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10 / 03.2020

INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE FOR FERRY AND RORO SHIPPING

www.ropax.de

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Stena Estrid

The first E-Flexer

Color Hybrid

Green Shipping

Grimaldi

Zero Emission in Port



EDITORIAL / 03

Corona – LNG – Brexit

Liebe Leser,

Die globale Wirtschaft sieht sich neuen Herausforderungen ausgesetzt, durch die

Verbreitung des Corona Virus. Bill Gates äußerte sich mit großer Sorge, wenn

sich das Virus in Regionen wie Afrika oder auch weiter in Asien verbreitet, dass

wesentlich mehr Menschen infiziert und sterben können. Was bedeute das für

unsere Branche der RoRo und Fährschifffahrt?

Güter aus China werden weniger in Europa eintreffen, dass hat Einfluss auf das

Frachtvolumen auf einigen Short Sea Routen und vor allem in vielen Häfen. Es

bleibt abzuwarten wie stabil die Europäische Wirtschaft und das Gesundheitssystem

gegen diesen Einfluss bestehen werden.

In vielen Gesprächen über den Kraftstoff der Zukunft mit den führenden Köpfen

in der Fährschifffahrt erkennt man den neuen Weg, sich nicht weiter auf LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) zu konzentrieren. Neue Treib stoffe

wie Ammoniak und auch Wasserstoff werden kurz und mittelfristig getestet und zum Einsatz kommen. Das Ziel der IMO (Inter national

maritime Organisation) ist klar im Jahre 2050 sollen alle Schiffe weltweit emissionsfrei zur See fahren.

Die führenden Fährreeder um die Britische Insel sind bereit für den Brexit. Auch wenn es im Kanal zu Verzögerungen in der Abfertigung

kommen kann, sind die Kapazitäten auf den langen Strecken über die Nordsee und in die Irische See erweitert worden bzw. werden

erhöht. Für die Reedereien liegt eine große Chance im Brexit alte Routen wieder mehr zu beleben und die Kapazitäten gut auszulasten.

Wir wünschen Ihnen viel Spaß mit der neuen RoPax 2020

Corona – LNG – Brexit

Dear Readers,

The global economy faces new challenges through the spread of the Corona Virus. Bill Gates has expressed great concern regarding the spread

of this deadly virus in regions such as Africa or further in to Asia, leading to the infection and deaths of substantially more people. What

impact will the virus have on our RoRo and ferry industries?

The volume of goods arriving in to Europe from China will surely become less, which will in turn have an impact on Short-Sea route cargo

volumes and, above all, in many ports. It remains to be seen how stable the European economy and the health system will be as a result of

this situation.

In many discussions about the fuel of the future with the leading Buyers in the ferry industry, there is a growing trend of not relying on LNG

(Liquid Natural Gas) as the future. New fuels such as ammonia and hydrogen have been tested in the short and medium term and are

coming to fruition. The aim of the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) is that all ships must sail worldwide emission-free by 2050.

The leading ferry operators around the British Isles are ready for Brexit. However, if delays at the Channel ports begin to build, or if

capacity issues develop, increased capacities on the longer North Sea and Irish Sea routes can offset these scenarios. Brexit also creates

great potential for the shipping companies to rejuvenate old, or expand capacities on, declining routes.

We wish you a lot of fun with the new RoPax 2020

Jan Philip Eckmann

(Herausgeber & Chefredakteur / Publisher & Editor)

RoPax 10 / 03.2020


04 / CONTENT

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CONTENT / 05

Content

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

MARKET REPORT

Wasaline – Awaiting a New Ferry ............................................................................................. 06

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

Port of Ystad – 2019 Was a Good Year...................................................................................... 08

Terberg Announces a New Generation of Yard Tractors........................................................ 08

P&O Ferries – Brexit and new strategy .................................................................................... 08

Transfennica Stable Transport Volumes ................................................................................... 10

Molslinjen Invest in New Vessels............................................................................................... 10

Traffic Between Spain and Morocco Continued Increase 2019............................................. 13

WDR – baut Tourismusangebot aus ......................................................................................... 14

INTERVIEW

Tallink See More Growth ........................................................................................................... 10

Wallenius SOL – New Growth with

Sustainable RoRo Logistic for Forest Industry......................................................................... 16

Grimaldi Invests Sustainably......................................................................................... 24

Color Line Goes Green................................................................................................................ 36

DFDS is ready for Brexit.............................................................................................................. 38

Cuxport ist für den Brexit gut vorbereitet................................................................................. 42

Attica is Reaching a New Size..................................................................................................... 44

Stena Line Expands and Modernizes its Fleet .............................................................. 54

Irish Ferries Relies on Flexibility................................................................................................ 70

Scandlines – Green and Quiet!........................................................................................ 74

NEWBUILDING

Stena Estrid .................................................................................................................... 18

Color Line’s “Green Ship“ across the Oslofjord “Color Hybrid“.................................. 32

“Villa de Teror“ – a Smart RoPax............................................................................................... 50

The Rebirth of a Danish Ferry Line “Aeroexpressen“............................................................... 62

DATA SHEET

Stena Estrid................................................................................................................................. 22

Color Hybrid................................................................................................................................. 34

Villa de Teror................................................................................................................................. 52

Red Kestrel.................................................................................................................................... 58

Aeroexpressen................................................................................................................................ 64

ALFRED......................................................................................................................................... 72

IMPRINT

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REPORT

Grimaldi Lines Zero Emission in Port............................................................................ 28

Fjord Line to Increase Capacity.................................................................................................. 40

Port of Trelleborg Growth........................................................................................................... 46

TT Line Expands.......................................................................................................................... 47

Sylt Ferry – A Real Success Story............................................................................................... 48

Balearia’s LNG Fleet Transformation............................................................................ 60

Fährverkehre Rückrad der deutschen Ostseehäfen................................................................. 66

www.ropax.de

RoPax 10 / 03.2020


06 / MARKET REPORT

Wasaline

Market Report

New Ferries, New Terminals, New Tugmaster

WASALINE –

AWAITING A NEW FERRY

Wasaline, a small ferry operator with a

high-level of customer service both ashore

and on board, transports passengers and

goods across the Kvarken Strait.

The company NLC Ferry AB /OY operates

under the brand name of Wasaline using

the RoPax ferry “Wasa Express” between

Umea in Sweden and Vaasa in Finland.

