the Baltic between Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Russia. The family company additionally operates in

Italy in the port of Cagliari tugboats. The company expands its capacity by new routes and new RoRo vessel.

RoPax talked with Dr. Alessandro Onorato, Vice President Marketing and Sales for Moby Lines.

RoPax: Moby Lines has a long history and

the main business is the transport to islands

Sardinia, Elba, Sicily and Corsica.

But in the past years Moby or better the

Onorato Group with its brands Tirrenia

and Toremar expand on other routes

around Italy and in the Baltic Sea?

Alessandro Onorato: At the passenger

side historically the main destinations

were Sicily, Sardinia and Elba. Of course

what happened after the takeover of Tirrenia

we started to become an important

player at the cargo side. Main issue was to

vitalize the Sicily market for the cargo traffic.

Compared with Sardinia the Tirrenia

business to Sicily has much more volume.

Now the goal of the group is to become an

international player.

Onorato Familly from left to right Alessandro, Vincenzo, Achille.

Onorato Group

RoPax: If we look to your traditional shipping

family could you explain how the

story began.

Alessandro Onorato: My grand father

Achille founded the company together

with his father Vincenzo Onorato with one

sailing boat. They sailed between Naples

and Sardinia. In the second world war the

company was destroyed. Achille Onorato

rebuilt the company. In 1982 the Moby age

was started by my father, which has also

the name of his grandfather Vincenzo Onorato.

My father and grandfather operated

parallel with the companies as Moby Lines

and Navarma Lines until the early nineties.

Both companies were merged as Moby

Lines. In 1995 my father moved with the

companies head office from Elba to Milano.

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RoPax: The merge of Tirrenia and Moby is

not finalized?

Alessandro Onorato: It is not yet finalized

but the big target was to get two different

realities to one company. When Tirrenia

went private it was a huge gap in mentality

between the Tirrenia staff and the Moby

staff. The great challenge was slowly to get

people from both companies together and

to cooperate in its daily work. For example

on the sales area it was quite fast to teach

them how to sell and to use the sales instruments.

Sales people how visited every

day travel agencies started very fast to sell

all destinations of both companies. Today

the half sales volume which is handled by

Moby covers the Tirrenia network.

RoPax: Moby Lines generates more passengers

for Tirrenia ?

Alessandro Onorato: 50% from the passenger

side was generated by Moby sales

channel for Tirrenia traffic. It is not that

there was a shift from Tirrenia to Moby

we are speaking about new traffic for

Tirrenia.

RoPax: Moby is international a very

popular brand especial on the German or

better central European market. Tirrenia

as a brand was not as popular as Moby.

Everybody knows what Moby is. In the

past the blue whale at all ships and today

the nice paintings of the famous and very

popular figures of Warner Brothers

Movies.

Alessandro Onorato: Moby opened its

first sales office in Germany 20 years ago.

Tirrenia had not such a sales network like

Moby and not the communication into the

market. But in Italy Tirrenia is a strong

brand and the former company operated

international lines to North Africa from Italy

and at the Adria.

RoPax: After the Tirrenia Moby merger is

the question, do you will stay with these

two brands in the market or will you work

in the future only with Moby brand?

Alessandro Onorato: No the merge is just

on the logistic and administrative side the

two brands have a different kind of popularity.

Moby is much more international.

For example Moby is not very popular in

south Italy. On the other side Tirrenia is

very popular in south Italy. Tirrenia has a

south Mediterranean history that Moby

does not have. In the past Tirrenia offered

connection to the Balkan to Egypt, Tunisia,

Libya and to Malta .Some people still

remember the brand from the old time and

Moby doesn’t exists at that time. The two

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brands will survive they have little different

issues. The goal was to make Tirrenia

again attractive. The great job, which has

been done is to change the mentality of

people at the vessels and to improve the

catering service. We serve today the best

kind of food and the same service like Moby

has. We changed the external design of

the vessels. The target was to bring Tirennia

closer to Moby. Regarding to open new

routes at the passenger side we use Moby

as the brand and at the cargo side we use

Tirrenia. Because at the cargo side Tirrenia

is a much stronger brand compared to Moby.

We opened in 2016 the new Malta route

under Tirrenian brand to show Tirrenia is

back. The Tirrenia brand was founded in

1933 based on a decision of the state to

control the lines to Italian islands, to create

a state own company. Also the company

Adriatica Navigaziona was founded for international

operation at the Adria. The

Tirrenia brand was famous and we still

own the brand Adriatica. Sometimes I am

thinking to use it maybe for new routes.

RoPax: We want to look at the future and

we see the Tirrenia vessels will get also this

movie look with the popular figures of all

Warner Bros movies.

Alessandro Onorato: Yes we started in

2002 the cooperation with Warner Brothers.

The painting of our ferries gives our

group and also Warner Brothers a huge

impact. A big ferry changes the view over

a city. People in Genoa for example look at

our ferries to see some famous actors of

movies. The first idea was to make ferries

attractive for children our most important

clients. With Tirrenia we started to cover

the development of the past 10 years in

cinematic by the popular super heros. We

decided together with Warner Brothers to

push the super heros. But when Batman

was born one year before Tirrenia was

born!

RoPax: For this painting I think you must

invest some more money as you will use

for a boring white.

Alessandro Onorato: Yes we have some

more expenditure and we have also to pay

some license to Warner Brothers. But we

are successful with this concept. By this

concept children are pushing parents to

buy tickets of Moby and sometimes families

are fighting at the port in the high season

if the father bought a ticket of our

competitors, which have not such a concept

to entertain the children. If we look

back all started with the design of a blue

whale. Everybody started to make some

special brandings at the ferries than we decided

to go forward with a total different

design and unique ship painting.

RoPax: If we look into your new investment

in the new RoRo vessels “Alf Polack”

and “Grazia Onorato” you chartered them

on a longterm basis from Siem the former

owner of the Flensburg shipyard. Now you

have chartered out the Alfred Pollack to

DFDS . What are the plans for the other

vessel and the general planning with these

pure RoRo vessels.

Alessandro Onorato: We see a market

demand and the development of very fast

eastern Sicily cargo transport. We see on

the route to Catania a huge increase and

we opened in the last years new routes to

this destination from Genova and Naples.

Today we have a market share of 30% and

we could generate more only by higher

capacities. Yes the investment is huge but

we will get more loads and it is a strategic

development of our business.

RoPax: Your existing fleet has some very

old vessels which are in a good shape

but do you plan to invest in more new tonnage.

Alessandro Onorato: We need a lot of

time to repaint our vessels and the cost

level to maintain our older ferries on this

“The painting of our

ferries gives our group

and also Warner Brothers

a huge impact. A big

ferry changes the view

over a city.”

high standard costs more compared to

newer tonnage. Also the capacity calculation

today on a 30 year old ferry is different.

We have to calculate much more cars

like SuVs which need more space and the

new capacity of the amount of cars is lower

compared with the data from the seventies

or eighties. The average length of a car was

5 meters in the eighties now we have over

6 meters. Also the commercial push increased

if somebody had a one and half

size bed on one of our newer ferries he see

this as standard. When he is on its trip

back or on another trip and he is on an

older ferry we have only the standard beds

and then he is claiming.

The new Flensburg built „Maria Grazia Onorato“

Peter Therkildsen

Moby Wonder

RoPax: If we look at the map you have one

traffic in the Adriatic to the island Termoli

with a Tirrenia vessel. Are you planning

to enter the market in the Adria area in the

near future?

Alessandro Onorato: It is a historical

traffic. If you look back into history there

were the local operators which got the

license in one region to operate from the

main land to an island of the same region

In the Adria we have actual no plans for

expansions.

RoPax: How are you satisfied with your

operation in the Baltic between Sweden,

Finland and St Petersburg?

Alessandro Onorato: This part of our

business is what I like at most. We have an

old ferry there and we refurbished it and

now she is a young lady. We looked at our

competitors Silja and Viking and checked

what they do very good. Now we improved

our on board services and got very good

results. We changed the catering the music

service and a lot more. The business is

doing well not with an amazing result but

quite good. We are quite sure that the

market will be stabilized and we will make

some more profit in this area.

RoPax: From which countries are your

clients at the Baltic route?

Alessandro Onorato: We have mostly

Russians on board. The service was created

for Russians but the target is to get some

more Scandinavian guests on board.

Because the Scandinavian market pays

better than the Russian . This is why the

business is interesting to get the Scandinavian

Passengers on board.

RoPax: If we look at you market to the

islands Corsica and Sardinia do you look

also on the French market to operate from

there?

Alessandro Onorato: We are not interest

to operate from Marseille. The new line of

Corsica Ferries to Mallorca is interesting

and Mr Matei made a very good job to

enter here into a new market. We have an

eye on it but no activities are planned.

RoPax: Thank you very much for the

conversation.


JPE

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Andreas Vogel

Stena Line JPE

Poland – Sweden

Booming market with small ferries

Last year we analysed at the ferry operations

between Sweden and Poland.

The market recognized again an increase

of 7% in cargo transports. We reported

about new building projects of the Polish

operators Unity Line and Polferries. But

actual there is no development and the

companies concentrate on used RoPax

vessel. Polferries introduced last year the

„Nova Star“ on its line between Nynäshamn

and Gdansk. The company

purchased in the last years three RoPax

ferries with an age between 20 and 10

years. The competitor Unity Line shows

the same picture with an aging fleet.

To offer more capacity and modern

transport solutions in sequence Polish

ferry operators should invest in new and

bigger tonnage. Today between South

Sweden and Świnoujście are sailing in

total 11 ferries (3 Polferries, 7 Unity

Line, 1 TT Line). At the east sector

between Gdynia and Sweden Stena

operating four RoPax vessels.

The market will continue its growth and

more capacity by modern ferries is

required. The port of Ystad invests in

new facilities to accommodate ferries

with a length of 240 m. The Greman TT

Line ordered two new RoPax ferries with

these dimensions in China. The “Peter

Pan” after lengthening offers the required

capacities. Stena has a good plan with the

new E Flexer type for the next years to set

new ferries in its fleet. Grimaldi is looking

at this booming market and new RoPax

vessel will be ordered in the next weeks.

Port of Malmö is ready to take care for a

S 3

line to Poland. Polferries ordered in

2017 a new RoPax ferry at MRS Gryfia

Yard. But it is very quiet about this project

caused by some financial problems of the

yard. Unity Line presented two years ago

new building projects but nothing

happened.

The industry, logistic and transport

companies will follow the best route and

way. Poland will continue to construct one

of the modernist motorway systems in the

next years with a very attractive pricing.

The story for the lines from Poland to

Sweden is simple by parallel Polish

motorway from south to north as an

alternative to the existing lines at the

German motorways. The Expressway S3 is

planned to run from Świnoujście to the

border with the Czech Republic, where it

will connect to the D11 motorway. The

motorway is ready on a length of 480 km

only 68 km are under construction.

Poland has a central location from the

point of view of the upcoming cargo flows

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Lübecker Hafenrundschau JPE

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from Turkey Czech Republic, Hungary,

Bulgaria, Slovakia and Southern Europe

will use this line. This is the story for the

next years to fill up the Polish ferries. It will

be interesting if TT Line could increase

its capacities and set one of its new vessels

on the line between Świnoujście and

Trelleborg. Polferries need more time for

its first new RoPax the investment power

is limited and the big players are waiting

for a chance.

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30 / INTERVIEW

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Scandlines – Mega Green Shipping

RoPax spoke with the CEO of Scandlines, Sören Poulsgaard Jensen about the next steps to get the greenest

ferry fleet in the world. Scandlines operates six hybrid ferries on the lines between Puttgarden and Rödby and

Rostock – Gedser. The next investmenst are planned to make the vessels greener in it`s propulsion system.

Sören Poulsgaard Jensen

RoPax: Scandlines is the leading ferry

operator with the biggest “Hybrid” fleet in

the world! What are the next steps to go

forward to zero emission operation? We

saw the Flettner solution on a draft. What

comes next?

Sören Poulsgaard Jensen: Building on our

experience from the hybrid investment, we

see an opportunity to go zero emission in

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the near future. To get there we need to

ensure that our vessels are as lean as

possible on electrical consumption therefore

we are currently investing 15-20

MEUR in the vessels – largest investment

is a renewal of the propulsion system. The

new thrusters will reduce underwater

noise and air emissions in the Fehmarn

Belt significantly at the thrusters allow a

homogenous water flow, which gives less

“Building on our

experience from the

hybrid investment,

we see an opportunity

to go zero emission

in the near future.”

noise and vibration. 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 CO 2

. Please also

find attached COO Michael Guldmann

Petersen’s presentation from the Ferry

Shipping Summit in Amsterdam with

more information on the Flettner rotors

and silicone-hydrogel underwater coating.

As also mentioned at our new year’s reception

in Berlin, the EEG Umlage is a

challenge. There are right now big differences

in energy purchase in Germany and

Denmark. Cost estimate in Germany is

about EUR 0.13 and in Denmark about

EUR 0.05. EEG tax in Germany is about

EUR 0.06. Our operation today is without

„Holger Danske“ the oldest and smallest

Scandlines ferry.

JPE

RoPax 9 / 05.2019


INTERVIEW / 31

any fuel tax. A direct connection to windfarms

on Fehmarn is not allowed due to

subsidies regulations for the windfarms.

RoPax: Scandlines added an extra freight

ferry “Kronprins Frederik” at the line

between Puttgarden and Rödby. Do you

see an increase of freight volumes and how

is the reaction of your cargo clients? Do

you offer at high frequneted departures a

better flow?

Sören Poulsgaard Jensen: In 2017, Scandlines

invested around 3.5 MEUR in modifications

of the M/V Kronprins Frederik

and the berths in Puttgarden and Rødby to

allow her to act as a freight ferry on the

Puttgarden-Rødby route and as a replacement

ferry to counter potential disruption

of service arising from technical problems

or accidents. The M/V Kronprins Frederik

has capacity for 35 lorries. In 2018, our two

routes generated a strong freight volume

growth of 7 percent. M/V Kronprins

Frederik offers 3-5 departures from both

Puttgarden and Rødby Monday-Friday

with the option of adding extra departures

in case of outage of other ferries.

RoPax: Logistic networks are more and

more part of sequenced traffic for supply

chain, Scandlines ferries are today a part of

this system but how will you offer more

Our north-south routes and wind conditions are ideal for rotor sails

Our north-south routes and wind conditions are ideal for rotor sails

Preliminary investigation with study of sailing pattern

and wind conditions

Preliminary investigation with study of sailing pattern

and wind conditions

• Simulation study with current sailing pattern

• Simulation and wind conditions study with suggests current efficiency sailing pattern savings of 4-5

and percent wind (Rostock-Gedser)

conditions suggests efficiency savings of 4-5

percent (Rostock-Gedser)

• The wind conditions of the route area are good and

• the The prevailing wind conditions wind direction of the route is favourable area are good for rotor and sails

the prevailing wind direction is favourable for rotor sails

The flettner rotor project for „Berlin“ and „Copenhagen“.

frequence on your route between Gedser

and Rostock in the future? Do you have

digital projects in this case with your cargo

clients to offer guaranteed transport

time?

Sören Poulsgaard Jensen: Efforts to boost

efficiency and competitiveness continue as

we work to increase the capacity utilisation

of the relatively new hybrid ferries on the

Rostock-Gedser route. In 2017, our business

was supported by the implementation

Rotor sail:

30m Rotor high sail: and 5m diameter

30m high and 5m diameter

of a new booking system. To support and

promote the progress of our traffic machine,

we will introduce a new ERP system

in 2019. The Scandlines group will benefit

from this and optimisation efforts, ensuring

an efficient, reliable, green and highly

competitive piece of infrastructure connecting

Europe and Scandinavia.