The town of Vaasa and the municipality of

Umea own the company. The managing

director, Peter Stahlberg, and his team

have developed the line to become the

success that it is. In 2019 Wasaline again

increased its market share for passenger

The first section of „Aurora Botnia“

Wasaline

Wasa Express

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traffic between Finland and Sweden. The

freight business has also developed further

and the global changes that are creating

new industrial settlements in the north of

Europe need a reliable connection between

Sweden and Finland. For example the new

Northvolt battery factory in Sweden will

deliver to the European automotive industry

its batteries, plus there are also some

factories in Finland that will need links to

the automotive industry’s new electric

revolution. Wasaline will be a part of this

new logistic chain.

In 2019 Wasaline signed a contract with

Rauma Marine Constructions to build a

new RoPax vessel. On Thursday 13 February

Rauma Marine Constructions celebrated

a traditional keel laying ceremony for

new building NB6002 for Wasaline. The

ferry will be christened “Aurora Botnia”

and will be completed in the spring of

2021. The new ship will have a capacity for

800 passengers and a cargo capacity of

1,500-lane metres. The “Aurora Botnia”

will replace the current “Wasa Express”.

The next milestone is the launch, which

will take place in the autumn of 2020. The

completed vessel will be handed over to

Wasaline in the spring of 2021. The project

amounts to approximately EUR 120 million.

The car and passenger ferry is the first

in the world to comply with the Clean

Design class listing and is equipped with

a hybrid drive system and, unusually

for RoPax ferries, electric rudder propellers.

The ship is the most environmentally

friendly large RoPax ferry currently

under construction. The four main

engines, supplied by Wärtsilä, can be

operated with both liquefied natural gas

(LNG) and liquid biogas. The ferry can

benefit from the biogas produced in

Vaasa using re cycled materials and she

will be capable of arriving and departing

from the ports on electric power

supplied from the battery bank installed

onboard.

RoPax 10 / 03.2020


MARKET REPORT / 7

MARKET REPORT / 07

Wasaline’s Peter Stahlberg kindly supplied

RoPax with some answers during a chat:

RoPax: How was 2019 for Wasaline? You

reported an increase in traffic of 7.1 % for

the summer but how was the full year

compared to 2018 and previous years?

Wasaline

Lehmann

Peter Stahlberg The new Lehmannkai Plus (+)

Peter Stahlberg: Despite a long stay at the

shipyard and the Sailors Union strike in

November, it was a good year for Wasaline

with an unchanged turnover of 19.6 million

for 2019.

RoPax: Wasaline is a success story in terms

of its development over the years and the

increase in traffic figures. What is the

secret for this success?

Peter Stahlberg: We have a great crew both

on board and on shore who have been

working hard. This has shown in the operational

figures. We are a small shipping

ing capacity to be operated by the Breton

company with a big heart.

company.

RoPax:

This new

You

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have

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started

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of

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in order

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the Great

and

Britain-Spain

do you see

this

routes.

new ship providing an extra boost in

transport She will replace volumes? the “Baie de Seine” in the

Peter fleet, which Stahlberg: will be The returned keel laying to her took owner, place

in DFDS February Seaways, 2020 in April and the 2019. planning It is also very and

construction likely that the of newbuild the “Aurora will Botnia” replace is going

chartered according Ro-Ro to schedule. ship MN I Pelican, look forward whose

the

to charter 2020 and has with recently the great been crew extended that we until have

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LEHMANN GROUP LÜBECK

Growth and huge investment

The Lehmann Group is an owner-managed,

innovative and environmentally oriented

enterprise with Hanseatic roots. As the largest

private terminal operator, Lehmann

has four sites within the port of Lübeck with

facilities for handling a variety of Ro-Ro,

Lo-Lo, Break Bulk, Bulk, Project and Heavy

Lift cargoes, Containers and Paper/Forrest

Products. The clients for Lehmann’s Ro-Ro

facilities at Lübeck include Finnlines, Transfennica

and Holmen among others. The

company is managed by owner Holger Lehmann

and managing director Sven Lohse.

In 2019, the Lehmann Group generated

growth and handled a total volume of

approximately 2.4m tons in cargo.

New facilities

In the next three years Lehmann will invest

in a new site at Lehmannkai Plus (+),

an area formerly occupied by a power

station, The Connemara and will operates build from new Cork warehouse

to Spain

facilities and a new area alongside the

quay. delivery It of is planned the new ships to handle is complete, combined the

traffic “Etretat”, block also trains chartered from the from new Stena terminal Line,

and is likely forest to remain products. in the The fleet. existing Lo-Lo

Foto: Brittany Ferries

terminal, Lehmannkai 1, handles cellulose.

In 2019 Lehmann also invested in new

equipment including two excavators and a

new reach stacker for the CTL container

terminal. Today Lehman offers 6 block

train departures destined for Verona

(Italy) and Rosersberg (Sweden) from the

CTL terminal plus ship departures to

Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Halmstad, Oslo

and Helsingborg. At Lehmann Kai 2 a new

hall will be constructed with an extra

13.000sqm. Construction will start in

April 2020 and the new capacity will

be available at the end of 2020. The new

The “Connemara” started operation on the

hall will be used for forest products and

new mid-week Cork-Roscoff crossing in

possibly for Ro-Ro shipments. At Lehmann

May to

Kai

provide

3 another

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travel

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bulk goods.

built Ro-Pax

New generation

vessel also

Tugmasters operates a have new also twice-weekly been purchased service

for between Ro-Ro Cork handling Santander, plus the company in order to is

steadily address a investing growing need. in digitalization The “Connemara” and

a operates new IT on system one to of handle the most the popular digital processes.

vices for Brittany Ferries, which attracted

ser -

more than 80, 000 passengers each year.

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

and Lehmann’s was previously shipping known sector as will “Asterion” take delivery

operated of the between 4,800 dwat Venice coastal and Patras. bulker

and

Before “Heike that Lehmann” the ship from was the LD Royal Lines’ Bodewes Norman

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

Fotos: Faergen, Viking Line, Eckerö Line

RoPax 8 / 06.2018

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08 / MARKET REPORT

Ina Lehman will get a sister vessel „Heike Lehmann“

shipyard in the Netherlands this summer.

The newbuild is a sister ship of the 2017

built “Ina Lehmann.” The group is looking

to further increase the capacity of the shipping

fleet by investing in secondhand

tonnage. The demand for bulk transport is

growing and Lehmann will be on hand to

offer more solutions in the future.

PORT OF YSTAD –

2019 WAS A GOOD YEAR

As one of the largest ferry ports in Sweden,

located in the southern region of Skĺne,

Ystad is a natural gateway to the island of

Bornholm and Poland. During a short chat

with the port director, Björn Boström, he

reported that everything has started well

for 2020 and ended well for 2019!

Ystad port lost a rail ferry service when

Green Cargo and PKP closed its business in

2019, but the good news is that the port now

has a higher occupancy rate on the vessels

sailing from Ystad and such con tinued positive

development is expected in 2020.

Traffic to Bornholm again set new records

Polferries in port of Ystad

for passengers and passenger cars in 2019,

a trend that continued into January!

The expansion project is going according

to plan and is expected to be completed at

the end of 2020. Ystad will open a new port

area in 2021 with two new RoRo berths for

large RoPax vessels of up to 250 metres in

length. In 2022 Ystad will also be home

to the largest catamaran to serve the

expanding route to Bornholm.

TERBERG ANNOUNCES A NEW

GENERATION OF YARD TRACTORS

These innovative Yard Tractors are even

more robust and durable than the YT182/

YT222 and even easier to maintain and

update. They are compatible with all power

options (diesel, electric and later hydrogen)

and ready for the future. The new Terberg

YT Series are designed for use at

ports, distribution centers, industrial sites

and airports. Deliveries of the initial models,

the YT193 and YT223, will start the

summer of 2020.

Reederei Lehmann

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The new Terberg YT Series is a multifunctional

platform. It enables Terberg to offer

all power options (stage 5 certified diesel

engines, 3rd generation electric drives and,

at a later stage, hydrogen fuel cell drivelines).

These Yard Tractors also form the

new platform for the automated Auto­

TUGTM. This range enables Terberg to

contribute to a cleaner future, help reduce

fuel consumption using state-of-the-art

engine technology, and make transport

more sustainable. The extremely robust

and durable chassis ensures a very long life

and high residual value.

Practical features

Terberg is also introducing a number of

improvements to facilitate day-to-day operations

and improve productivity. For example,

the fuel tank and AdBlue tank are

located on the same side, and the fuel tank

capacity is significantly higher than before.

The upgraded hydraulics provide improved

functional safety and better control

of the lowering of the lifting frame. There

is now also a sensor to measure the fifth

wheel height.

The new Yard Tractor of Terberg

P&O FERRIES –

BREXIT AND NEW STRATEGY

P&O Ferries is a leading pan-European

ferry and logistics company, operating

more than 20 vessels sailing on eight major

routes including England to France,

Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland,

Holland, and Belgium. P&O operates intermodal

continental hubs at Zeebrugge

and Europoort and has an own logistics

arm, P&O Ferrymasters. Every year 8.4

million passengers, 1.6 million cars, and

2.2 million freight units are carried.

The Dubai based company DP World owns

P&O Ferries as part of companies, which

belongs via a holding company, to the government

of Dubai. P&O Ferries is a small

unit in the DP World group. Long time the

leaders in DP World had not the main focus

on the ferry business. DP world has

56.000 employees and operates 56 container

and logistic terminals around the world.

In the past years P&O Ferries concentrate

on the ferry lines between UK and continental

Europe. Today P&O Ferries operates

20 ferries and the new strategy is ready

Terberg

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MARKET REPORT / 09

to increase the prodcutivity by the new

ordered double end ferries for Calais – Dover

line. P&O ferries invest €260 million at

Guangzhou Shipyard International Ltd

with an option for two more of this type.

The largest ships ever to sail between Dover

and Calais, the first of the 230-metre

super-ferries will be operational by 2023.

The new ferries will shorten the crossing

time by 15 minutes. Some of the old ferries

will be replaced and the number of ships

can be reduced while increasing pax and

cargo capacity and maintaining the same

frequency. This solution will also cover all

issues caused by the upcoming Brexit and

possible custom control times.

Innovation on the channel

The new double end ferries will cut fuel use

by 40 per cent through a combination of

fuel and battery propulsion. After long discussions

with ports, unions, ship architects

it is the first time that real double end ferries

will serve the short distance between UK

and France. In Scandinavia for over 40 years

are double end ferries successful in use.

They stay for more capacity faster turn

around times and a reduction of the fleet

size. – More revenue with less resource!

The new ferries have a lot of innovations.

An efficient power management system to

close down parts of the ship when are not

in use. During peak summer season the

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Spirit of Britain

ship will carry 1,500 people. However,

during off-peak sailings, up to two thirds

of the ship can be closed and the power

management system will use innovative

software to turn off the lighting and

ventilation in empty areas as well as optimizing

the utilization of engines, batteries

and energy recovered from waste heat.

A revolutionary new shape of hull for the

English Channel with azimuth thrusters,

which increase manoeuvrability of the

ship. The hull will be far broader than that

of the ferries they replace on the Channel,

making it feasible to have two azimuth

thrusters at each end of the ship which will

improve the vessel’s manoeuvrability, help

drive it through the water and eliminate

the need to turn around in port.

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.

RoPax 10 / 03.2020


10 / MARKET REPORT

Tallink See More Growth

Tallink group operates 14 ferries under the brand Tallink from Estonia

to Finland and Sweden, and from Sweden to Latvia. The lines between

Sweden via Aland island and Finland run under the brand of Silja Line.

The Estonian company reported 2018 a revenue of 950 million Euro

and transported 9.8 million passengers. CEO Paavo Nõgene reports to

RoPax the actual situation of Tallink`s business.

Artist Impression of the new P&O double

end ferry

P&O

Paavo Nõgene

RoPax: You reported in 2019 Tallink transported

little bit more passengers but on the

route between Sweden and Estonia was a

decrease in passenger volumes. Cargo

traffic increased between Finland - Sweden

and Sweden - Latvia but between Estonia

and Finland you had a decrease. What are

the factors for the decrease and a slower

growth? Do you see more competition and

also a slow running economy?

Paavo Nõgene: Competition has certainly

intensified on the Estonia-Finland routes

in recent years, so tighter competition is

certainly a factor on this route. Overall, I

don’t think it is only competition though

that has had an impact on the reduction in

cargo units over the last year, but also an

overall cooling of the world and regional

economies. We are working hard internally

though to review our offering, processes

and pricing of the cargo transportation

services and, as a result, I am hopeful that

this reduction in cargo transportation will

be turned around, at least somewhat, in

2020.