RoPax. Thank you very much for the conversation.

JPE

Scandlines


Quick turnarounds are essential for our business. BOOKIT

has enabled us to streamline our processes with check-in

online, self-service kiosks, ANPR and speed-gates.

Iain Robertson

System and IT Manager, Destination Gotland

RoPax 9 / 05.2019


Ephesus Seaways

New Mega Ro-Ro for DFDS


JPE


34 / NEWBUILDING

JPE

The new mega RoRo Carrier of DFDS

is the first of six sister vessels ordered

from the Jingling Shipyard in China. In

March 2019 the pure RoRo freighter was

named in Istanbul by Mrs Eva Lundstedt,

wife of Volvo’s CEO Martin Lundstedt.

The huge vessel sailed under the name

“Gothia Seaways” from China to Istanbul

prior to being renamed. Originally

the ship was destined to sail between Gothenburg

and Ghent for DFDS, carrying

Volvo cars and parts. In 2018 DFDS purchased

UN RoRo with its freight network

from Turkey to the ports of Patras

(Greece), Trieste (Italy) and Toulon

(France). Today the market in this region

has a higher demand for additional cargo

space so DFDS relocated the new vessel

to its operations in the Mediterranean.

It is a tradition to christen all UN RoRo

freighters with a name from Turkish heritage.

Ephesos is a former town in Turkey

near Selçuk, which was a popular place at

the time of the Roman Empire and is

where the temple of Artemis was built.

With space for 6,700 lane metres of freight,

the Ephesus Seaways sailed on her maiden

voyage to Trieste with a full complement of

450 trailers. The second of the new mega

freight ferries will also join the Turkish

fleet when delivered in summer 2019.

The cargo is accommodated on five decks,

the uppermost being the open weather

deck extending from the bow to the

three-quarters aft superstructure. Cargo is

handled using what is described by DFDS

as a unique ramp system featuring three

independent axial ramps over the main

deck’s stern threshold and internal ramps

on each side of the ship, allowing rapid

freight exchange for fast turnaround times

in port. Only two of the three stern ramps

are usable as the berth in Trieste is too narrow

to accommodate the whole beam of

the vessel. The port authority will start a

rebuilding project in summer 2019 to provide

a berth that is wide enough for ships

of this size so that all three ramps are usable.

However, the design of the ship

means that she is very flexible and can

work using just two ramps. The turnaround

time in port is long enough to discharge

and load the vessel in 8 hours.

The sailing time between the port of Pendik

near Istanbul and Trieste is 60 hours

with an average speed of 18 knots. DFDS

JPE

ordered a class of vessel that offers very

good fuel consumption and the “Ephesus

Seaways” is fitted with two MAN eight-cylinder

S50ME-C diesels with an output of

11,800kW providing direct drive to controllable

pitch propellers for a 21-knot max

speed. The consumption is 25% lower per

trailer unit compared to the older vessels of

the “Flensburg” type.

There are two exhaust scrubbers installed

to fulfill the new emission regulations from

2020. Each driveline is fitted with an ABB

variable-frequency shaft generator, enabling

main engine revolutions to be set

optimally rather than being confined to a

certain speed range. The shaft generator

system is also compatible with shore-toship

power arrangements, allowing the

vessel to be sensitive to the local community

and environment in port by shutting

down auxiliaries. The engine control room

is located on the main deck in between the

ramps.

The ship is manned entirely by a Turkish

crew. Additionally, 12 truck drivers can be

accommodated in single cabins on board.

The route is popular with accompanied

freight and HGVs make up 35% of traffic

carried. However, due to the limit of 12

drivers, the Turkish truck drivers load

their trucks on board and are then shuttled

to the airport at Venice or Ljubljana to get

a direct flight to Istanbul. Around 60 hours

later they can collect their truck in Pendik

and continue their journey. The 12 cabins

on the ship are often fully booked by drivers

from Iran or Russia who do not use the

aircraft shuttle option.

The bridge of the “Ephesus Seaways” is

very large and the vessel has excellent maneuverability.

With two bow thrusters that

have a 4,700kw output, she has a lot of

power to operate in all weather conditions.

The bridge equipment was installed by

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Huge cargo decks and clear ramp architecture, actual in Trieste only two ramps could be used the berth will be rebuild.

Wärtsilä, a subsidiary better known as the

former SAM Electronics from Germany.

The “Ephesus Seaways” has no bridge

wings due to the 33 metre width restriction

at the locks in Ghent. However, the new

ship was not delivered to her intended

route and went to UN Ro-Ro instead. The

Captain has to operate using an interactive

camera system and different monitors in

the wing to berth the vessel. During the sea

trials the “Ephesus Seaways” reached a top

speed of 22 knots. The Chinese workers

delivered a very good quality ship compared

with earlier RoRo vessels built in

China. The processed steel work is very

good, the engine room has a good, clean

layout and the entire network of insolation

for pipes and cable channels complies with

the European standard. Another big issue

for ferries built in China in the past was vibration.

The “Ephesus Seaways” has no

such vibration challenges. DFDS and its

suppliers made a very good job at the yard

to get a high-performance RoRo carrier

and DFDS management is most satisfied

with both the quality and the construction

schedule.

The company also has two Ro-Pax ferries

on order at Guangzhou Shipyard International

in China, which is contracted to deliver

these newbuilds in the first and third

quarters of 2021.

The terminal operations in Trieste are

managed by the Samer Group, of which

60% is owned by DFDS. The Managing Director

is Jens Peter Nielsen from Denmark.

He worked for many years for Maersk in

Italy before joining DFDS in September

2018 and speaks fluent Italian. The terminal

has a status as a free port and this is a

huge advantage for transporting freight

from Turkey or the Middle East to the EU.

In some countries along the Balkan route

there are limited transit permissions to

and from Turkey. To avoid this administrative

expenditure the direct route to Trieste

with its free port is a much more efficient

alternative for the transport chain. Trieste

also offers a huge terminal for multimodal

transport. One solution from DFDS is to

offer direct shipments from Turkey to

Ghent via its railway connection between

CUSTOMERS

Trieste, Ghent and other destinations. The

space in Trieste port is limited but DFDS

has hired more facilities outside the port

and installed a ticket system to guide the

trucks to the loading process at a set time.

DFDS plans to develop its new business

and the next steps are planned to obtain a

greater market share.

JPE

RoPax 9 / 05.2019


36 / DATA SHEET

Ephesus Seaways

DFDS, Knut E Hansen

EPHESUS SEAWAYS DATA SHEET

Owner:

UN Ro-Ro Isletmeleri AS, Ofis 83-92, Dumankaya

Vizyon Isyeri Bloklari, Milangaz Caddesi 77, Yali Mah,

Kartal, 34870 Istanbul, Turkey.

Operator: UN Ro-Ro

Yard:

Jinling Shipyard

Location: Nanjing, Jinling, China

Yard No.: JLZ9160408

IMO No.: 9816830

Ship Type: Ro-Ro Cargo Ship

Class:

Classification: LR 100A1 - Ice Class: 1C FS

Flag:

Turkish

Port of Registry: Istanbul

Launched:

Date of delivery: 16th July 2018

31st January 2019

Service:

Tuzla-Trieste

PASSENGER CAPACITIES

Total capacity: 12 Drivers

Facilities: Lounge & Restaurant

Accommodation:

Cabins:

6 single + 6 double

Beds: 18

Crew: 22

Crew Cabins: 22

PROPULSION

Main engines: MAN B&W 8S50ME-C9.5

Total Power Output: 2x 11,800kW

Auxiliaries: 2 x MAN 7L21/31 (each 1,980 kW)

Emergency Generator: Information Not Supplied

Shaft Generator: 2 x ABB – each 2,350 kW

Fuel:

HFO (Main Engine) + MGO (Auxiliaries)

Fuel Consumption : 92 per hour at 22 knots

Gearboxes: Information Not Supplied

Propellers: 2x Controllable Pitch Propellers

Thrusters: 2x 2,350kW Transverse Bow Thrusters

Stabilisers: Heeling Tanks

Service speed: 21 knots

PRINCIPAL DIMENSIONS

Length overall: 237.40m

Length b.p.: 232.00m

Beam: 33.00m

Hull Depth: 9.30m

Hull Draught: 7.10m

Deadweight: 15,350 DWT

Gross tonnage: 57,579 GT

Net tonnage: 32,045 NT

Payload: 12,750

CARGO ACCESS

Stern Access:

Deck 3:

15.5m long + 2.6m flaps, 9.5m wide

Deck 5: 2 ramps 18.5m long + 2.6m flaps, 6.4m wide

Access Clear 5.2m Deck 5

Height: 7.4m Deck 3

Internal ramp(s): 6

Access Ramp SWL: Deck 3 200t, Deck 5 150t

Lane width: 2.95m

REMARKS

Steel Cutting Ceremony: September 2017

14 Metre Trailers Capacity: 449

Tanktop Clear Height varies 2m – 2.70m

Clear Height beneath hoistable decks: 1.516m

Named Gothia Seaways when delivered

First of three 6700 LM newbuilds, designed by Knud E.Hansen.

The ship is named after Ephesus, an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia, three kilometres

southwest of the present-day Selçuk in İzmir Province, Turkey.

CAPACITY OF DECKS Deck-area in sqm Deck Free Height (Net) Deckload (ton / sqm) Cars Trucks/Trailers Lanemetres

Tanktop Deck 1: 2,413 4.70m 3t/sqm 730

Main Deck 3: 4,457 7.20m 3t/sqm 1,400

Upper Deck (1) 5: 4,768 4.70m 2t/sqm 1,480

Upper Deck (2) 7: 5,703 4.70m 2t/sqm 1,750

Weather Deck 8: 4,267 4.70m 1t/sqm 1,330

Total: 21,608 N/A 450 Trailers 6,690

RoPax 9 / 05.2019


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38 / INTERVIEW

DFDS

DFDS rides the MED

Interview with Peder Gellert Pedersen, Executive Vice President Shipping Division DFDS Group

An old dream come true for Peder Gellert Pedersen after DFDS entered the channel business. He and his

team and the board had the strategy to go into the Med. It was a big step for the Danish RoRo and RoPax

operator to raising up as the leading short sea operators between Turkey and Europe.

In 2018 DFDS published an increased

EBIT by 20% and the revenue increased

by 10% . The Danish company set its

targets on five pillars for the year 2019:

• Growth from Mediterranean expansion

• Well prepared for Brexit

• Route network strengthened by new

freight ferries

• Digital business projects to go live

• Improvement and efficiency projects

RoPax talked with Peder Gellert Pedersen

Executive Vice President of DFDS and

Head of DFDS Ferry Division about the

next steps and the content of the five

pillars.

RoPax: Congratulation for the successful

year 2018 and the very professional integration

and takeover of UN RoRo. Where

is the expected growth for the future in the

Med or the Baltic?

Peder Gellert Pedersen: If we look to the

market for an organic growth than Turkey

is the more attractive area to develop traffic.

There is not a lot of growth to be expected

in the Baltic with the current situation

around Russia. When you look at the

North Sea also with the Brexit and in general

even without Brexit – Western Europe

is not an area for high growth in volumes.

Peder Gellert Pedersen

“If we look to the market

for an organic growth than

Turkey is the more attractive

area to develop traffic.”

We can only expect an organic growth

around Turkey and the economies around

that area.

DFDS

RoPax: If you look to this Turkish business.

How will you develop the traffic

there? Your main link is from Turkey to

Italy but you serve also the connection to

France?

Peder Gellert Pedersen: We must differentiate

the French line is not as big as even

the line to Italy. That has an authority reason.

Trieste has a special position as a free

port. That enable the trucking companies

to start in Trieste their journeys into Europe.

It is a huge place also from the intermodal

point of view. Many of our clients

call the destination to Germany, Austria,

France and also to our port in Gent as intermodal

connection. This special hub we

can develop in France as well where we

able to target destinations like Spain and

France itself and to the UK. We have both

ports for transit to UK.

What is important to make the inter modal

connection attractive to create more

destinations and to open the trains for all

operators. We are establishing our own

trains, which we can offer to all our clients.

We want to create more train connections

with a higher frequency. That is coming

from our ambition not to develop only

our ferry business from port A to port

B. We are offering connections from an

inland terminal to another inland terminal.

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RoPax: You are also offering door to door

services.?

Peder Gellert Pedersen: Yes that is our

DFDS logistics division. But we as DFDS

will offer intermodal connection for every

logistic provider. We know how to do shipping

and we know more and more how to

operate inland connections via “Hinterland”

terminals.

RoPax: You are very wired forward with

you services compared with your competitors.

Because you will offer the whole connection

by intermodal- ferry or RoRo –

and intermodal. This puts DFDS in a

strong position and a leading position for

supply chain solutions and sequence delivery!?

Peder Gellert Pedersen: I think it is the

way forward., that you have to minimize

the empty run on the highways. There will

be more and more limitations on the highways

in the future. That is also a solution

which would be appreciate by our customers

to offer also some back loads. There are

enough IT platforms that exist. It is just a

matter connecting them to our systems

and the systems of our customers.

RoPax: This is one of your digital projects?

Peder Gellert Pedersen: Yes.

RoPax: You have set the new mega RoRo

to the line between Trieste and Turkey.

Peder Gellert Pedersen: Yes we renamed

the new RoRo at 07. March and reflagged

to the Turkish flag in Istanbul. The new

name is “Ephesus Seaways”.

RoPax: The Mediterranean RoRo short sea

market is one of the dynamic short sea

transport markets with a lot of opportunities.

How will you develop your network in

the Med are there new routes? You are now

very active in the eastern area are there

possibilities for new connection in the

Western part like to Spain or North Africa?

Peder Gellert Pedersen: We have looked

in the past at various acquisition candidates

in that area. We tried to established

with the existing operators some cooperation

expect the competition. But we are

looking at as solutions like we have the

Marseille – Tunis service to combine with

our Turkish service. Or with other services

from France which hits North Africa.

We will not be engaged in lines between Italy

and Spain. I think that market is well

covered by big operators. But I agree with

you that North Africa as market is very interesting,

specially we can combine it we

will be looking to that. We are calling today

the port of Toulon and there are no

service out to North Africa and it is difficult

to establish new services there, because

there is a Navy base. They have no

direct rail connections and there is not

more place for more services. We were

considering to move everything to Marseille.

Then we could combine more with

our Tunisian service and we could combine

it with service to Morocco or Algeria.

However, Marseille is a very expensive

port and neither the most reliable port,

though things have improved a lot over recent

years. We are looking to other options

to move our service to another port in

France. We do not have a final decision.

We need good intermodal rail connections.

“In general we think

the Brexit is not a good idea

for our business.“

RoPax: DFDS is well prepared for the

Brexit ! How will you manage the new situation

in your network and do you see a

decrease in volumes between Sweden UK

and Benelux – UK?

Peder Gellert Pedersen: We made sure

that we are accredited to apply the EU

certificate of all over the places we oper ate.

We have established IT system connected

to the port IT systems and local community

systems and the customs authorities. We

are ready to handle digital custom clearances

in the ports. We have established

additional space around our terminals for

example in Vlaardingen, Immingham,

Esbjerg and Gothenburg All in order to

cope with the stacking of traffic. Most of

the units we still believe will go thru without

stopping because you can do the custom

clearance electronically but some

Kiel – Klaipeda RoPax

Pearl Seaways

units have to be put aside. We have a

weekly Brexit steering committee which I

am sharing that exists from the last year.

We have trained a lot of people at our

various locations to make custom clearance

work. In some locations we have even

added more people. But right know as we

do not know when the Brexit will happen

or not we have mainly trained existing

people rather than employing more. We

thought it would be better to train the

people which we have and when the Brexit

will be reality we can employ some more

people. In general we think the Brexit is

not a good idea for our business. All big

automotive companies made a decision to

move out from Britain with their production

and this will hit our traffic and we

will realize decreasing volumes.