RoPax: How is your outlook for 2020 ? You

have ordered a second LNG ferry at Rauma

shipyard. How is your experience with

LNG operation with your wonderful ferry

“Megastar”? Do you see a continuous

market increase between Estonia - Finland

and Sweden-Finland?

Paavo Nõgene: The outlook for 2020, but

also beyond is that we believe there is still

potential for growth. I definitely don’t

think the passenger market is saturated yet

and there is potential still for an increase in

passenger numbers for us. As we have

seen in the last few years alone, there is

increased interest in maritime tourism on

Tallink

the Baltic Sea from the wider world with

numbers of Asian and also western European,

American, Russian passengers increasing

year-on-year. So, I do think there

is still potential for growth here. However,

the growth very clearly depends on our

ability to continue to develop the offering

for our customers, both in terms of

modern and exciting vessels as well as

innovative and memorable services.

RoPax: Do you look into other propulsion

systems for the future like hydrogen or

wind rotor systems?

Paavo Nõgene: Not at the moment, we are

not looking at either hydrogen or wind

rotor systems. Hydrogen systems are not

yet developed far enough to be suitable for

passenger ships. Our analysis shows that

with our operating model, the wind rotor

sails are not effective enough to be considered

now.

“I definitely don’t think

the passenger market

is saturated yet and

there is potential still

for an increase in passenger

numbers for us.”

RoPax: Are you planning also a replacement

for your cargo ferry “Sea Wind”?

Paavo Nõgene: Sea Wind was in dock and

is being refreshed, technically upgraded

and renewed as we speak, so it is good to

go for at least another five years! However,

we are of course always looking and

considering what changes need to be made

in our fleet and on our routes with a new

ship on order, etc. We will inform everyone

regarding any decisions regarding fleet and

route plans and changes as we have always

done as and when these decisions are

made, and we are ready to share the information.

RoPax: Thank you very much.

The major investment will secure P&O

Ferries’ position as the leading provider of

transport for people and goods between

Britain and the Continent.

This major investment in a new generation

of super-ferries is a powerful testament to

the commitment of DP World to believe in

this small part of its businesses.

The naval architects for the project are

OSK-ShipTech A/S.

TRANSFENNICA STABLE

TRANSPORT VOLUMES

Transfennica operates very successful its

RoRo services from Lübeck Seelandkai

and partly also from Lehmannkai to the

Finish ports Hanko, Kotka, Rauma and to

Estonian port Paldiski and St.Petersburg in

Russia. From Belgium port of Antwerp

Transfennica connects additional Tilbury

in UK and the port Gdynia in Poland and

the same ports in Finland and Estonia and

Russia as from Lübeck. In the last years

Transfennica as part oft he Spliethoff

group developed it`s logistic network.

2019 was for Transfennica a good year

with continuous cargo level.

Despite the strikes in the Finnish paper

mills in 2019 and 2020, there were few cancellations

on departures. The transport

volume could be kept. Official the strikes

ended with a new agreement between

Finnish Paper Worker’s Union and the

Finnish Forest Industries Federation. Actual

Transfennica operates with 10 RoRo

vessels in its network.

MOLSLINJEN INVEST

IN NEW VESSELS

Mols Linjen operates successful inner

Danish conventional ferries between Islands

of Fanö and Samsö and Als to Fünen

and between Langeland and Lolland. The

main businesses are the lines between Aarhus

and Sjeallands odde by fast ferries and

from Ystad (Sweden) to Bornholm. Additional

the RoPax ferry “Hammershus”

serves the line Köge to Bornholm and

from Sassnitz to Bornholm.

Mols Linjen, which runs the fast ferry service

between Ystad and Rønne on Born­

RoPax 10 / 03.2020


MARKET REPORT / 11

holm under the name Bornholmslinjen,

orders the world’s largest fast ferry for the

rapidly increasing traffic. Delivery will

take place in the spring of 2022. Traffic to

Bornholm needs a new express ferry between

Ystad and Rønne. The Australian

shipyard Austal is constructing the new

fast ferry. The new fast ferry will accommodate

1600 passengers and up to 450

passenger cars. The new express ferry will

be the one in the world with the largest capacity

for cars and passengers. There will

be two passenger decks with seating for

1,600 passengers. This increases capacity

by about 14 %, which solves some of the

capacity problems experienced by the ferry

line during the last peak season. After

the take over from Faergens operations by

Mols Linjen the line between Ystad and

Rönne at Bornholm got a big boost in passenger

figures. Due to the fact to offer daily

one departure more in total four departures

in both directions the whole year

round 25% more passengers use the ferry

line. The new fast ferry is being built to offer

a much better seaworthiness and comfort,

and it will be driven by a new engine

design with four engines each on 16 cylinders,

which is the world’s most efficient

4-stroke engine. The engines are of the socalled

dual fuel type, and both engines and

vessels are thus prepared for alternative fuel.

In addition, the ship will be equipped

Molslinjen Transfennica

RoPax 10 / 03.2020


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with stabilization systems and two very

powerful bow thrusters. The Danish State

and the Mols Linien have agreed to extend

the contract for ferry services between Ystad

and Rønne by two years, so that it expires

in 2030.

New ferry for island Fano

The Fano line will have three ferries for the

sailings between Fanø and Esbjerg. Therefore,

the Municipality of Fanø and the

owners of the Fanølinjen in the Mols Linjen

have agreed to phase out the ferry Sønderho

and start the construction of a brand

new electric ferry. The otherwise quite

short trip between Fanø and Esbjerg is as

popular as never before. Despite sailing almost

every 20 minutes, especially weekend

and holiday trips to the small island in the

Wadden Sea have often created long

queues in the ports. Now a complete restructuring

of the sailing of the Fano Route

will ensure a better capacity and at the

same time give the Fano Line a much

greener profile. There will simply be power

for a brand new ferry, which will be put

into operation late summer 2021. The ferry

will be built at Hvide Sande Shipyard. In

collaboration with Fanø Municipality, a

plan has been laid out to convert the current

ferries, “Fenja” and “Menja” to electricity

operation.

The Fanø ferries sailed around 32,500

departures in 2019 and carry more than

1.8 million passengers.