RoPax: Do you look at you capacity in the

future to make some changes in the existing

fleet to and from UK?

Peder Gellert Pedersen: In Q1 we saw

more traffic to UK regarding to fill up the

warehouses with more parts and stuff. To

cover some traffic interruption based on

Brexit. But in Q 2 we see a decrease. That’s

why we moved all our dockings to Q2 and

we made no dockings in Q1 to offer our

full capacity to the market.

DFDS

DFDS

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40 / INTERVIEW

RoPax: DFDS operates a very successful

network from Sweden, Germany to the

Baltic States. Last year you reported a

growth at the Sweden routes and a stable

volume between Germany and Lithuania.

Could you describe the perspective and

situation of this area and the upcoming

plans with the new RoPax Tonnage?

Peder Gellert Pedersen: The market is

growing a little bit but not enough because

about the Russian situation. It is not a big

growing market around the Baltic. But

could get some market shares from the

highway that depends on the oil prices.

As long as the oil prices are reasonable we

see some slightly numbers.

RoPax: Do you have plans to change the

existing vessels?

Peder Gellert Pedersen: No we are looking

forward to get the new ships in 2021

there will be an reshuffle. The new RoPax

could sail between Kiel – Klaipeda but

also between Karlsham and Klaipeda. That

depends on the traffic developments. Both

ports are ready to accommodate the new

vessels. We keep it flexible.

RoPax: At the route between Kiel – St

Petersburg had a cooperation with Finnlines.

now Finnlines closed the service

what are your next steps to offer your

clients a solution?

Peder Gellert Pedersen: We were sorry to

learn that Finnlines had decided to cease

operations between Kiel and St. Petersburg

but at the same time we understand their

decision, as the market really has declined

drastically. We have decided to retain our

representation in Russia for now and we

are working on various alternative ways to

carry the goods of our customers to and

from Russia. It will, however, not be in the

form of a regular liner service as long as

the volumes are as low as they are now.

RoPax: You are offering a very high level

standard and quality service between

Sweden, Norway to UK and Benelux to

UK with a modern fleet. But from Newcastle

to Amsterdam your tonnage is getting

older. How are your plans for the next

years or do you wait after the Brexit market

development?

Peder Gellert Pedersen: We are holding

all decisions until Brexit or after Brexit.

What we are doing we are looking to

make a different concept. We have moved

the route management from Copenhagen

to Dover also for the Amsterdam –

Newcastle line. I did this, because the

market which they serve, is the same and

the concept on the Line Amsterdam –

Newcastle has always a copy paste concept

of Copenhagen – Oslo line. I am not sure

that is the right concept anymore. We are

reviewing the concept to look also at

tonnage and possibilities either second

hand or new build to fill the gap.

„Ephesus Seaways“ on its way to the Med.

RoPax: How do you see the actual developments

in the Baltic regarding the

new competition of TT Line between Trelleborg

and Klaipeda?

Peder Gellert Pedersen: There is a well

established market and they are competing

with one vessel to a high frequency with

every day sailing. They do it because they

have more capacity on one ship. It is

“We preparing our terminals

in Vlaardingen and Gent

where we are rebuilding our

terminals for autonomous

tug master operation but we

are today far away from the

first operation.”

hard to see to sail in competition with

Stena and us with three vessels operation

in that corridor. Because there is no

growth. Maybe to Sweden there is

some growth but it is also competition

between the Poland – Sweden ferries and

the Baltic States connections to Sweden.

It is not a big launch for a new service with

one vessel.

RoPax: What are the next digital steps in

DFDS?

Peder Gellert Pedersen: We preparing

our terminals in Vlaardingen and Gent

where we are rebuilding our terminals

for autonomous tug master operation

but we are today far away from the first

operation. More important is we focus on

our relations to our customers. That

is where we spent most of our time. How

can we increase the sales direct to our

clients at the passenger side and also on

the freight side. We have launched a

booking platform that allows clients to

book direct freight capacities at the

channel. We will develop further that people

avoid to using other platforms

also when they have only a few units but

they can book directly with no hassle.

That is our focus area. We are also developing

new ways of thinking where it comes

to booking of trailers. We will offer basic

opinion because clients do not need to

know which ship you want to book. It is

more important to know when our

vessel will discharge. We will provide

bookings based on when you can pick

up your trailer at the terminal. We prepare

the booking based on pick up time

and not departure time. This will create a

dynamic pricing model if you need very

fast your trailer you must pay a little bit

more.

RoPax: Do you see more big customers

like the big logistics companies or are there

still also the small operators and do you

increased also the direct business with

your industry clients?

Peder Gellert Pedersen: Yes we see an increase

at our big clients but we have today

25% of our volumes in direct connection

with industry clients. We will maintain a

very good relationship with our logistic

customers and develop for them more

services.

RoPax: Thank you very much for the conversation

and we wish you a good con tinue

with your business.


JPE

DFDS


RoPax 9 / 05.2019


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42 / INTERVIEW

Attica

Attica

Attica Group

The Attica Group is the leading ferry operator in Greece with it`s brands Superfast ferries, Blue Star ferries

and Hellenic Seaways and the Africa Morocco Link. The group consolidated its business in 2018 and had a

lot of challenges to integrate the Hellenic Seaways operation. Additional the main share holder MIG started

a sales process which is under its way. RoPax spoke with the CEO Spiros Paschalis about the next steps and

the positive outlook in 2019 Attica Group achieved five tourism awards by the Boussias Communications

RoPax: How was the year 2018 for Attica

Group and the development and integration

of Hellenic Seaways?

Spiros Paschalis: The year 2018 could be

considered a really challenging one for

Attica Group.

Attica’s Management Team was heavily engaged

in concluding the acquisition of

Hellenic Seaways and then working on the

operational integration of Hellenic Seaways

into Attica’s Organization.

A Project Team was set up with the CEO

as a project Manager in order to analyze

and coordinate all the actions of the individual

functional units and finally determine

the final structure and operation of

the Group and implement it. Within this

framework all requirements of the new Attica

were taken into consideration while all

corporate procedures, suppliers, partnerships

as well as operational systems of both

Companies were reevaluated in order to

create to synergies. As a result of the exercise

all the procedures and operations of

the Group were integrated. We are really

satisfied with the outcome of the integration

since we managed to complete the

whole process in only 9 months.

New departments were created and various

procedures were modified or further

developed. In addition, the new organizational

chart of Attica Group was introduced

enabling the new Group structure.

The decision concerning the Attica Group’s

offices was that all pillars should operate

closely, so a second building has been rented

next to Attica’s Head office. Following

this decision as from March 2019 the

new premises host the Commercial pillar.

Now the new Attica Group Organization

composed by top professionals of the

industry, through its brands Superfast

Ferries, Blue Star Ferries, Africa Morocco

Link and Hellenic Seaways is considered to

be one of the leading ferry operators in the

Mediterranean Sea and within the ten top

ferry operators in Europe, offering premium

services and continue to be the first

choice for our valued customers.

“Attica Group embraces

digital transformation and

aims to optimize every

touch point throughout

the customer journey.”

RoPax: Where had you success and where

do you need some improvement?

Spiros Paschalis: Following the acquisition

of Hellenic Seaways, Attica Group

operates in 4 countries, serving 60 destinations,

connecting 71 ports. Furthermore,

the Attica Group fleet consists of 30

modern and technologically advanced

conventional as well as high-speed vessels,

providing high quality transportation

services for passengers, cargo and private

vehicles, which meet the wide range of

different needs of all our customers.

Following the above growth, Attica has

been focusing on the next phase of development

which apart from purely commercial

considerations includes the company’s

increased attention to environmental

issues and green technology. The climate

issue is of great importance for us and we

are currently working on the next generation

of vessels as well as the need to have

fossil fuels while at the same time minimize

energy consumption.

Furthermore, Attica Group embraces

digital transformation and aims to optimize

every touch point throughout the

customer journey. Being consistent with

this, Attica Group is currently investing a

great part of the Marketing budget in the

renewal of the internet sites of Superfast

Ferries, Blue Star Ferries and Hellenic

Seaways in order to offer a unique user

experience, customized to each of our

customers’ needs. Additionally, the software

of our Loyalty Scheme “Seasmiles” is

planned to be restructured providing more

options to our members. Finally, we are

working on a CRM platform and on other

innovation projects.

RoPax: In 2018 you generated a higher

revenue but your earnings were limited by

the increase oil prices could you give us a

first report about 2018 in total?

Spiros Paschalis: The increase of fuel

prices affects all ferry operators and is one

of the most important challenges.

The Group’s financial results for 2018

which show consolidated Revenue of Euro

365.40mln compared to Euro 271.54 mln

in 2017 and consolidated Earnings before

interest, taxes, investing and financial

results, depreciation and amortization

(EBITDA) of 57.00mln compared to Euro

59.55mln in 2017. The lower EBITDA

margin in 2018 is attributed mainly to the

significant increase in fuel price and to the

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Attica

Attica

cost of integration of Hellenic Seaways

Maritime S.A. («HSW»). Profit after tax

and minority interests stood at Euro

17.11mln compared to profit of Euro 1.25

mln in 2017. Attica Group consolidates

HSW for the first time in 2018 financial

results for the period 1.6.2018 – 31.12.2018.

AFRICA:

RoPax: On the line between Spain and

Moroco you operated with reduced capacity

but now you will come back with a

second ship how is your position and do

you see a possible increase in capacity and

market share?

Spiros Paschalis: The year 2018 was actually

the first year of profitability of AML,

though small. The facts that led to that

positive result were the vertical reduction

of operating cost and overheads. Moreover,

AML has focused on freight business

which is less seasonal and more stable. The

fleet of AML for 2019 will be consisted by

the F/B Morocco Star and two other

chartered vessels to enforce the existing

service and facilitate the summer passenger

demand.

AML Management’s main aim for 2019 is

the strengthening of our capacity in the

existing line (Tanger Med – Algeciras)

always having in mind the required

equilibrium between demand and

supply.

NEW TONNAGE

RoPax: Two years ago you had plans to invest

in new RoPax tonnage do you will

come back with your plans for a fleet restructure?

Spiros Paschalis: Actually we have never

ceased our plans for newbuilding vessels.

Please be advised that we are currently

working on a fleet development/renewal

project, comprising the designing of

three ferry prototypes for different type

of operations. Those vessels would be

environmentally friendly ones, belonging

in the new generation of ferries.

RoPax: Thank you very much.


JPE

RoPax 9 / 05.2019


Kai Ortel


NEWBUILDING / 45

“Hammershus”

Molslinjen introduces RoPax newbuilding

on lifeline link to Bornholm

When, in a surprise development,

Molslinjen won the franchise for

the lifeline services between Ystad, Køge

and Bornholm in May 2016, the Danish

company did not wait long before ordering

a purpose-built RoPax newbuilding

for the route linking the Danish mainland

with Rønne. The order went to

Rauma Marine Construction (RMC), a

shipyard that was only just beginning to

re-enter the shipbuilding business.

A primary factor that saw Molslinjen win

the 2018-2027 franchise was its promise to

lower ticket prices compared to those

offered by Faergen. But, while the shorter

route between Rønne and Ystad could be

operated by Molslinjen’s own fast ferries

from the Kattegat where the company has

been a household name between Aarhus,

Ebeltoft and Sjaellands Odde for decades,

the company no longer owned a suitable

RoPax vessel for the longer route to the

Danish mainland. This link is vital to the

island’s economy since Danish hauliers

usually have their cargo shipped on the

night boat to Rønne in the evening hours

to deliver it to their customers all over the

island the next morning. Furthermore, the

Cardeck

Køge ship has also regularly carried out a

single day trip to Mukran (Sassnitz) during

the summer months as the lay-over time

slot in Rønne fits nicely into the time

required to undertake return sailing to the

island of Rügen.

CONSTRUCTION

On 22 June 2016, Molslinjen ordered a

RoPax at Rauma Marine Construction in

Finland for delivery in mid-2018 at a price

of EUR 68m. Molslinjen took over the

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Bornholmslinien

Hammershus leaving port of Rönne.

franchise from Faergen on 01 September

2018, operating the services to Køge, Ystad

and Mukran under the new ”Bornholmslinjen”

brand name. The company also

announced shortly after winning the

ser v ice contract (in early July 2018) that it

would purchase outright from Faergen the

1978-built “Povl Anker”, the company’s

long-serving and immensely popular spare

vessel. Since Faergen’s “Hammerodde” had

been criticised several times for her limited

capacity of only 400 passengers,

Molslinjen revised the original design of

yard no. 6001 shortly after the keel laying

of the new ship on 04 August 2017 to carry

720 passengers instead of the original

capacity of 400 (and then 600). As a result

of this modification, the Danish operator

then announced that it would turn the seasonal

service to Mukran into a year-round

operation, offering three weekly sailings

on the Rønne – Mukran route in the winter

season. However, at peak times in summer

the 1,500-passenger capacity “Povl Anker”

will sail on the German route as well, thus

offering more capacity than ever on the

popular holiday service between the

former East Germany and Bornholm. The

new vessel, named “Hammershus” to pay

homage to a 1965-built ferry of the same

name, was launched on 05 January 2018

and went on her first set of sea trials in the

Northern Baltic on 20 June 2018. Despite

rumours that the ship could enter service

early and be chartered to Faergen in order

to guarantee a smooth transition when the

franchise renewed, the new vessel remained

in Rauma during the summer and

was only delivered to Molslinjen on 22 August

2018 after another set of sea trials.

“Hammershus” then proceeded to Køge

and Rønne for berthing trials and took

over the conventional ferry duties from her

predecessor “Hammerodde” as planned on

01 September. (The latter had been sold to

Stena Line as the “Stena Vinga” for future

service on the Frederikshavn-Gothenburg

route.)

ONBOARD

The “Hammershus” follows a simple

layout. Decks 3 and 5 are the two main

cargo decks with a clear height of 4.50m

Sun Deck

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each and a combined capacity of 1,518 lane

metres or an equivalent of 353 cars. Access

is via a wide stern ramp and, quite unusually

for a ferry of her relatively small

size, fixed internal ramps. With a lot of

cargo on the overnight route from Køge to

Rønne being unaccompanied, the vessel

has been built as a stern-loader, but can be

converted to have bow doors retrofitted

easily. This arrangement has been chosen

due the fact that, especially during the

busy summer months, a quick loading and

unloading process is mandatory to keep

the tight schedules of one roundtrip each

from Rønne to both Køge and Mukran

within 24 hours. Passenger access is via

gangways in the two Danish ports while in

Mukran, work was still underway in

February this year to adapt the existing

gangway to the new ship. Foot passengers

therefore embarked and disembarked via

the car deck.

All public spaces for passengers are

concentrated on deck 7 while 16 fourberth

cabins for 72 guests and 2 additional

cabins for disabled passengers are to be

found one deck above on deck 8 (as is a

small sundeck). Compared to the “Hammerodde”

where public spaces and cabins

were spread over three decks, orientation

and passenger flow on the “Hammershus”

is very easy with basically all passenger

amenities found on one deck. In the front

of deck 7, a very spacious cafeteria offers

space for 200 passengers and also stunning

views both in the direction of travel and to

the sides of the ship. Subdivisions separated

by room dividers cater to guests with

allergies (24 seats) and those travelling

with pets (38 seats) while a dedicated

children’s area can be found on the port

side. The whole area conveys an atmosphere

of openness as the adjacent galley is

open to allow passengers to watch their

meals being prepared. Furthermore, the

cashier counter for the cafeteria also serves

as the point of sale for the small shop, as

the office for cabin key card handouts and

for all general information inquiries. A

nice feature in the cafeteria is the use of

real flowers as decorative elements where

even cruise operators have long passed to

artificial “Dauerflora” flowers.