Sales process of Molslinjen

Henrik Lind’s private equity investment

fund Polaris is reported to have hired an

investment bank to prepare the sale of

Danish ferry owner Mols Linjen. It is calculated

to get a price of 1.1 billion US $.

The fund purchased 2015 shares of

Molslinjen. Actual the process and due diligence

meetings are under way. Several of

the world’s biggest asset managers are

among the potential buyers. It seems the

price is too high to get a new shareholder

from the ferry operator’s branch. There is

still a discussion in Denmark to create a

second fixed link between Island Zealand

and Aarhus area via island Samsö. Danish

investors from Femern project looking for

alternative construction areas to to utilize

the new tunnel concrete factory.

RoPax 10 / 03.2020

Mols Linjen


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MARKET REPORT / 13

Hammershus

TRAFFIC BETWEEN SPAIN

AND MOROCCO CONTINUED

INCREASE 2019

It was King Mohammed VI who, shortly

after ascending to the throne in 1999, decided

to build a new port – Tanger Med

(Tanger being the French spelling) – in the

north of the country about 40km east of

Tangier, with a terminal to handle growing

container traffic. The first container terminal

opened in 2007 now there are three

and in between a huge ferry terminal with

10 berths. The idea of the king is to create

more business and more jobs for local

people, a decision was made to establish

not only port facilities but also a number

of industrial free zones, operating in close

Molslinjen

collaboration. There are currently three

such zones – Tanger Free Zone, Tanger

Automotive City (TAC) and Tetouan Zone

– and soon there will be four. Based on this

combination of ports and free zones, the

Tangier region as a whole has undergone

industrial development – and an automotive

hub has emerged. Today Renault has a

huge factory for a yearly output of 500.000

cars. PSA opened in 2019 a new factory for

200.000 cars in Kenitra area. A lot of suppliers

are also located in these free zones.

In total the new economy generated over

550 tsd. new jobs in Morocco in the last

five years. This creates also a lot of traffic

from and to Europe via Spain. Every year

more and more cargo is shipped with ferries

RoRo and container vessels.

In 2019; 9,9% more freight was shipped

between continental Europe and Tanger

Med. Over 350.000 trucks and trailers use

the young port and over 3. Mio. Passengers.

This is the base for a growing ferry

service between Spain and Morocco. The

main operators at the Strait are FRS Iberia,

Armas Group with Trasmediteranean,

Balearia, African Morocco Link (AML)

and Intershipping. Grandi Navi Veloci

(GNV) and Grimaldi Group serve the

long distance to Barcelona, Sete and Italy.

Moroccans living in Europe drive their

cars home every summer in total from the

Spanish ports Barcelona, Almeria, Motril,

FRS Iberia

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Malaga, Algeciras and Tarifa. The huge

amount of travellers is managed by Spanish

authorities under the name OPE (Operacion

Paso Estrecho) OPE 2019, which

shows a new increase in the passage of vehicles

and passengers compared to 2018,

thus consolidating the upward trend of recent

years. Specifically, 1,650,374 passengers

and 387,566 vehicles have embarked

through the Spanish ports, representing an

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increase of 4.5%. The trend to drive by car

continues on all routes. Many ferry operators

have an eye on this attractive market.

Additional the shortest route for cars and

passengers is from Tarifa (Spain) to Tanger

Ville by the fast catamarans of FRS group

and the market companion Intershipping.

The FRS group increased its capacities for

cargo transports to and from Tanger Med

in the last years. From the port of Motril to

Tanger Med a new RoPax route was established

to offer in OPE times a better and

reliable service. FRS developed also its new

routes from Motril to Mellila and from

Huelva tot he Canary Islands. The services

are very attractive for cargo operators

especially via the port of Motril with the

direct motorway network to the greater

Madrid area.

JPE Frisia JPE

WDR –

BAUT TOURISMUSANGEBOT AUS

Die Wyker Dampfschiffs-Reederei Föhr­

Amrum GmbH betreibt die Fährverkehre

zu den Inseln Föhr, Amrum ab dem Hafen

Dagebüll und zu den Nordfriesischen Halligen

Langeneß und Hooge ab dem Hafen

Schlüttsiel. Im letzten Jahr wurde der neue

katamarn „rüm Hart“ erfolgreich in Dienst

gestellt. Das Schnellschiff ist an die Reederei

Adler Schiffe verchartert und bedient

ab dem Häfen Dagebüll und Wyk auf Föhr

den Zubringerverkehr nach Wittdün auf

Amrum für die weiteren Schiffsverbindungen

nach Helgoland und Sylt. Das

Konzept hat sich im ersten Jahr bewährt,

so dass auch in 2020 diese Kombination

für Tagesausflüge angeboten wird. Der

neue Katamaran erfreut sich einer steigenden

Beleibtheit auch für Ausflüge zur Insel

Föhr und zu den Halligen. Mit 16 Knoten

ist er das schnellste Schiff ab dem Hafen

Dagebüll im Wattenmeer.

Die WDR plant Investitionen in einen

neuen Wohnmobilparkplatz in Dagebüll,

da auf den Inseln für die Fahrzeuge nicht

ausreichend Platz ist. Wohnmobilbesitzer

können dann täglich das Tagesfahrprogramm

in Anspruch nehmen um alle Inseln

zu besuchen. Das neuste Projekt der

Reederei ist die Planung und der Bau eines

Hotels im Hafen Wyk auf Föhr. Das Hotel

wird sich am Hafendeich befinden und

wird einen einmaligen maritimem Ausblick

für seine Besucher bieten. Föhr

benötigt mehr Hotelkapazitäten da einige

Ferienhäuser nicht mehr vermietet werden

trotz steigender Nachfrage.

Laut Geschäftsführer Axel Meynköhn haben

sich die drei modernen Doppelendfähren

„Uthlande“, „Schleswig-Holstein“

und „Norderaue“ im täglichen Betrieb bewährt

und bieten eine hohe Verfügbarkeit

im Vergleich zu den alten Schiffen. Durch

das neue Antriebskonzept mit den Voith-

Schneider-Propellern gibt es viel weniger

RoPax 10 / 03.2020


MARKET INTERVIEW REPORT // 27 15

Emanuele Grimaldi: Consolidation is

inevitable in all markets, including Spain

where we will also see in the future fewer

players active in the domestic ferry business.

RoPax: ACL is operating the biggest RoRo

in the world how are the results and how is

the coverage of the new bigger capacity?