In the aft part of the vessel, a lounge with

200 reclining seats is situated on the starboard

side and a “silent zone” with 100

“sleeperettes“ on the port side. The latter

were a popular feature on Bornholmstrafikken’s

“Jens Kofoed” and “Povl

Anker” for all those who did not want to

buy a cabin berth, but can still spend the

short overnight crossing in some comfort.

The updated versions of the sleeperettes

onboard the “Hammershus” can serve as

both a sofa and a bunk bed and are

equipped with a locker to deposit valuables

while sleeping. (At the entrance of the

reclining seat lounge there are separate

luggage lockers for other passengers as

well.)

Overall, the impression of the public

rooms is one of brightness and spaciousness.

Layout and design of the “Hammershus”

may be regarded as modern and

functional and not really resembling the

chic of the latest Finnish-built cruise ships,

but in terms of comfort and style, the

“Hammershus” definitely is a step forward

compared to the previous ship, the “Hammerodde”.

TECHNOLOGY

In terms of machinery and propulsion,

Molslinjen opted for a “no frills” solution

on the “Hammershus.” The vessel is

equipped with a conventional diesel

engine, but by choosing Wärtsilä’s new

W8V31 type, the Bornholm ferry is the

very first ship of this type to use this

engine. The two main engines are of a very

compact design and are praised for their

low fuel consumption. With “Hammershus”

solely sailing through ECA waters,

she uses ultra-low sulphur marine diesel

(MDO) just like the rest of the Molslinjen

fleet, although the engines can technically

burn heavy fuel oil (HFO) and regular

marine diesel just as well. At a total output

of 9.760 kW, the engines are designed for

Bridge

a required service speed of 17 – 18 knots,

but during sea trials, the vessel easily

reached 22 knots. Bunkering usually takes

place in Rønne when the ship is not

required to sail to Mukran.

Captain Jens Christian Fagerlund Andersen,

whom we met during our sailing from

Køge to Rønne and Mukran in February, is

very fond of his new vessel. “She’s a very

nice ship“, he remarked in a quiet minute

somewhere between Rønne and Mukran.

Only her overall length is something all

nautical officers still have to get accustomed

to. At 158 metres, “Hammershus” is

more than 20 metres longer than her

predecessor which is crucial in a small port

like Rønne. “It may be only 20 metres, but

it feels like 200!”, Andersen laughs. But,

having been “inherited” from Faergen to

take over command on the new Molslinjen

ship after having been master of the

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“Hammerodde” for years, no-one may be

better suited than Captain Andersen to

guarantee safe manoeuvring in port. The

Chief Engineer agrees: “She’s a way better

ship than “Hammerodde”.” Commenting

on the engines he’s responsible for, he

smiles: “It’s basically the same engines that

they built 50 years ago, but they’re so much

more energy-efficient now.” Even half a

year after the introduction into service of

the “Hammershus”, Wärtsilä regularly

sends technicians onboard to oversee the

engine’s performance and to find ways to

still improve their efficiency. After all, both

Wärtsilä and RMC hope for consecutive

orders, and the “Hammershus” serves as

their reference ship, having attracted

quite some attention within the European

ferry industry since her delivery in August

2018. She still has her first full summer

season ahead of her this year (2019), but

judging from the performance so far, th

ere is every reason to believe that the

“Hammershus” will become the reliable

lifeline ferry to the mainland everyone on

Bornholm had hoped for. Furthermore,

if she proves to be popular among

German tourists on the Mukran-Rønne

route as well, this will make her better still.


Kai Ortel

DEUTSCHE ZUSAMMENFASSUNG

Die finnische Werft Rauma Marine

Construction (RMC) hat im August

2018 mit der “Hammershus” ihre erste

RoPax nach ihrer Restrukturierung infolge

der Zerschlagung von STX Finland

Ende 2013 abgeliefert. Molslinjen hatte

2016 überraschend die Konzession für

den Fährverkehr zwischen Rønne und

dem dänischen Festlandhafen Køge

gewonnen, für den in der eigenen Flotte

jedoch keine passende Tonnage zur Verfügung stand. Noch während der Bauphase

wurde das Design des Schiffes dahingehend geändert, dass anstelle der vertraglich

vorgeschriebenen 400 Passagiere 720 Gäste an Bord befördert werden können. Dies

vor dem Hintergrund, dass Molslinjen die neue Fähre auch auf der (nicht subventionierten)

Fährlinie Rønne – Mukran einsetzt, welche die Reederei seit der Indienststellung

des Schiffes erstmals ganzjährig betreibt. Das Layout der “Hammershus” wurde

bewusst einfach gehalten. Alle Passagier-einrichtungen (Cafeteria, Shop, Ruhesessel,

Schlafsofas) befinden sich auf Deck 7, lediglich 18 Kabinen für die fünfeinhalbstündige

Nachtfahrt zwischen Rønne und Køge liegen ein Deck darüber. Die konventionelle

Dieselmaschine vom Typ Wärtsilä W8V31 zeichnet sich durch besondere

Energieeffizienz aus. Ausgelegt ist sie für die Nutzung sowohl von Schweröl als auch

von Diesel, Molslinjen verwendet aber auf der konventionellen Fähre denselben

Treibstoff (Ultraniedrigschwefel-Diesel) wie auf den Schnellfähren der Reederei im

Kattegat. Zwei Autodecks verfügen über eine Gesamtkapazität von 1.518 Lademetern.

Verbunden sind sie über feste Rampe an der Backbord- und Steuerbordseite,

der Zugang an Bord erfolgt ausschließlich über eine breite Heckrampe. Kai Ortel

Kai Ortel

Rostock verbindet

Ihr Universalhafen in der südlichen Ostsee

Opening new horizons

www.rostock-port.de

RoPax 9 / 05.2019


48 / DATA SHEET

Hammershus

Bornholmslinjen

HAMMERSHUS DATA SHEET

Owner:

Molslinjen AS, Hveensgade 4, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark

Operator: Bornholmslinjen AS,

Yard:

Rauma Marine Constructions Oy

Location: Rauma, Finland

Yard No.: RMC-NB6001

IMO No.: 9812107

Ship Type: Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship

Classification: Ro-Ro passenger ship SRTP - COMF-NOISE 2,

COMF-VIB 2, AUT-UMS (SS), SYS-NEQ (SS), MON-SHAFT,

CLEANSHIP, ICE CLASS IC, INWATER SURVEY

Flag:

Denmark

Port of Registry: Rønne

Launched: 5th January 2018

Date of delivery: 22nd August 2018

Services: Rønne-Køge, 5hrs 30mins | Rønne-Sassnitz, 3hrs 20mins

PASSENGER CAPACITIES

Total capacity: 720 passengers

Facilities: 200-seat cafeteria/Shop/200 seat

Accommodation: Reclining Seat Lounge/100 berth Silent Zone

Passenger Cabins: 16 4-berth & 2 Disabled Access

Crew Cabins: 12

Beds: 86

Crew: 20

PROPULSION

Main engines:

2x Wärtsilä Wärtsila W8V31

4T - 8 cyl - 31.00 cm x 43.00 cm at 750 rpm

Total Power Output: 9,760kW

Propulsion Generators: 2x - 2000 kVA - 1600 kW

Auxiliaries: 4x Scania DI16 090M 563 kVA - 450 kW - 611 HP

Emergency Generator: 1x 313 kVA - 250 kW - 340 HP

Shaft Generator: 1,500 kW/690 V

Fuel:

MDO

Fuel Capacity: 533.84 m³

Gear boxes: Information Not Supplied

Propellers: 2x Screw Propeller Controllable pitch (oil -closed)

10.00m diameter

Thrusters: 2x 1500 kW, 690V/50Hz

Stabilisers: Yes

Service Speed: 18.0 knots

Trials Speed: 22.0 knots

PRINCIPAL DIMENSIONS

Length overall: 158.00 m

Length b.p.: 144.80 m

Beam:

24.50 m

Hull depth: 13.80m

Hull Draught: 5.85 m

Freeboard: 450 mm

Deadweight: 4,642 DWT

Gross tonnage: 18,009 GT

Net tonnage: 5,402 NT

CARGO ACCESS

Stern Access: N/A

Length: N/A

Width:

N/A

Max Ramp Load: N/A

Internal ramp(s): N/A

Deckload: N/A

Lane width: 2.50m-3.50m

REMARKS

The ship is named after Hammershus, Scandinavia‘s largest medieval fortification, situated

74 metres above sea level on Hammeren, the northern tip of the Danish island of Bornholm

in the Baltic Sea. Erected in the 13th century, it was long believed that the castle was built

as a private residence for the archbishop of Lund. However, new evidence found at the

ruins of the castle suggests it was constructed in the beginning of the century as a royal

residence for Valdemar II of Denmark and a base for the Danish crusades.

Keel laying – 4th August 2017

Service Debut: 1st September 2018

CAPACITY OF DECKS Deck-area in sqm Deck Free Height (Net) Deckload (ton / sqm) Cars Trucks/Trailers Lanemetres

Main Deck 3: 4.50m 805

MezzanineDeck:

Upper Deck 5: 4.50m 695

Total: Not Supplied 4.50m Not Supplied 353 Not Supplied 1,518

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DATA SHEET / 49


JPE

JPE JPE

LHG

Rostock, Lübeck und Kiel

Hallenneubau am Skandinavienkai in Lübeck, die „Copenhagen“ an ihrem

Anleger in Rostock; Kombiterminal Rostock mit Containern der Lübecker

Spedition Bruhn; täglich fährt DFDS ab dem Ostuferhafen in Kiel nach Klaipeda.

Die drei führenden Deutschen

Ostseehäfen wachsen weiter!

Alle drei führenden Deutschen Ostseehäfen

Kiel, Lübeck und Rostock

konnten in 2018 ihre Umschlagszahlen

verbessern. Trotz ihrer unterschiedlichen

Schwerpunkte stehen alle drei Standorte

in einem Wettbewerb und müssen

für Ihre Zukunft kämpfen. Eine feste

Fehmarnbeltquerung und auch neue

Verkehrskorridore im Osten werden Ladungsströme

verändern. Die Hafenchefs

geben ein aktuelles Bild der Lage:

ROSTOCK PORT

In 2018 hat der Hafen Rostock im Fährverkehr

ein weiteres Wachstum verzeichnen

können trotz einiger Rückgänge in

anderen Bereichen des Hafens. Die RoRo

und Fährverkehre sind das starke Rückrad

Rostocks. Der Hafen hat den Vorteil

er generiert seine Umschlagsergebnisse

auf mehreren Säulen, dem Getreide, Flüssig

und auch Projektladungsumschlag,

seinen starken RoRo und Fährverkehren,

dem Kreuzfahrtgeschäft und auch den

Indus trieansiedlungen im Hafen.

fenbar eine Pause ein: die konjunkturelle

Lage mit abgeschwächten Wachstumsprognosen

für 2019 sowohl in Kontinental- als

auch Nordeuropa wirkt sich unmittelbar

auf den Außenhandel aus, so dass wir derzeit

eher von stabilen als von weiter stark

wachsenden Verkehren 2019 aus gehen.

Dafür werden andere Massengüter, mit

Ausnahme von Getreide, in diesem Jahr

wieder zulegen, da die Rückgänge des letzten

Jahres auf Sondereffekten beruhten,

die 2019 nicht und nur noch teilweise zur

Wirkung kommen werden.

Hier zeigt sich die Stärke des Geschäftsmodells

im Hafen Rostock, das auf verschiedenen

Säulen beruht. Auch der Ausbau

der Logistik- und Industriefunktion

wird durch die Bereitstellung von Ansiedlungsflächen

weiter vorangetrieben, zudem

erfolgt die Schaffung neuer Kapazitäten

für die Kreuzschifffahrt durch Errichtung

eines Großschiffsliegeplatzes.

Es besteht ein gewisser Wettebwerb zwischen

dem Ostkorridor und dem mittleren

Westkorridor. Im Ostkorridor laufen die

Verkehre über die Linie Ystad-Świnoujście,

beide Häfen werden derzeit ausgebaut. Nach

einer erfolgreichen Kapazitätser weiterung

besteht die Möglichkeit, dass zukünftig Verkehre

sich aus dem mittleren Westkorridor

nach Osten verlagern könnten.

Dr. Gernot Tesch hat dazu eine ganz klare

Vorstellung: Die Linie Ystad-Swinemünde

Die beiden Geschäftsführer Aurel Scharner

und Dr. Gernot Tesch.

Laut Geschäftsführer Dr. Gernot Tesch ist

der Fähr- und RoRo-Verkehr im vergangenen

Jahrzehnt, insbesondere aber die vergangenen

5 Jahre in Rostock extrem stark

gewachsen und wurde damit zum Hauptwachstumstreiber

der Entwicklung am

Standort. Dieses Wachstum legt derzeit ofist

eine ebenfalls sehr stark wachsende

Route (gilt aber auch Trelleborg-Swinemünde

sowie Gdynia-Karlskrona). Zuwächse

auf dieser Route beruhen im Wesentlichen

auf den extrem starken wirtschaftlichen

Wachs- und Aufholprozessen

der polnischen Volkswirtschaft sowie

weiterer südosteuropäischer Länder. An

diesen Prozessen hat auch Rostock (z.B.

auf der Linie Rostock-Gedser) partizipiert.

Von daher ist ein Kapazitätsausbau gerechtfertigt,

solange er am Marktwachstum

ausgerichtet ist und die Infrastrukturnutzung

entsprechend bepreist wird.

Rostock nimmt diese Konkurrenz ernst

und wird sich dem Wettbewerb stellen.

JPE

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REPORT / 51

Rostock punktet mit seiner Funktion als

Hub zu verschiedenen Destinationen im

Ostseeraum.

Der Hafen Rostock wird seine Kapazitäten

und Anlagen auch weiter ausbauen und

erneuern. In Kiel gibt es das erste Truckerhotel

für die LKW Fahrer, damit diese

nicht mehr im LKW übernachten müssen,

wenn Sie auf ihre Ladung warten oder

auf die Fähre. In Rostock gibt es dazu

auch schon einige Ideen, dazu hat der

Geschäftsführer Aurel Scharner folgende

Informationen: „Der Fähr- und Ro Ro-

Verkehr als Hauptwachstumstreiber des

Rostocker Hafens steht naturgemäß im

Mittelpunkt der zukünftigen Infrastrukturplanungen.

Nachdem ROSTOCK

PORT in den vergangenen Jahren bereits

das Kombiterminal durch die Investition

in zwei leistungsfähige Portalkräne und 5

ganzzuglange Gleise kapazitätsmäßig ausgebaute

und der private Terminalbetreiber

Euroports in zusätzliche Hallenkapazität

investierte hat, liegt der Fokus von

ROSTOCK PORT derzeit auf der die

Anpassung der Anlegerkapazitäten an

heutige Anforderungen. So werden die

Liegeplätze 41, 51, 62 und 63 gegenwärtig

an neue Schiffsdimensionen (steigende

Schiffslängen bis 250 m) angepasst und

sind teilweise auch für Container- bzw.

ConRo-Schiffe nutzbar.

Im unmittelbaren Hafenumfeld bestehen

derzeit bereits Fahrerunterbringungsmöglichkeiten,

bei denen der Fahrer seinen

Truck gewissermaßen vor dem Fenster

parken kann. Weitere Investitionen in Beherbergungkapazitäten

sind herzlich willkommen.“

RoPax: Der Lübecker Hafen investiert

nach der Krise wieder in seine Kapazitäten,

vor allem am Skandinavienkai. Wie ist

die Reaktion der Kunden und die Entwicklung

der Umschlagszah-len, und wird

mehr Ladung nach Lübeck zurückkommen?