Emanuele Grimaldi: The market in which

ACL is operating is extremely competitive.

Der neue Katamarn Rüm Hart

Freight rates on the North Europe-North

America routes, especially for containers,

technische Ausfälle. Die WDR ist für die

Zukunft

are put under

mit seiner

great

Flotte

pressure.

gut aufgestellt.

ACL has completed, over the last two years,

Frisia

the deployment

wartet auf

of

seinen

the five

Neubau

G4-class vessels

Die which Reederei have a Frisia significantly die vom higher Hafen loading Norddeich

capacity die Inseln compared Norderney to its und predecessors juist bedient

(+70% hat for bereist containers, im Jahr 2018 +100% einen for weiteren

+40% Nuebau for ro/ro bei units) der Pella while Schiffswerft operating costs in

cars,

Hamburg remain roughly bestellt. the same. Das These Unternehmen economies

schließt of scale, mit combined der dritten with Doppelendfähre

the mix of cargo

ihr transported, umfangreiches are allowing Neubauprogramm ACL to face für the

die challenges Norderney-Flotte of the market ab. Durch in which das neue it is

Fährschiff operating. verfügt die Reederei dann über

drei fast baugleiche Doppelendfähren mit

Voith-Schneider-Antrieb. RoPax: You have started Im a Unterschied

newbuilding

zu program den beiden with the Schwesterschiffen biggest RoRo hybrid wird vessels

in Fähre the world, aber mit when einem and Hybridantrieb

where will be

die

neue

ausgestattet, the first vessel d.h. in ein traffic? Teil Will der Antriebsleistung

new scrubber wird über technology? Strom aus Batterien zur

you invest in

Verfügung Emanuele gestellt. Grimaldi: A few days ago we

Die finalized neue Doppelendfähre a USD 800 million-worth wird identische order

Abmessungen with the Chinese haben shipyards wie der of letzte Jinling Neubau,

twelve die ro/ro 2015 in hybrid Dienst units. gestellte The „Frisia first units III“.

for

Unter should dem enter Gesichtspunkt in service not eines before nachhaltigen

the last Umweltschutzes in the course und of 2022. des Einsatzes Nine will im be

2020 and

Weltnaturerbe operated by Grimaldi Wattenmeer Lines wird and another dieses

Fahrgastschiff, three (ice-class) wie will schon be die deployed „Frisia III“ by

und Finnlines die „Frisia in the VIII“ Baltic mit and modernster North Sea. Technik

With zur regards Emissionsminderung to new scrubber ausgerüstet. technology,

An when Bord including wird der the letzte above Stand newbuilding bei der Antriebs-

lengthening und Entsorgungstechnik projects announced, eingebaut. we can

and

Durch say that eine the Abgasnachbehandlungsanlage

last four years Grimaldi committed

und Rußpartikelfilter

to an expense of

gelingt

over €

es

1,5

uns,

billion

die

Emissionen

for the building

von

of

Stickoxiden

25 green units,

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and

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to

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an

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expense

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of

von

about

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um

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for

99

about

% zu

reduzieren. Darüber hinaus kann während

150 green retrofit interventions on existing

der Liegezeiten des Schiffes auch auf die

ships. All in all nearly € 2 billion which will

umweltfreundlichere Stromversorgung aus

be all spent in actions aimed at reaching environmental

excellence and at curbing pol-

Batterien umgeschaltet und Emissionen

komplett vermieden werden.

Die

luting

Fähre

emissions.

wird sich etwas verspäten und

erst

The

Ende

positive

2020

effect

fertiggestellt

of these investments

werden und

and

spätestens

of spreading

Anfang

of

2021

good

in Dienst

environmental

gehen.

friendly practices are already today huge.

JPE

WDR

Foto: JPE

DEUTSCHE ZUSAMMENFASSUNG

Lehmann Gruppe Lübeck

Der private Hafenbetreiber Lehmann in Lübeck baut seine Hafenanlagen weiter aus.

Der neue Lehmankai 1 + wird in den nächsten Jahren zu einem weiteren Forstprodukten

Terminal ausgebaut und auch für die Abfertigung von Ganzzügen. Die

Reederei Lehmann erwartet ein weiteres Schiff die „Heike Lehmann“ mit einer

Gesamttragfähigkeit von 4.800 to. Der Mini Bulker ist baugleich mit dem Schwester

Schiff „Ina Lehmann“ welches seit 2017 erfolgreich im Einsatz ist.

Wasaline

Die Finnische Wasaline betreibt erfolgreich mit der Fähre „Wasa Express“ die Linie

von Vaasa nach Umea in Schweden. Bereits im letzten Jahr wurde bei der Werft

Rauma Marine Construction ein Neubau bestellt. Die erste Sektion der neuen

Fähre mit dem zukünftigen Namen „Aurora Botnia“ wurde am 13. Februar in das

Baudock gestellt. Der RoPax Neubau hat eine Kapazität für 800 Passagiere und

Platz für 1.500 Lademeter und bekommt einen Hybridantrieb der mit LNG oder

auch Biogas betrieben werden kann. Die Indienststellung ist für das Frühjahr 2021

geplant.

Tallink Silja

Die Tallink-Gruppe betreibt 14 Fähren unter den Marken Tallink und Silja Line aus

Estland nach Finnland und Schweden und von Schweden nach Lettland. Die

Linien zwischen Schweden über die Insel Aland und Finnland firmieren unter der

Marke Silja Line. Das estnische Unternehmen erzielte 2018 einen Umsatz von

950 Millionen Euro und transportierte 9,8 Millionen Passagiere. Im Gespräch

mit RoPax bestätigt der CEO von Tallink Paavo Nögene das es durchaus noch

Potenzial für weiteres Wachstum im Passagierverkehr geben wird. Im Frachtverkehr

hat der Wettbewerb zugenommen und in 2019 wurden etwas weniger Einheiten

befördert.

Molslinjen

Die Dänische Reederei Molslinjen steht zum Verkauf , der Haupteigentümer ist zur

Zeit der Investmentfond Polaris. Eine Bank ist beauftragt potentielle Käufer zu finden.

Dennoch investiert die Reederei aktuell in den größten Katamaran, der jemals

in der Ostsee zum Einsatz gekommen ist. Bei Austal hat man ein Schnellschiff für

1.600 Passagiere und 450 PKW bestellt. Es soll ab 2022 auf der Route zwischen

Ystad und Bornholm zum Einsatz kommen. Seit dem Molslinjen die Fähren zur

Insel Bornholm betreiben sind auf der Linie zwischen Ystad und Rönne 25% mehr

Passagiere gefahren. Mols bietet täglich vier Abfahrten in beide Richtungen an.

Für den Fährverkehr zur Insel Fanö an der Dänischen Nordseeküste hat Mols eine

In the neue last elektrisch 6 years the betriebene CO Fähre bestellt um die Kapazität zu erhöhen und die

2 emissions per facilities as ports are located in densely

ton/km Emissionen transported zu senken. were Die reduced beiden bestehenden by inhabited Fähren areas. „Menja“ und „Fenja“ sollen

around

auch

40%.

auf einen Elektroantrieb in Zukunft umgebaut werden.

RoPax: Digitalization- some operators set

RoPax:

P&O

How

investiert

is your opinion today about up projects for automatization and digitali -

Die Britische Reederei P&O Ferries hat in China zwei Doppelendfähren bestellt, die

LNG? More and more operators order zation with less crew and automatize loading

processes. Are there also some projects

ab 2022 auf dem Ärmelkanal zum Einsatz kommen sollen. Das Unternehmen gehört

LNG vessel.

zum in Dubai ansässigen Konzern DP World auch bekannt durch den Betrieb

Emanuele Grimaldi: Our Group does not in the Grimaldi group?

diverser Containerhäfen auf der ganzen Welt. P&O hat auch noch eine Option für

believe this alternative fuel is an immediate Emanuele Grimaldi: This is the future and

zwei weitere Doppelendfähren platziert. Das Unternehmen bereitet sich auf den

solution,

Brexit

at

vor

least

um seine

for the

Kapazitäten

time being.

anzupassen.

Its we

Es

are

sind

studying

die ersten

it very

Doppelendfähren

closely.

price

die

is

in

not

dem

as attractive

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compared

Einsatz

to

kommen

IFO

werden . Die Überfahrtszeiten werden

while,

sich

in

um

many

15 Minuten

countries,

verkürzen

especially

durch

in

die wegfallenden

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Wallenius SOL – New Growth With

Sustainable RoRo Logistic for Forest Industry

In April 2019, Wallenius Lines and Swedish Orient Linien (SOL) formed the joint shipping company WALLENIUS

SOL. The headoffice is still located in Gothenburg. The fleet consists of five RoRo vessels for the traffic to and

from the Gulf of Bothnia. These vessels are filled with paper products (fine paper and cardboard) on their way

south, and back north with other cargo.

Wallenius SOL offers also project operations

with its RoRo vessels WALLENIUS

SOL has ordered up to four RoRo vessels

run by LNG power, to be built 2019-2021

by Wallenius Marine. With these vessels,

combined with existing fleet, WALLE-

NIUS SOL can offer transports with

higher efficiency, but at the same time reducing

the environmental footprint.

One of the brains behind the creation of

the new maritime company is CEO Ragnar

Johansson appointed as the Naval

Profile of the Year 2019 by the Göta

Älvklubben. RoPax asked him about the

next steps.

RoPax: You have been instrumental in the

creation of the new company Wallenius

SOL last year.Could you give us a first

feedback about the last month of operation

as Wallenius SOL?

Ragnar Johansson: Well the current operation

of WALLENIUS SOL is about the

same as when it was 100% in the hands of

SOL. The big change will come 2021 when

the new COA:s kicks in and the newbuilds

are being delivered.Although I can say that

it has been very much interest around the

new company and a lot of new leads has

emerged that we are now working with.

service from the Bay of Bothnia to Northern

Germany, Benelux and London area.

Ragnar Johansson

RoPax: Wallenius SOL ordered four RoRo

vessel (5500 lane meter) in China with

LNG propulsion. How iis the delivery

schedule ? Where will the new vessels operate?

Do you have more new vessel in

planned for the next years?

Ragnar Johansson: We have ordered up

to four vessels meaning two firm and two

options. The first one will be delivered in

August -21 and the second one three

months later. They will operate in the liner

Wallenius SOL

“Only in the ports we

are operating around the

Bay of Bothnia will about

3 billion euros be invested

in production facilities.”

RoPax: Can you please give us an outlook

for the development of the transport market

for 2020 of forest products between

Scandinavia and continental Europe? How

is the market situation?

Ragnar Johansson: The investments decided

and planned by the forest industry in

the northern Baltic are huge. Only in the

ports we are operating around the Bay of

Bothnia will about 3 billion euros be invested

in production facilities. That should

mean that the volumes should be there in

the future and for a long future. Looking

only at 2020 I would say that it probably be

an interim year with a few mill closures for

investments. There is also a stagnation in

the economy in general that we also see

some indication of in the volumes ahead.

But in general I’m convinced that the forest

industry has a very bright future long

term. It is environmental friendly, recyclable

and you can do a lot more from the

wood fibre tomorrow then we do today, i.e.

totally new products.

The forests in Sweden and Finland are

growing faster than it is harvested. There is

really an enormous potential in that fact.

RoPax: Thank you very much.

Wallenius SOL

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JPE

The “Stena Estrid” is the first of five

new Stena Line next generation

RoPax vessels that are being constructed

at the AVIC Weihai Shipyard in China.

The new RoPax vessel entered service on

13th January 2020 between Holyhead

and Dublin on the Irish Sea. Two other

E-Flexer RoPax vessels will follow. The

“Stena Edda” was on her delivery voyage

in January/February to start operations

on the Liverpool (Birkenhead)-Belfast

service in spring 2020 whilst the “Stena

Embla” will follow in 2021 to also join

the same route. RoPax magazine has

been on board the “Stena Estrid” and

tested this very nice and comfortable

vessel.

Stena Line is one of the world’s leading ferry

operators with a long history of unique

design and technology development. The

E-Flexer Class design was no exception in

this history of ferry construction and was

developed over a period of three years. After

a competition of different marine architect

offices for the hull concept, Deltamarin

was chosen as the design company for

this new generation of RoPax vessels. The

first six 1,000 passenger capacity ships of

the type have a gross tonnage of 41,671gt

and are 214.5 metres (704 ft) in length,

with a beam of 27.8 metres (91 ft) and a

draft of 6.4 metres (21 ft). The freight deck

has a capacity of 3,100 lanemetres with additional

space for up to 120 cars in a separate

garage located aft on Deck 7. The entrance

to the Guest Services reception and

the restaurant deck leads directly from the

car garage as both areas are on the same

level. The E-Flexer ferries have a total of

ten decks, including three decks dedicated

for passengers with 175 cabins, and a maximum

crew of 73 with 64 crew cabins available.