Prof. Jürgens: Das Jahr 2017 war für die

LHG ein Wendepunkt in vielfacher Hinsicht.

Es ist in diesem Jahr gelungen, langfristig

bindende Tarifvereinbarungen mit

dem Tarifpartner zu schließen, die uns eine

gute Grundlage für die Geschäftsentwicklung

der nächsten Jahre bis mindestens

2022 gibt. Gleichzeitig wurde in

diesem Jahr mit Unterstützung des Hauptgesellschafters

der Hansestadt Lübeck ein

großes Hafenentwicklungsprogramm für

den Skandinavienkai vereinbart. Damit

können wir unsere Leistungsfähigkeit und

Innovationsvorherrschaft weiter ausbauen.

Prof. Jürgens

Wir sind aktuell voll im Gange, diese Erweiterungs-

und Entwicklungsmaßnahmen

zu realisieren. Bereits heute freuen

wir uns über eine hohe Mengenauslastung

in allen Terminals, da offenkundig teilweise

verlorenes Vertrauen unserer Kunden

LHG

zurückgewonnen werden konnte. Das

zeigte auch die Umschlagsentwicklung im

vergangenen Jahr. Da machten uns vor allem

die Trailer Freude (+10 %), aber auch

die Forstprodukte haben sich gut entwickelt.

Im Intermodalbereich hat unsere

Tochtergesellschaft Baltic Rail Gate erstmalig

die 100.000-Marke übersprungen.

Wir sind zuversichtlich, dass wir diese positive

Entwicklung auch für die nächsten

Jahre weiter fortschreiben können.

RoPax: Der Skandinavienkai hat eine führende

Stellung im RoRo- und RoPax-Verkehr

nach Südschweden und Finnland

und entwickelt sich mehr und mehr zu

einem LOGISTIK Hub und dem Kombiterminal

mit den meisten Verbindungen

an der Deutschen Ostseeküste! Hat Lübeck

die Chance noch mehr Kombiverkehre zu

bündeln?

Prof. Jürgens: Der Skandinavienkai entwickelt

sich nicht mehr und mehr zu einem

Logistik-Hub, sondern ist bereits der

größte eigenständig betriebene Logistik-Hub

an der deutschen Ostseeküste.

Auch unser Intermodal-Terminal ist das

verbindungsstärkste unter den Wettbewerbshäfen

und mit im Jahr 2018 abgewickelten

103.800 Einheiten auch das umschlagsstärkste.

inselgrafik.com

PORT OF LÜBECK

Der Fährhafen mit den meisten Linien an

der Deutschen Ostsee, Lübeck ist nach

seiner Krise wieder auf Erfolgskurs. Im

Jahr 2018 konnte eine Umschlagssteigerung

von 12% verzeichnet werden im vergleich

zum Jahr 2017 , es wurden über 22

Mio to umgeschlagen. Neue Investitionen

am Skandinavienkai und Kapazitätserweiterungen

zeigen den neuen Weg der

Lübecker Hafengesellschaft RoPax

sprach mit Prof Jürgens über die nächsten

Schritte und die Aussichten für den Hafenstandort

Lübeck.

Zu den Inseln und Halligen

Liniendienste mit Fährschiffen zu den Inseln Föhr, Amrum und den Halligen, Ausfl ugsfahrten,

Busverkehre auf Föhr und Amrum.

✆ (0 46 81) 800 www.faehre.de

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52 / REPORT

Dr. Claus (2.v.l.)zusammen mit seinen Kunden SCA Geschäftsführer Grage, DFDS Line Manager

Hoffmann und Stena Line Pressesprecher Wahl.

Zur Ihrer Frage: Ja, zusammen mit unseren

Hauptkunden auf der Reeder-seite sowie

den Partnern im Intermodal-Verkehr

arbeiten wir intensiv daran, weitere leistungsfähige

Intermodalverbindungen für

das deutsche und europäische Hinterland

zu entwickeln, die noch mehr Ladung über

den Standort Lübeck bündeln. Das Ziel ist,

die hohe Abfahrtsfrequenz auf Schiffsseite

optimal zu verbinden mit einer hohen

Zugfrequenz in die Hauptabladeregion.

Damit können wir unseren Kunden im

verladenden Gewerbe noch bessere Transportbedingungen

bieten.

RoPax: Danke für das Gespräch.

KIEL STEIGERT SEINE

PASSAGIERZAHLEN

Der Seehafen Kiel legte im Passagierverkehr

2018 weiter um 4,2 % auf über 2,2

Mio. Reisende zu. Auf der anderen Seite

ging der Umschlag um 3,5 % gegenüber

dem bisherigen Spitzenergebnis in 2017

leicht zurück. Die neue Color Line-

Frachtfähre wird den Kombinierten Ladungsverkehr

stärken und ein Ladungszuwachs

bringen. Im Kreuzfahrtbereich

verzeichnet der Hafen ein weiteres starkes

Wachstum. RoPax stellte drei Fragen

an den Hafenchef Dr Claus.

JPE

RoPax: Der Seehafen Kiel hat sich in den

letzten Jahren sehr gut im RoRo und Ro-

Pax Verkehr entwickelt, dennoch gibt es

einige Veränderungen, wie beurteilen Sie

die Einstellung der Verbindung nach Russland

durch den Kooperationsdienst von

DFDS und Finnlines?

Dr. Claus: Wir bedauern diese – zumindest

vorübergehende – Einstellung des

wöchentlichen Fährdienstes nach St. Petersburg,

der in Kiel eine lange Tradition

hat. Das Volumen auf der täglich von

DFDS selbst betriebenen Linie Kiel – Klaipeda

ist dagegen auf Top-Niveau und bietet

auch den Lkw-Verkehren nach Russland

eine Transportalternative. Kiel wird

zudem eine direkte Verbindung nach St.

Petersburg behalten, die allerdings mit

konventionellen Frachtschiffen und nicht

mit Fährschiffen mehrmals monatlich bedient

wird. Es bestehen in diesem Bereich

langfristige Verträge mit Importeuren von

Forstprodukten.

RoPax: Wie sind die ersten Monate gelaufen

mit der erweiterten Frachtkapazität auf

der Linie Kiel-Oslo? Haben Sie schon Zahlen?

Dr. Claus: Seit Januar bestehen zehn Abfahrten

je Woche und Richtung zwischen

Kiel und der norwegischen Hauptstadt.

Die hohe Frequenz und Geschwindigkeit

der Fähren erlauben attraktive Transitzeiten,

um zusätzliche Trailer-Verkehre von

der Straße auf den Seeweg zu verlagern.

Wir befinden uns hier in der Anlaufphase

und wollen auch den kombinierten Ladungsverkehr

bei den Vor- und Nachläufen

stärker entwickeln. Wir sind zuversichtlich,

dass dieses erweiterte Produkt

von den Kunden gut angenommen wird.

RoPax: Welche Perspektiven bietet der

Seehafen Kiel seinen RoRo- und Fährkunden

für die Zukunft ? Wird es mehr Flächen

geben? Wie wird das geplante Truckerhotel

angenommen? Welche weiteren

Verbesserungen wird es geben?

Dr. Claus: Derzeit investieren wir rund 9

Mio. Euro in die Erweiterung des Vorfeldes

des Ostuferhafens. Hiervon profitieren sowohl

die Lkw-Verkehre ins Baltikum als

auch die Kunden des SCA Forstproduktterminals.

Direkt am Hafenvorfeld befindet

sich auch die neue Unterkunft für Trucker,

die exklusiv an Speditionen vermietet wird,

sobald die Bauarbeiten am Hafenvorfeld

abgeschlossen sind. Bereits im Mai wurde

am Norwegenkai die erste Landstromanlage

des Kieler Handelshafens in Betrieb genommen.

Im kommenden Jahr folgen

Strom anschlüsse am Ostsee- und Schwedenkai.

Ki el will einer der ökologischsten

Häfen in Europa werden und eine

Benchmark in Bezug auf Umweltverträglichkeit

setzen.

RoPax: Danke für die Informationen.


JPE

The safe road

– for you cargo to Norway

RoPax 9 / 05.2019


INTERVIEW / 53

Hirtshals Port

Hirtshals continue growth

The port of Hirtshals in the North of the Danish Jutland recognized a continues growth in cargo traffic and

passenger traffic. The port invests in a new berth and will increase the cargo capacities for upcoming new

traffic. RoPax had a chat with the managing director of Hirtshals port Jens Kirketerp Jensen.

RoPax: How was the development in 2018

for port of Hirtshals? Do you recognized

more freight loads from Norway or Belgium?

Jens Kirketerp Jensen: In 2018 the development

at the Port of Hirtshals has

again been positive, as the number of

trucks/trailers transported over the port

has increased with another 6.000 units,

and the cargo volume reaches 147.000

units and 1,9 mill. tons. Mainly the growth

in cargo unites are related to the ferry

traffic to the five destinations in Norway,

but as well the cargo volume on Belgium

and Sweden on the CLdN service are increasing

due to the fact the more forwa

rders, transport companies and cargo

owners are being aware of route between

Zeebrugge, Hirtshals and Gothenburg,

and recognize the climate friendly and

efficient alter native to cargo transport by

road that the service offers to the transport

buyers.

RoPax: You will invest in new berthes for

Ro Ro vessel which is written in your

masterplan and actual you are building

berth 4 for the new catamaran of Fjord

Line. Where do you see the growth in

the future more cargo or more passengers?

Jens Kirketerp Jensen: The Port of Hirtshals

invests in the period 2019 – 2020 in a

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new berth that can be called by both Fjord

lines new catamaran, which will operate

the Hirtshals – Kristiansand route from

spring 2020, and conventional ro/rovessels.

At the Port of Hirtshals we expect

the fastest increase in activities and transported

unit in the cargo business. The

growth in passenger traffic are depending

on the development in tourism business in

both Norway and northern Denmark,

which means that growth is expected to be

“At the Port of Hirtshals

we expect the fastest

increase in activities

and transported unit

in the cargo business.”

a reality in a horizon of three to four years.

As comes for the cargo business we have

the reason to expect that the growth that

we have experienced over the last 10 years

will continue. The increasing number of

cargo units are expected due to the fact

that more and more cargo owners recognize

the customers’ demands for climate

friendly transport of goods. Transport of

goods between the European continent

and Norway, and vice versa, can be performed

with a lower emission of climate

harmful gasses and with a higher economic

benefit by sea on the ferries between

Hirtshals and few destinations in Norway

instead of driving by road through Sweden

and over the mountains in Norway. The

direct transport by sea is safer and more

climate friendly, and this fact will be

recognized by forwarders and the industry

over the next years.

RoPax: How succesfull is the young connection

from Zeebrugge to Hirtshals and

do you plan more facilities for the cargo as

a hub function?

Jens Kirketerp Jensen: We believe that the

CLdN service between Zeebrugge, Hirtshals

and Gothenburg is successful and the

potential in the service and the services

connections with Color Line, Fjord Line

and Smyril Line to Norway, the Faroe

Island and Iceland is incredible large, and

the cargo volume will increase over the

coming years.

The Port of Hirtshals follows the development

in the number of cargo units, and the

port will increase the capacity of the terminal

facilities, so it will meet the demand

from the transport industry.

RoPax: Thank you very much.


JPE


54 / REPORT

JPE

Wasaline

Strong Growth and a New Ferry Ordered

Ferry AB /OY operates the

NLC “Wasa Express” under the

brand of Wasaline across the Kvarken

Strait between Umea in Sweden and Vaasa

in Finland. The company is owned by

the town of Vaasa and the municipality

of Umea. Some years ago, the former RG

Line went bankrupt and the service between

these two important Nordic cities

were interrupted. In 2013 the two cities

founded the new Wasaline, also known

as Kvarken Link. It is a small shipping

company with a big heart.

In 2019 Wasaline signed a contract with

Rauma Marine Constructions to build a

new RoPax vessel. In recent years the company

has recorded a continued growth in

freight and passenger traffic and this

success has been cultivated by the managing

director, Peter Stahlberg, and his team.

In 2018 Wasaline increased its market

share in passenger traffic between Finland

and Sweden with a new record year

recorded since the service started in 2013.

Passengers increased by 6.2% passengers,

car traffic increased by 6.3% and freight

traffic grew by 2.2% in 2018.

Main car deck of Wasa Express.

JPE

RoPax travelled aboard the 17,053gt/1981

built “Wasa Express,” a ship constructed

in Finland as the legendary “Travemünde”

by the former Wärtsilä Shipyard for the old

Gedser–Travemünde Ruten. The veteran

RoPax ferry is in very good condition and

Wasaline has invested a lot into the passenger

facilities. The ferry also offers day trips

for passengers from Vaasa to Umea and

additional short conference cruises. On

deck 8 the former Duty-Free Shop and

Pullman Seat area has become a new conference

centre with different sized meeting

and presentation rooms.

The old lady is still attractive with her two

restaurants and a huge bar area. The cargo

traffic is based on accompanied trucks

from the large logistic companies of the

North but also unaccompanied trailers

and containers for the forest industry are

conveyed on board every day.

NEW ROPAX FERRY ORDERED

The new Wasaline RoPax ferry will be

ready for the end of May 2021 and is a local

concept, designed by Wärtsilä, which has

one of its offices in Vaasa. The ferry will

have capacity for 800 passengers and 1,500

lanemetres for freight. Among the ship’s

outstanding features will be the hybrid

propulsion solution. This will incorporate

four highly efficient Wärtsilä 31DF dualfuel

engines capable of operating on

liquefied natural gas (LNG) and biogas. The

diesel version of the Wärtsilä 31 has been

recognised by Guinness World Records as

being the world’s most efficient 4-stroke

diesel engine. Wärtsilä will also supply the

LNG storage, supply and control systems, as

well as the thrusters, catalyzers, controls,

Captain Johannes Sjöholm and purser

Bjarne Birn.

and the integrated electrical and automation

systems. The latter will incorporate an

energy and power management system to

optimise the use and operation of the

hybrid power solution. The combination of

the Wärtsilä 31DF engines, hybrid propulsion,

and LNG and BioLNG fuel will establish

this ferry as a benchmark in efficiency

and sustainability. The CO2 emissions, for

example, will be reduced by more than 50

percent compared to Wasaline’s current

ferry on this route.

WÄRTSILÄ STANDS FOR HIGH

QUALITY AND RELIABILITY:

“We know and trust their products. For

example, our existing ship is powered

by a Wärtsilä Vasa 32 engine that has

already accumulated an incredible 200,000

hours of operation. This outstanding

reliability is an example of why we have

selected Wärtsilä again,” says Peter Ståhlberg

CEO at Wasaline. The new ferry will

improve service and transport between

Finalnd and Sweden by a complete Finish

concept with mainly Finish suppliers.


JPE

JPE

RoPax 9 / 05.2019


INTERVIEW / 55

Ferry Summit

RoPax 9 / 05.2019


FSG

Irish Ferries


NEWBUILDING / 57

Irish Ferries W. B. Yeats

A New Ferry Tale Begins

Anew era in the history of Ireland-

France ferry services began on 30th

May 2016 when the Irish Continental

Group (ICG) placed a €144 million order

with Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft

(FSG) in Flensburg, Germany, for a new

ship to operate Irish Ferries’ Dublin-Cherbourg

service March-September

and Dublin-Holyhead over the winter

months. For the time being, the winter

service to Cherbourg will be handled by

the chartered 26,375gt/2011 built Epsilon,

a Visentini built Ro-Pax ship that

also operates Dublin-Holyhead in the

summer (until another newbuild is

delivered in 2020).

ICG secured €75m in financing from The

European Investment Bank (EIB) towards

the capital cost of the new ship with a further

€80m made available for the second

newbuild project, which has commanded

a price of €162.5m. These long-term loans

were made under the EU’s Green Shipping

initiative, aimed at supporting newbuild

or retrofit projects regarded as having

particular merits as to emission-reducing

and energy-saving elements.

The present-day ferry service between the

two countries can trace its roots back to

1973 when Irish Continental Line was

Fixed ramp to upper car deck.

FSG

FSG

Bridge central cockpit

formed as a joint venture between Irish

Shipping, Fearnley & Eger and Swedish

company Lion Ferry. The first route was

Rosslare-Le Havre using the 7,819gt/1973

built Saint Patrick. When Irish Shipping

went into liquidation in 1984, Irish Continental

Line was the subject of a management

buyout and re-emerged as Irish

Continental Group.

The steel cutting ceremony for Yard No.

771, Irish Ferries’ first newbuild since 2001

and the first new Ireland-France service

newbuild since the Saint Patrick in 1973,

took place at FSG on 7th April 2017. The

ship’s name was announced in October

2017 as W. B. Yeats, the result of an online

naming competition that attracted 100,000

entries. He was an Irish poet and one of the

foremost figures of 20th-century literature.

DELAYED DELIVERY

The W. B. Yeats was named by Ms Rikki

Rothwell, daughter of ICG Chief Executive

Eammon Rothwell, at FSG on 19th January

2018 and the ship’s hull was subsequently

launched from the covered

shipbuilding hall at 12.00 local time.

The original maiden voyage was scheduled

for 6th July 2018 but on 20th April Irish

Ferries had to announce that all sailings

12th-29th July had been cancelled. Then,

on 6th July all 2018 France-Ireland bookings

on the W. B. Yeats were announced as

cancelled due to delays with deliveries and

the fitting out process.

Ironically, FSG had expanded its ferry

building ambitions from Ro-Ro to Ro-Pax

to boost profitability but the latter is a far

more complex field. Indeed, FSG has

endured very public problems with the

completion of CalMac’s 8,680gt/2014 built

Loch Seaforth, the 51,388gt W. B. Yeats

and now the 42,500gt Honfleur.

Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft was

founded in 1872 and the yard has built

over 750 ships, including Offshore and

Ro-Ro vessels, passenger ferries, and naval

vessels. In December 2008 FSG was the

subject of a management buyout from the

previous Owner, the Oldendorff Group in

Lübeck, and in 2014 the shipyard became

a subsidiary of SIEM Industries following

a further rocky period financially. Losses

of around €7.5m were recorded in 2017

but still the shipyard battled on to win contracts

and complete existing orders. On

12th February, Siem Europe announced

that it had signed an agreement with an

external investor, Sapinda Holding B.V.,

for the purchase of 76% of the shares of the

business of Flensburger Schiffbau-

Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG.

Once the various construction issues had

been addressed, progress could then be

made towards the landmark stage of sea trials

and, ultimately, delivery to Irish Ferries.

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Maud Gonne Bar and Lounge area

A NEW CHAPTER

Finally, on 12th December, ICG announced

that they had taken delivery of

the much-anticipated W. B. Yeats and she

departed from the shipyard on 15th

December. The first port of call for berthing

trials was Cherbourg on 18th December

followed by Rosslare the next day. A

celebratory arrival at her homeport of

Dublin was justifiably made on the morning

of 20th December under the command

of Captain Peter Ferguson. On the same

day as the new ship arrived home for the

first time came the news that the Rosslare-France

services would not operate in

2019 and that the W. B. Yeats was deemed

too large to serve the port of Roscoff. Irish

Ferries gave the contractual 6 months’

notice to withdraw from the Brittany port,

thus leaving Cherbourg as the only French

destination now offered by the company.

Furthermore, the Irish port for all sailings

to Normandy would be Dublin, offering an

18-hour voyage time.

SO, WHAT DOES THE NEW IRELAND-

FRANCE SHIP HAVE TO OFFER?

Well, firstly her vital statistics are a

gross tonnage of 51,388gt, an overall

length of 194.80m, a 31.60m beam and

a draught of 6.715m. The machinery spaces

are located midships to aft in Decks 1 &

2 with two main engine rooms, port and

starboard. There are four 8,400kW MAK

8M43C marine diesel engines from Caterpillar

Motoren GmbH & Co. KG operating

a diesel- mechanical propulsion system

driving twin controllable pitch propellers

through a pair of Siemens reduction gears.

Each of the main engines is an eightcylinder

model to provide a total power

concentration of 33,600kW (45,100 hp)

with a service speed of 22.5 knots (41.6

kph).

To allow continued use of heavy fuel oil

and meet the toughest sulphur controls in

any area, the vessel is equipped with

exhaust gas scrubbers.

Manoeuvrability in port is assisted by

three FU93 Brunvoll AS transverse tunnel

bow thrusters whilst stability at sea is

assisted by a pair of SKF Type 2 retractable

fins, each with a surface area of 9m 2 and

weighing 40t.

The ship is all about carrying freight and

this is demonstrated by three decks capable

of handling such cargo. The ship offers

2,800 lane-metres for freight (165 trucks)

and a total CEU (car equivalent unit)

capacity of 1,216.

Flensburg Yard FSG

CRUISE-FERRY OR ROPAX?

The W. B. Yeats has accommodation

(berths) for 1,800 passengers and 135

crewmembers in 435 passenger cabins and

60 crew cabins. The passenger spaces are

spread over 4 decks (8-11)

and the majority of the cabins are on Deck

8 and two thirds of Deck 9. Overlooking

the bow are three premium suites on Deck

8, namely the Lissadel, Thoor Ballylee and

Coole Park. There is also a small balcony

in the port and starboard sides overlooking

the bow, accessed from the Coole Park

and Lissadel suites. The remainder of the

bright and airy cabin accommodation consists

of inside and outside varieties. Crew

areas and the Navigation Bridge are situated

in the forward section of Deck 9 and

along the port side in the form of a 44 seat

Crew Mess, a 15 seat Day Room, a 20 seat

Officer’s Mess and a 16 seat Officer’s Day

Room. The daytime/evening facilities are

to be found throughout Deck 10 and within

the forward half of Deck 11. Overlooking

the bow on Deck 10 is the 183 seat Innisfree

Club Class Lounge, named after an

uninhabited island in Lough Gill. W. B.

Yeats also produced a poem entitled The

Lake Isle of Innisfree plus Irish Ferries’

first 22,365gt/1995 built newbuild Ro-Pax

was christened the Isle of Innisfree (now

operating in New Zealand as the Kaitaki).

This lounge offers an assortment of lounge/

at-table seating and reclining seats. The area

is used by premium cabin occupants on

the Cherbourg services. The décor is in

shades of beige, brown, grey and gold.

Adjoining the lounge on the port side is

the 108-seat The Lady Gregory a La Carte

Restaurant, named after a friend and

patron of W. B. Yeats. He wrote The Wild

Swans at Coole whilst staying with her. On

the starboard side here is the 71-seat Wild

Swans Freight Drivers Lounge and Restaurant

– continuing the W. B. Yeats theme.

The restaurant is on the lower level and the

110-seat lounge is up the staircase on Deck

11 but is only accessed via the Deck 10

entrance.

Midships is the 663 seat Boylan’s Brasserie,

which takes up most of this area with the

Reception and associated lounge on the

starboard side. A central staircase leads up

to the retail outlet on Deck 11. The aft

section of this deck offers the Salley

Flensburg Yard

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Gardens Kids Room (named after Yeats’

poem Down by the Salley Gardens), 170

seat Café Lafayette (port side), The 56 seat

The Abbey Cinema and 44 seat The Peacock

Cinema (TV style lounges – starboard

side plus a small 97 seat lounge & a

kiosk serving drinks and popcorn at the

entrance) and the 96 seat Hazel Wood

Quiet Lounge with reclining seating.

Further cabins are located on the stern.

table and bench seating. There is also an

imitation fireplace. This area is named

after Maud Gonne MacBride (1866-1953),

an English born Irish revolutionary, actress

and suffragette. The sizeable onboard

shop (350sqm) is on this deck with the

large Drumcliffe Promenade Deck occupying

the aft portion of Deck 11, either side

and aft of the funnel casing. Drumcliffe is

a village in County Sligo and is the final

resting place of W. B. Yeats himself.

One of the luxury cabins

There is also a W. B. Yeats trail through the

passenger spaces with 10 examples of

poem verses and information on display

relating to the man himself. One level up

on Deck 11 forward is the 344-seat Maud

Gonne Bar & Lounge where the décor is

repeated and the seating is low back at-

Flensburg Yard

The W. B. Yeats is a modern RoPax with a

dynamic profile and a timeless décor designed

by Steen Friis Design A/S and OSK

Shiptech A/S that shows a definite Scandinavian

influence with easy on the eye

pastel colours, a minimalist approach to

fixtures and fittings and stylish seating.

The new flagship won her first awards the

Ferry Concept Award and the Interior

Architecture Award and another award

was bestowed upon the ship in the form of

the ‘Ferry of the Year 2019’ award at the

annual Ferry Shipping Summit.

Sincere thanks must go to Deirdre Geraghty

of Q4 PR (Irish Ferries’ PR Agency),

Birte.Sell of FSG, Robbie Cox and David

Flannagan for the supply of information

and images/diagrams. Andrew Cooke

Flensburg Yard

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60 / DATA SHEET

W. B. Yeats

Irish Ferries

W. B. YEATS DATA SHEET

Owner: Irish Continental Group PLC Ferryport, PO Box 19,

Alexandra Road, Dublin Port, Dublin 1, Ireland

Operator: Irish Ferries Ltd

Yard:

Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG (FSG)

Location: Flensburg, Germany

Yard No.: 771

IMO No.: 9809679

Ship Type: Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship

Classification: 1A Ferry(A) BIS DG(P) E0 NAUT(AW) TMON

ICE-1A except propellers

Class:

DNV GL

Flag:

Cyprus

Port of Registry: Limassol

Launched: 19th January 2018

Date of delivery: 12th December 2018

Service:

Dublin-Holyhead/Cherbourg

PASSENGER CAPACITIES

Total capacity: 1,800 passengers

Facilities: 5x lounge areas, Driver’s Restaurant,

Restaurant/Brasserie/Café, Shop & 2x cinema lounges

Accommodation:

Passenger Cabins: 435

Crew Cabins: 60

Berths: 1,885

Crew: 135

PROPULSION

Main engines: 4x MAK 8M43(C) - Caterpillar Motoren GmbH & Co. KG

Total Power Output: 33,600kW (Main Engines)

Auxiliary Engines: 4x CAT 8M20C diesel units

Emergency Generator: 1x S12R-M(P)TA, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.,

Sagamihara Machinery Works

Gear boxes: GVL 1700 Siemens AG

Propellers: 2x 5m diameter CAT Controllable Pitch MPP 1700. 127rpm

Thrusters: 3x FU93 Brunvoll AS Transverse Tunnel Thrusters

Stabilisers: Two SKF Type 2 Fins with Surface area of 9m2 each &

weighing 40t

Service speed: 22.5 knots (41.47kph)

PRINCIPAL DIMENSIONS

Length overall: 194.80 m

Length b.p.: 186.50 m

Beam:

31.60 m

Beam (Extreme): 32.124 m

Hull Depth: 10.00 m

Hull Draught: 6.50 m (design)

Hull Draught: 6.715 m (scantling)

Freeboard: ---- mm

Deadweight: 7,947 DWT

Gross tonnage: 51,388 GT

Net tonnage: 26,479 NT

CARGO ACCESS

Stern Access:

Deck 3:

Twin stern ramps

Deck 5:

Twin doors/open

Deck 7: deck area, Ramp access from Deck 5

Bow Access:

Deck 3:

Clamshell doors

Deck 5:

Hydraulic door

Deck 7: Ramp access from Deck 5

Internal ramp(s): Deck 2 (fixed), Deck 3-5 (hoistable), Deck 5-7 (fixed)

Lane width: 2.5m-3.5m

REMARKS

Contract Date: 30th May 2016

Keel Laid: 11th September 2017

Anchor Chain Length: 660m

Ballast Capacity: 3565.4 m3

Freshwater Tanks Capacity: 679 tonnes

Laid down: 11th September 2017

In service: 22nd January 2019

Maiden arrival in Dublin 20th December 2018

Cost: 144 million (151 incl. Exhaust scrubbers)

Construction: The W.B. Yeats was built in 15 months

Anchors & Chains: 2 Anchors 7.8 tonnes each and 12 shackles of chains, around 330m

Distance Travelled Per Annum: Over 210,000kms

CAPACITY OF DECKS Deck-area in sqm Deck Free Height (Net) Deckload (ton / sqm) Cars Trucks/Trailers Lanemetres

Deck 2 Lower Hold:

Deck 3:

Deck 5:

Mezzanine Deck 6 (Starboard side)

Car Garage Deck 7: 300

Total: 1,216 165 2,800

RoPax 9 / 05.2019


DATA SHEET / 61

All fotos FSG

RoPax 9 / 05.2019


62 / REPORT

Stena Line

Niclas Mårtensson

shows optimistic outlook

Stena started last year a huge investment

program in new tonnage. The

popular E-Flexer RoPax ferries will come

into service in the next years. The order

and shipbuilding process is controlled

and managed by Stena RoRo. Stena Line

ordered in total 5 E Flexer RoPax of different

size the first two „Stena Estrid“

and „Stena Edda“ are floated and in the

last stage of construction process at AV-

IC Weihai yard in China. They will sail at

the Irish Sea together with the third „Stena

Embla“. All RoPax will have a length

of 214 meters and a capacity of 3.100

lanemeter . Additional the two more ordered

E Flexer will be bigger with an

length of 240 meter and capacity of 3.600

lane meters. Another three E-Flexer will

be delievered to Brittany ferries and one

to DFDS for its channel services. RoPax

asked the CEO of Stena Line, Niclas

Mårtensson talked about the current situation

of the business.

RoPax: How is the development of Stena

Line ? Where are the booming lines and

where do you see room for improvement?

- Poland traffic still increasing and why did

you closed your line to Nynäshamn?

Niclas Mårtensson: The growth continued

in our business during 2018, though it was

slightly lower than 2017. Freight, and passenger

volumes grew by 2 percent and cars

by 3 percent during 2018 and Stena Line

increased market shares on several of our

markets. The positive development continues

during this year. In general we have a

very high activity within our business with

a huge ship transfer program during last

year and our newbuilding program progressing

in China. The first vessel is

planned to be in operation from beginning

of 2020. Connected to our ship transfers

during last year, decision was taken to

“The new vessels

represents the next

generation of RoPax

ferries designed in line

with Stena Lines

strategic commitment

to sustainability and

will be highly fuel

efficient to help reduce

emissions.”

suspend the RoRo-service on Gdynia-

Nynäshamn and focus our investments in

this region on the route between Karlskrona

and Gdynia, where we believe in continued

strong growth in the coming years.

When Stena Nordica soon returns to the

route after a period of being relief vessel

during docking periods on the Irish Sea,

the route will once again be operated by 4

vessels.

JPE

RoPax: How is Stena Line prepared for the

Brexit?

Niclas Mårtensson: Like many other businesses,

we have voiced our concerns about

the high level of uncertainty that has existed

around Brexit and negotiations. The

lack of clarity has made it very difficult for

all business within the supply-chain to

plan or prepare business post the Brexit

deadline. We have been working closely

with authorities, customers and other

stakeholders both in the Netherlands, the

UK and Ireland to keep up to date with developments

to be able to prepare. Also, we

have a Brexit group internally preparing

our business from different perspectives.

RoPax: The first E Flexer will come to the

Irish Sea . Do you plan more new vessels of

this type on other routes ?

Niclas Mårtensson: In total we are building

5 new vessels on the AVIC Weihai

Shipyard in China. The first one will go into

operation on Holyhead-Dublin and the

following two will operate on Belfast-Liverpool.

Regarding the last two, that are

larger than the first three, we have not yet

decided on which route they will operate.

The new vessels represents the next generation

of RoPax ferries designed in line with

Stena Lines strategic commitment to sustainability

and will be highly fuel efficient

to help reduce emissions. The investment

underscores our commitment and determination

to deliver the best possible

freight and travel experience for our customers.

Stena Line continues to shape the

industry for the next generation of freight

and leisure passengers.

RoPax: How are the first results of your

battery project at Stena Jutlandica?

Niclas Mårtensson: The results are above

expectations. By using batteries and thus

reducing the use of diesel generators, approximately

500 tonnes of fuel are saved

annually, and CO2 emissions are reduced

by 1,500 tonnes. This corresponds to the

amount that 600 passenger cars emit annually.

So far, it seems that we have 35 percent

fewer operating hours on the generators

with the batteries. In addition to the

fuel savings, it is about savings on lubricating

oil and less wear on the generators. Another

positive effect is increased security of

supply, as we now have constant access to

electricity. If the generators fail, we have

the batteries back up, so we avoid blackout

on board.

If something happens to the generators,

there is power for 30-40 minutes of electricity

from the batteries, which will be

able to supply all electrical installations on

board if necessary.

RoPax: Thanks a lot for the information.

JPE


RoPax 9 / 05.2019


REPORT / 63

WDR expandiert

Neuer Katamaran

und Wohnmobilkonzept

ie Wyker Dampfschiffsreederei

D (WDR) betreibt erfolgreich mit

ihren 5 Autofähren den Versorgungsverkehr

zu den Nordfriesischen Inseln

Fö hr und Amrum sowie zu den Halligen

Hooge und Langeneß. Seit Mitte Mai

diesen Jahres hat die Reederei einen neuen

Passagierkatamaran in Dienst gestellt.

Das neue Schnellschiff „Adler

Rüm Hart“ wird für die Hauptsaison an

die Adler Reederei verchartert.

Die Adler Reederei von Sven Paulsen wird

den Katamaran als Zubringerdienst von

Dagebüll und Wyk auf Föhr nach Amrum

einsetzen, um dort den Anschluss zu bilden

für die Schnellfährverbindungen nach

Sylt mit dem „Adler Express“ und nach

Helgoland mit der „Adler Cat“.

Laut Axel Maynköhn , Geschäftsführer der

WDR wird es am Vormittag im Hafen von

Amrum zwischen 10 und 11 Uhr etwas

voll bzw. viel Trubel geben da zeitgleich

vier Schiffe dort festmachen werden und

die Passagiere entsprechend umsteigen

können. Die „Adler Rümhart“ wird weiter

die Halligen Hooge und Langeneß bedienen.

Der Katamaran hat Platz für 250

Passagiere und wurde von der niederländischen

Werft Scheepswerf Talsma und

dem Partnerunternehmen Conoship International

B.V. gebaut. Das besondere an

dem 34 Meter langen Katamaran ist sein

geringer Tiefgang von 1,40 m und die hohe

Geschwindigkeit von bis zu 20 Knoten.

Somit können auch bei niedrigen Wasserständen

und einer starken Tide die Fahrzeiten

gehalten werden.

Die WDR hat in den letzten Jahren mit der

Indienstellung der modernen Autofähren

„Uthlande“, „Schleswig-Holstein“ und

„Norderaue“ seine Flotte ordentlich verjüngt.

Die „Norderaue“ ist das perfekte

Schiff mit einer Fahrzeugspur mehr für

WDR

Der neue Katmaran „Adler Rüm Hart“.

LKW fährt sie jeden Morgen in Dagebüll

die Ladung für die Inseln ab. Die Frachtkunden

sind begeistert, die Doppelendfähre

hat den geringsten Verbrauch durch

die weiter optimierten Voith Antriebe.

Zusätzlich hat die WDR in eine neue Stellfläche

für Wohnmobile in Dagebüll investiert.

Die Nachfrage nach Stellplätzen ist in

den letzten Jahren konstant gestiegen. Auf

den Inseln gibt es nur begrenzte Stellplätze.

Jetzt können die „Camper“ direkt

hinter dem Deich stehen und die Fähren

und vor allem den neuen Katamarn für

Tagesausflüge ab Dagebüll nutzen. JPE

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In cooperation with Kombiverkehr,

Stena Line offers several intermodal

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This year, Stena Line also added

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On Rostock-Trelleborg, Stena Line

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RoPax 9 / 05.2019


Balearia

Leading LNG ferry operator

in the Mediterranean

Neubau

Hypatia

de Alejandria

Balearia


66 / NEWBUILDING

Balearia

Spanish ferry operator Balearia introduced

its first LNG ferry “Hypatia de

Alejandria” in February for the Valencia-Ibiza-Mallorca

and Barcelona-

Mallorca services. The 186m long ferry

will be followed in the coming weeks by

a sister ship, the “Marie Curie”, from the

Cantiere Navale Visentini shipyard. The

CEO of Balearia, Adolfo Utor, is pushing

his company to be the leading LNG operator

in the Mediterranean. In the next

two years 50% of the whole fleet should

be operating using LNG as fuel and in

ten years all Balearia ferries will be gas

powered. The strategy follows two directions.

Firstly, the new building of LNG

RoPax vessels and, secondly, the conversion

of existing RoPax ships to LNG

propulsion. The company has signed

long-term agreements with Naturgy, a

Spanish utility company, for the supply

of LNG until 2030, and with Rolls-Royce

and Wärtsilä providing the new LNG

engines.

The “Hypatia de Alejandria” is referred to

as a smart ferry. Balearia installed additional

solar panels on the uppermost

decks, uses only LED lighting and an antiscaling

silicone hull coating is applied to

mi nimise the water resistance. The main

engines are dual-fuel LNG units with

20,600kW of power output. The tanks are

located outside on the quarterdeck. The

combined investment for these ‘smart

ships’ is €200M (US$226M). Identical in

every respect, the ferries have a maximum

speed of 24 knots, capacity for 810 people,

2,100 lanemetres of cargo and 150 vehicles.

There are 120 four-bedded cabins on

board, all equipped with a smart TV and

bathroom.

The new ferry is a digital milestone in the

Mediterranean ferry scene. Passenger will

get access to the cabins without going

through the reception, thanks to the QR

code that customers will receive on their

mobile phone. In the pet zone, camera systems

are installed which allow passengers

to see their dogs or cats at all times through

their smartphone. The catering concept

uses self-service totems in the cafeteria

from where passengers can place their orders,

and they will be notified to pick them

up through digital screens, avoiding

queues. Moreover, there is an entertainment

platform aboard each ship that offers

all kinds of activities such as cinema and

television, online games and digital books

for reading. In all public areas Wi-Fi is

available and for free.

The “Hypatia de Alejandría” has a shop,

cafeteria and a la carte restaurant, plus jacuzzis

on the outside deck.

Balearia also placed an order with Armon

shipyard in Asturias, Spain, to build an

LNG-powered fast ferry. Balearia believes

RoPax 9 / 05.2019


INTERVIEW NEWBUILDING / / 27 67

Emanuele Grimaldi: Consolidation is

inevitable in all markets, including Spain

it where will be we the will first also of see its in kind the in future the world. fewer

The players fast active ferry will in the be named domestic “Eleanor ferry Rooseveltness.

with a length of 123 metres, a beam

busi-

of 28 metres and a space for 1,200 passengers

RoPax:

and

ACL

250

is

cars.

operating

The fast

the biggest

ferry will

RoRo

be

larger

in the world

than

how

the 7,109gt/2013

are the results

built

and how

LNG

is

powered Incat “Francisco” of Argentinian

the coverage of the new bigger capacity?

shipping company Buquebus and resembles

the profile of Molslinjen’s

Emanuele Grimaldi: The market in which

ACL is operating is extremely competitive.

11,345gt/2019 built “Express 4.”

Freight rates on the North Europe-North

America routes, especially for containers,

EU SUBSIDIES

The

are put

rebuild

under

process

great

of

pressure.

existing vessel started

ACL

last

has

year

completed,

with a subsidy

over the

of 20%

last two

from

years,

EU

funds. the deployment In total €72 of million the five G4-class Euro will vessels be invested

which have in the a installation significantly of higher LNG systems loading

aboard capacity six compared vessels from to the its existing predecessors fleet.

Baleària (+70% for has containers, already retrofitted +100% the for Ro-Pax cars,

“Napoles” +40% for ro/ro and the units) “Abel while Matutes” operating was costs still

being remain converted roughly the in May same. 2019. These The economies Napoles

is of now scale, a combined smart ship with and the completed mix of cargo her

rebuilding transported, process are allowing at GibYards ACL to in face Gibraltar

challenges before of returning the market to service in which on it the is

the

operating.

RoPax: You have started a newbuilding

program with the biggest RoRo hybrid vessels

in the world, when and where will be

the first vessel in traffic? Will you invest in

new scrubber technology?

Emanuele Grimaldi: A few days ago we

finalized a USD 800 million-worth order

with the Chinese shipyards of Jinling for

twelve ro/ro hybrid units. The first units

should enter in service not before 2020 and

CEO the last of Balearia in the Adolfo course Utor of 2022. together Nine with will the be

president of Barcelona port Mercè Conesa.

operated by Grimaldi Lines and another

three (ice-class) will be deployed by

Huelva-Canary Finnlines in the Islands Baltic and route North in cooperation

With with regards Lineas to new Fred scrubber Olsen. The technology, Napoles

Sea.

replaced when including the “Martin the above I Soler” newbuilding on this service. and

The lengthening change to projects dual fuel announced, engines allows we can the

ship

say that

to operate

in the last

on

four

LNG

years

or

Grimaldi

MGO. The

committed

to

installation

of

an

a

expense

200t capacity

of over

LNG

€ 1,5

tank

billion

provides

for the

a

building

range of 1,200

of 25 green

miles and

units,

involves

and to

an

an

investment

expense of

of

about

almost

€ 300

€12.5

million

million.

for about

Balearia reduces CO2 emissions by up to

150 green retrofit interventions on existing

35%, NOx by 85% and sulphur and particles

by 100% with every LNG vessel con-

ships. All in all nearly € 2 billion which will

be all spent in actions aimed at reaching environmentaverted.

The “Abel Matutes” already has her

LNG tanks installed

excellence

at the

and

time

at curbing

of writing.

polluting

The conversion

emissions.

to gas propulsion systems

was

The

made

positive

whilst

effect

the

of these

ship

investments

remained afloat

and

in

of

Valencia:

spreading

The

of

two

good

MAK

environmental

9M 43C main

engines friendly that practices the ship are was already built today with huge. were

Balearia

Foto: JPE

changed to dual fuel 9M 46 DF MAK engines

that can use both LNG and MGO.

It is expected that the work on the ship will

be completed at the end of June 2019. The

ferries “Sicilia,” “Bahama Mama” and

“Martín i Soler” are yetto be converted to

LNG, along with another ferry that will

not receive any subsidies from CEF funds.

The ships will all be completed by the end

of 2021.

The EU is subsidising 50% of a Balearia

project to monitor fuel consumption and

ship emissions in real time. The European

Union has approved a subsidy for half of

the green and connected ports project, of

which Balearia is a part, and which aims to

measure in real time both the fuel consumption

and the emissions generated

during the trip and the time spent in port.

Balearia is participating in the project

within a European consortium that also

includes the ports of València, Venice and

Piraeus.

The project is part of the Connecting Europe

Facility 2014-2020 (CEF Transport),

with a total budget of €7,175,700, of which

€1,195,600 has been awarded to Balearia.

The European Union will subsidise 50% of

the investment. Between 2019 and 2022

this pilot project will see the installation on

board five ships of the shipping company

(Cecilia Payne, Eleanor Roosevelt, Hedy

Lamarr, Hypatia of Alexandria and Abel

Matutes) sensors and measuring equipment

that will allow the teams to monitor

fuel consumption and emissions generated

by ships in real-time. These measurements

will be carried out in an entirely

multimodal transport chain, which combines

road transport, port operations and

maritime transport.

In the the last port 6 years of Barcelona, the CO Balearia was

2 emissions per

ton/km

awarded further

transported

EU funds

were

for

reduced

a clean port

by

project.

around 40%.

Barcelona has become the first

port in the Mediterranean to supply LNG

to a ferry on a regular and continuous basis.

This project started in 2014 with the

RoPax: How is your opinion today about

LNG? More and more operators order

launch of Balearia’s plan to set up an LNG

LNG vessel.

fuelled ferry operation.

Emanuele Grimaldi: Our Group does not

believe this alternative fuel is an immediate

REDUCED PROFITABILITY

solution, at least for the time being. Its

BUT MORE PASSENGERS IN 2018

In

price

2018,

is not

Baleària

as attractive

transported

compared

4,320,000

to IFO

passengers

while, in many

(+ 11%)

countries,

and 1,209,000

especially

vehicles

in

(17%) the Mediterranean, on its 23 routes, there of is which a lack 1,109,000 of supply

Balearia

Cargo Deck

corresponded to its five international

routes. “The turnover of the foreign market

is already 22% over the global Balearia

group,” said its president, Adolfo Utor, at a

press conference. On these services, passenger

growth was 26%, while turnover exceeded

€84 million (a 16% increase). The

routes that connect the Peninsula with

North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Ceuta

and Melilla) convey more than half of the

group’s passengers, 2,277,000; thus, North

Africa is the area where the Valencian

shipping company is growing the most.

Freight traffic makes up half of Baleària’s

business and Adolfo Utor has indicated

that the growth was 3.5% (equivalent to

5,800,000 lanemetres of cargo transported).

“Currently the load is concentrated in

the Balearic Islands, with 79% of the total,

but it is a very mature market, so growth

comes from the other routes,” said Utor,

who facilities also wanted as ports to are mention located digitalisation in densely

of

inhabited

port cargo

areas.

operations. The new routes

created in 2018 are based on strategic alliances

RoPax:

with

Digitalizationthe

shipping

some

companies

operators

Marítima

set

up projects

Peregar

for

and

automatization

Fred Olsen.

and

Express,

digitali -

which strengthen the strategic position of

zation with less crew and automatize loading

processes. Are there also some projects

Baleària in the market. The high cost of the

start up of new routes, together with the

in the Grimaldi group?

increase in the price of fuel in 2018 caused

a

Emanuele

profitability

Grimaldi:

reduction.

This

Thus,

is the

despite

future and

the

fact

we are

that

studying

the shipping

it very

company

closely.

generated

€381,400,000, a 5% increase, EBITDA was

14%

RoPax:

less

Thank

(€70,300,000)

you very

and

much

the net

for

profit

the

was conversersation.

37% less (€ 27,400,000). JPE

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68 / DATA SHEET

Hypatia de Alejandría

Balearia

HYPATIA DE ALEJANDRÍA DATA SHEET

Owner:

Balearia Eurolineas Maritimas, Estacio Maritima s/n,

03700 Denia (Alicante), Spain

Operator: Balearia

Yard:

Cantiere Navale Visentini

Location: Porto Viro, Rovigo, Italy

Yard No.: Not Supplied

IMO No.: 9498755

Ship Type: Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship

Classification: AUT-PORT AUT-UMS Gas Fuelled

Flag:

Cyprus

Port of Registry: Limassol

Launched: 30th March 2018

Date of delivery: 21st January 2019

Service:

Barcelona-Palma, Valencia-Ibiza

PASSENGER CAPACITIES

Total capacity: 810 passengers

Facilities: Shop, café, self-service and a-la-carte restaurant &

Jacuzzis on the outside deck.

Accommodation: Information not supplied

Cabins:

120 – 4 berth

Beds:

480 (maximum)

Crew:

Information not supplied

PROPULSION

Main engines:

2x 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel LNG main

engines plus solar panels.

Total Power Output: 20,610kW

Auxiliaries: 3x – 9,440kW output

Emergency Generator: Information not supplied

Shaft Generator: Information not supplied

Fuel:

MGO/LNG

Gear boxes: Information not supplied

Propellers: 2x Controllable Pitch Propellers

Thrusters: Yes

Stabilisers: Yes

Service speed: 24.0 knots

PRINCIPAL DIMENSIONS

Length overall: 186.50 m

Length b.p.: 177.40 m

Beam:

25.59 m

Hull depth: 9.15 m

Hull Draught: 6.80m (Approx)

Freeboard: 3,000mm (Approx)

Deadweight: 7,718 DWT

Gross tonnage: 28,658 GT

Net tonnage: Information not supplied

CARGO ACCESS

Stern Access: Twin Ramps

Max Ramp Load: Info Not Supplied

Internal ramp(s): Info Not Supplied

Lane width: 2.95m

REMARKS

Date of Contract: 30th July 2017

Keel Laid: 21st December 2017

To accommodate passengers, the ship has three seating areas (two standard and one superior)

equipped with reclining seats and 120 cabins with capacity for up to four people, all equipped

with full baths, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, a smart TV and a digital entertainment system as well as

two cabins for people with reduced mobility. The Hypatia de Alejandría also has a shop, café,

self-service and a-la-carte restaurant in addition to Jacuzzis on the outside deck.

The name of the ship pays homage to the teacher and scientist Hypatia from Alexandria, who

offered unequalled progress in mathematics and physics. In all six of the shipping company’s

vessels have been baptised with names of pioneer women in their respective fields as part of

its commitment to one of the Sustainable Development Goals: equality and women’s empowerment.

CAPACITY OF DECKS Deck-area in sqm Deck Free Height (Net) Deckload (ton / sqm) Cars Trucks/Trailers Lanemetres

Tank top: - - - - - -

Main Deck: - - - - - -

Mezzanine Deck: - - - - - -

Upper Deck: - - - - - -

Weather Deck: - - - - - -

Total: Not Supplied Not Supplied Not Supplied 166 128 2,194 lmts

RoPax 9 / 05.2019


70 / REPORT

FRS Iberia

AML JPE

Around Spain

Traffic between Spain and Morocco still growing

The strategy of King Mohammed VI

to create huge industry zone at the

coast of the Strait of Gibraltar and to

built the biggest port “Tanger Med” in

the region to create jobs and to bring new

businesses to Morocco is a big success

story. In 2018 the port recognized 13%

more cargo flow (780.000 trucks) and 6%

more passengers. The industry zone will

get more huge companies for example

DHL will build up its Euro African Hub

with 6,000 m². Volvo and Chinese BYD

group are building it`s new car factories

in Tanger free zonearea.

Amras

New ordered RoPax for Armas

The steady growth and investments are

causing more traffic between Spain and

Morocco. Ferry operators are investing in

more tonnage. But the main route between

Algeciras and Tanger Med is operating at a

limit or with some botleneck. All big player

offer alternative routes. The FRS group

with its Spanish headoffice in Tarifa took a

very good position with its cargo hub in

Motril. The traffic inceased between Tanger

Med and popular logistic operators use

the line as realiable alternative. This summer

the company will increase its capcities

on the line between Motril and Mellila by

the chartered RoPax vessel “Golden

Bridge” This vessel, with an overall length

of 186 metres and beam of up to 24 metres,can

make the Melilla –Motril crossing

in 5 hours, meaning a reduction by 2 hours

on the current crossing time. The RoPax

“Golden Bridge” that is being completely

refurbished and adapted to the needs of

the line, will be incorporated in June. The

vessel has capacity for more than 1,500

passengers, 500 vehicles and cargo. Additional

FRS will place the chartered vessel

from Armas „Volcan de Tauce“ on the line

between Motril and Tnager Med to offer

more departures and capacity for cargo

and for passnagers. Motril will get more

and more an important cargo hub at the

Spanish coast for transports to Tanger but

also Region Mellila and Nador.

AML

Africa -Morroco Link will come back with

a second and third vessel in the next

month. After some trouble the line operated

by Greeks Attica group will offer more

departures at its route between Algeciras

and Tanger Med in competition to FRS

Iberia , Armas/Trasmed , Balearia and Interhsipping.

ARMAS TRASMEDITERRÁNEA

Armas became the leading Spanish ferry

operator position by the acquisition of

Trasmed . The 77 year old Canaryan company

is in a strong development process of

its business in all areas of Spain, Balearic

Islands, Spain North African routes and

Canary Islands. After the deal Balearia announced

an cooperation with Lineas Fred

Olsen to get a foot into the traffic between

mainland Spain and Canary islands. Today

three companies are operating to Canary

island Armas, FRS Iberia and Balearia.

Armas will expand ist fleet and network to

get a strong position. The hard competition

between the other players will continue

and new ferries will come.

Armas Trasmed Group will take over the

“Villa de Teror”, the vessel was originally

ordered by Viking Line. The New “Villa de

Teror” has dimensions of 139.1 meters in

length by 22 of width, the car deck has a

load length of 1,985 lane meters only for

cars and 609 meters for trucks, its speed

will be 23 knots, with capacity for 1,500

passengers, with 52 cabins and avant-garde

interiors, it is equipped with an outdoor

pool, bars, shop, nursery, Food Lounge area

and a VIP area. The vessel will be positioned

flexible in the fleet on different

routes.

Armas-Trasmed will position for this summer

its new 111-meter Incat “Volcan de

Tagora” to Gandia-Ibiza-Palma. It is a new

generation high-speed vessel with capaci-

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JPE

Balearia

Armas / Trasmed

Armas

ty for 1,184 passengers, of which 155 in

business class and 16 crewmembers. The

garage has two decks for 215 cars and 595

linear meters of ro-ro cargo. The contractual

service speed will be 35 knots. Classified

by DNV-GL, it has a record of 10,800

gross tons and will be powered by four

MAN 28 / 33D STC 20V engines, with a

power of 9,100 kW each, which will drive

the same number of water jets from the

Finnish manufacturer Wärtsila.

Naviera Armas and the Barreras shipyard

signed the contract for the construction of

a 190 meter long ferry vessel with a capacity

for 1,800 passengers, which will be, at

the time of delivery, the largest of its kind

built in Spain. It is an improved version of

“Volcan del Teide” and “Volcan de

Tinamar”, the new ferry will get an LNG

propulsion system.

JPE

FRS Iberia will increase its capacity by the

chartered vessel Golden Bridge; „Morroco Star“

sails for AML between Algeciras and Tanger Med,

The new RoPax „Volcan de Teror“.

The former ferry „Albayzin“ was renamed as

„Ciudad de Cadiz“ Armas follows the tradition

to name all Trasmed vessels with a name of a

Spanish city.

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RoPax: You are now 10 years CEO of

Ystad port. Could you describe the developments

oft he last years.

Björn Boström: I started in 2008 and

three particular things happened. In

beginning of September 2008 the last

weekend of August 2009 port of Ystad

turned 100 years old!

At the first September I started as managing

director the second of September

Unity Line came with ferry MV Skania the

third of September the financial crisis

struck the whole economy of Europe. But

frankly speaking we did not noticed the

economic crisis as much. In 2009 of the

52 ports in Sweden only five ports had a

positive development of the cargo and port

of Ystad was one of these five ports. From

2009 we had worked very hard together

with our partners to develop this port. We

have now more vessels in the port than

Slawek Milewicz

Mazovia in port of Swinoujscie.

Port of Ystad –

Booming gate to

Poland Ystad port is over 110 years old and it is

one of the booming ports in Sweden. The

port started to invest heavily in a new port

area for bigger ferries and with much more

ca pacity. In 2018 the port recognized an

increase in its cargo traffic to Poland and

also a huge volume lift in the traffic to

Bornholm. From September 2018 the new

operator Mols linien decreased the prices

and increased the departures. RoPax spoke

with the managing director of Ystad port

Mr Björn Boström.

Ystad Port

ever. Together with the Polish line that

goes extremely well mainly cargo trucks

and trailers and the line to Bornholm

where we have a new operator since last

September 2018. They have increased the

traffic figures by 20- 25% every month. We

will see still a good development in the

next years but we will face some reductions

or stagnations depended what is happening

around us. All ports with ferry traffic

to Poland increased their volumes. But

Ystad is still the biggest port in Sweden for

Poland traffic.

RoPax: You have the shortest distance to

Poland to work on this high cargo flow.

Björn Boström: We are working with both

Polish shipping companies. Together with

Polferries we applied for EU funds and

actually we got a huge amount of money

for building a new outer ferry port. We will

invest 90 to 100 millions Euro for the new

port area.

RoPax: How long will be the whole

construction process?

Björn Boström: 94 weeks ! It is less than 2

years and it will be completed in November

2020! The Danish company Aarsleff

started with the construction in January.

RoPax: How is your capacity from

November 2020?

Björn Boström: Today we have an

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environ mental permission from the

authorities that allows us to have 4,100

ship calls every year. All ports in Sweden

have some limitations. Today we have

3,790 calls per year. We are under the limit.

With the new port we need more calls

and we are in a process to apply for 1,000

more ship calls per year. But if we look at

the capacity the vessels will be bigger and

eventually fewer. Today we have many

vessels here but old ones. The current ship

owners buy second hand tonnage and

therefore we have a lot of them. But economically

it would be much better to have

larger vessels and fewer. Today we cannot

host larger vessel, that is why we are building

a bigger port with larger berths for

bigger ferries.

RoPax: But if we look to the distance to

Poland, it is the shortest between Sweden

and Poland and the sailing time is today

six to seven hours. Today the demand of

the industry is not to have just in time

transportation they ask for just in

sequence. The question is also to offer

more departures and more frequency to

full fill this demand?

Björn Boström: When I talk about fewer

ferries I mean the physical ferry. With

fewer vessels you can have more departures.

They can sail more and than we have

more capacity also on the line.

RoPax: If the new port in 2020 is ready

could it be that your client will concentrate

more on Ystad and traffic, which sails

today from Trelleborg will come back to

Ystad?

Björn Boström: I am not sure if they will.

If they leave Trelleborg they will open it for

more competition.

RoPax: If we look to your counter port

Swinoujscie in Poland, did they have

enough capacity to cover the upcoming

traffic?

Björn Boström: They have today one big

berth and next year they will have two

berths to host large vessels. Than they have

two big berths and we have two, which

have a length for 240 meter ferries. This is

the next generation of ferries which we will

see in the next year`s. But it will take time

to find such vessels. The only operator who

ordered such vessels is TT Line in China

but nobody knows if these new vessels will

sail between Poland and Sweden.

Polferries operates with the first cargo based RoPax old Saga Star from 1981.

RoPax: If we look at your market, you

could get more volumes in the future also

from other corridors. Today Polish trucks

with destination Copenhagen area or

Helsingborg are also using the fast and

very good connection via Rostock to

Gedser. One managing director of your

Polish operators told me they are more and

more attracting also this traffic to use the

line via Ystad. Because the road connections

will be better in the future and the

high covered motorway around Berlin is

no problem to come to Swinoujscie instead

of Rostock. How do you see this situation?

Björn Boström: If we look at the planned

Fehmarnbelt connection in 2028 or 2030.

Much will depend what will happened in

Germany and what will do the German

government to develop the Mautsystem.

That will influence the cargo flow ad also

the tourism. The Polish authorities are

looking how to fill the new motorway

system along the German border. I am not

Björn Boström

“All ports with ferry

traffic to Poland increased

their volumes.

But Ystad is still the

biggest port in Sweden

for Poland traffic.”

JPE

afraid for the future. If the market will go

down we could use our new facilities also

for existing traffic to Bornholm and the

town of Ystad will develop a new “Harbour

City“ area at the existing place of the Bornholm

terminal. We will also offer a multimodal

port also for LoLo operation. Ystad

is a growing city and it needs also space for

some new flats.

RoPax: You described you recognized an

increase in the traffic to Bornholm what is

different compared to the old operator?

Björn Boström: There are three main

reasons,

1. The new operator has bigger vessels with

more capacity for cars. The Leonora

Christina could take 362 cars and the new

Express I can take 417 cars.

2. The main reason is the Danish state put

more money into the tender. The most

critical point to win the tender was to offer

lower prices in some segments. Actually

the new operator Molslinien won because

they have lowered the price you can go for

99 Danish Kroner with one car and 5

persons to Bornholm this is very cheap.

3. Another point is, that we now have four

daily departures instead of three daily departures

in the past. On the route to Bornholm

we have a lot of weekly commuting

persons and a lot companies, which have

business at the island. The Danes are travelling

people. You can sail today at 08:30

from the island and you can go back in the

afternoon or in the evening or you sail in

the later morning from the island. With

the schedule the Bornholmer have more

possibilities to make day trips for shopping

to Sweden or Copenahgen. In summer

time they will operate with two fast ferries

additional the Max Mols will serve the line.

RoPax: Thank you very much for the conversation.

JPE

JPE

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Fjord Line Cargo growth

Fjord Line is today Norway’s second largest international ferry company for passengers and freight between

Norway, Sweden and Denmark with a market share of 20%. Fjord Line operates four vessels on five routes and

carried 1,4 million passengers and about 70,000 freight units in 2018. The Norwegian company also recorded

a 15% growth on its Strömstad (Sweden) – Sandefjord (Norway) service and, from 2020, the company will

operate with two vessels on this line. The ferry operator would like to build a new port in Vindal but it is not

finalized yet. The cargo business is expected to increase in 2019 and the first month of the year demonstrated

this additional growth. RoPax spoke with Claus Riis, Cargo Director Fjord Line about the development.

RoPax: How was 2018 in terms of freight

transportation for Fjord Line?

Claus Riis: Positive. Despite a 6 week

docking period we managed to reach our

target, matching the same level as 2017.

Stavanger/Bergen is positive and the

“oil-crises” of 2015-2016 is, so to say, over.

We have seen a positive development here

in Q1 2019. Our domestic service between

Bergen and Stavanger is also developing

positively with a very positive growth

trend recorded in Q1 2019. Building materials

are again being shipped and that is a

signal that the construction industry is on

an upward trend once again.

RoPax: Is the West corridor still your

biggest market beween Hirtshals and

Stavanger / Bergen?

Claus Riis: Yes, it is. That is our primary

route in combination with the domestic

port calls.

RoPax: Color Line increased its capacity

for freight between Oslo and Kiel do you

see more cargo flow from Oslo, and do you

recognise an increase on your operations

from Langesund?

Claus Riis: Yes, the corridor to/from Oslo

is increasing. It is an important route for us

Claus Riis

“Building materials

are again being shipped

and that is a signal

that the construction

industry is on an upward

trend once again.”

Fjord Line

and there is a potential for growth. Our

afternoon departure from Langesund is

very popular for trucks coming from Oslo.

RoPax: Between Sweden and Norway you

are operating with the wonderfully rebuilt

“Oslofjord.” Could you generate more

cargo traffic on this line? Is there a potential

for the future?

Claus Riis: Well we offer space for freight

on that route but this is mainly a passenger

service. When it comes to freight on that

corridor, it is all about the frequency of the

sailings.

RoPax: How is your cooperation with the

port of Hirtsals and the growing cargo

hub?

Claus Riis: We have a very good cooperation

with the port of Hirtshals. They focus

on cargo and are always interested in

discussing issues which could build the

hub even bigger. We see a bright future

for Hirtshals as the hub to/from Norway

as this is the most effective and most

environment friendly corridor to/from

Norway.

RoPax: Thank you very much for this

positive outlook.

JPE


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