The E-Flexer Class is so-called because the

design is flexible and can be adapted for

different types of size and usability. So far,

Stena RoRo has ordered a total of 9 E-Flexer

ferries from the Chinese AVIC Weihai

yard (renamed China Merchants Jinling

Shipbuilding (Weihai) Co. Ltd. before the

first ship in the order was delivered). At

present, Stena Line will operate five of the

series, Brittany Ferries will charter three

and one will go to DFDS on ten-year charters.

The second and third Brittany Ferries

E-Flexers will be built with an LNG propulsion

system and a different deck design

to incorporate the LNG tanks. The first of

the trio of ships for Brittany ferries will be

delivered in autumn 2020 with standard

engines and an exhaust scrubber system.

This ship will be named “Galicia” with her

LNG fuelled sisters being named Salamanca

and Santona. The ship chartered to

DFDS will be named Cote D’Opale and

will go to the Dover-Calais service. Newbuilds

No.8 and No.9 (Yard Nos. W0271

and W0272) are also reserved for Stena

Line and will be larger at 240 metres long

with 3,600 lanemetres of freight capacity,

a 300-car capacity garage, a passenger capacity

of 1,200 people and a gross tonnage

of 45,000gt. At the time of writing there

were still three E-Flexer options remaining

that had not become firm orders.

HIGH COMFORT FOR

SHORT SEA TRAVEL

The name Estrid is connected to Stena

Line’s Scandinavian heritage. It is an Old

Norse eastern-nordic version of the name

Astrid. Estrid is commonly found on old

runestones and means ‘divinely beautiful’.

The “Stena Estrid” operates daily on the

Dublin - Holyhead route with a crossing

time of 3 hours and 15 minutes. Four

departures from both ports are offered in

combination with the partner vessel

“Stena Adventurer”

On “Stena Estrid” there are lots of fantastic

facilities to enjoy. The passenger amenities

are located on Decks 7, 8 and 9. As

mentioned above, the pure car deck is located

on Deck 7 aft and this adjoins the

reception area (passengers also collect

their cabin keys from here). This area is also

shared with a 24-hour Barista Coffee

Shop with seating for around 130 people

as well as access to the outside promenade

decks on both sides of the vessel.

Midships on Deck 7 is the retail outlet

(perhaps the location of a duty-free shop

in the future). Along the port side of this

deck is a walkway forwards from reception,

passing the shop, the Happy World

Main cargo deck

children’s corner and a seating area. Situated

forward on Deck 7 is the large Taste

Restaurant. A wide variety of British and

international cuisine is served here plus

tasty burgers and salads.

Midship on Deck 8 is the large Sky Bar beneath

a bright atrium. From this area passengers

can walk through on both sides to

the front, passing on the starboard side a

gaming area and the entrance to the

170-seater truckers lounge. On the port

side is the newsroom plus the 32-seat

‘Hygge’ premium reclining lounge. Hygge

is a Danish term that means enjoying life,

living in the moment and creating joy and

cosiness wherever you are, and this lounge

allows you to do just that.

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Wärtsilä auxiliary diesel

A large ‘Stena Plus’ premium lounge is located

forward, over-looking the bow and

offering seating for around 140 passengers.

This lounge is available as part of the Premium

fare, which also includes express

boarding and disembarkation. Standard

fare passengers can pay a €20 per person

supplement for an upgrade. A hot and cold

a la carte menu is served to guests at their

table whilst complimentary drinks are offered

on a self-service basis. In the aft section

of Deck 8 at the entrance to the cabin

accommodation on both sides of the ship

can be found the two movie lounges.

CABINS

The aft sections of both Deck 8 and Deck 9

are where the four categories of passenger

cabins can be found. There are 12 wheelchair

cabins available for people with reduced

mobility. Additionally, there are

four bed inside cabins and four bed outside

cabins available on both decks. Overlooking

the stern on Deck 9 are three deluxe

cabins, each with their own balcony,

double bed, fridge and a larger bathroom.

The interior design of the passenger spaces

was the work of Swedish company Figura

Arkitekter AB. The cabins were manufactured

by the German company Rheinhold

and Mahler in a very efficient process on

site at the shipyard. The prefabricated units

were craned aboard and wheeled in to

place.

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NAVIGATION AND

TECHNICAL CONCEPT

The “Stena Estrid” is powered by two Caterpillar

MaK 12 M43C diesel engines

(V12, 4-stroke), with a total power output

of 25,200 kilowatts (33,800 hp), driving

two Caterpillar MPP 1410f feathering controllable-pitch

propellers via two Caterpillar

Renk RSHL-112 gearboxes to give the

ship a service speed of 22 knots. The engines

are designed to be compatible with

LNG fuel after modifications. All of the

E-Flexer vessels ordered to date will be iceclassed,

either to 1A or 1C requirements.

The vessel is equipped with two WE Tech

permanent magnet shaft generators rated

at 2,600kW. These have a variable frequency

drive, which is connected to a DC-link

switchboard for bow thrusters and Power

Take Out (PTO). Bow thrusters and auxiliary

engines, are manufactured by Wärtsilä.

The engine room is divided into two

areas, which could be operated totally independently

of each other should an emergency

situation arise. The whole E-Flexer

concept provides a high level of safety and

operation and complies with the latest Safe

Return to Port requirements, the first new

Stena design to be so equipped.

The bridge is located on Deck 9 and is fitted

out with equipment from Sperry Marine

plus the ship has three radar scanners.

The second bridge (for use in an emergency)

is located on Deck 10, forward of the

base of the forward mast. The “Stena Estrid”

operates a very tough schedule with

short crossings whilst her crew works to a

one week on, one week off rotation, living

aboard during their shift. For port operations

there are two Captains aboard, working

in two shifts. RoPax met Captain Adrian

Delany who is very happy with the new

ferry. He likes the high comfort levels at

sea even if conditions are very stormy.

Engine control room

CARGO DECK

The “Stena Estrid” offers three decks for

cargo. The main deck (Deck 3) and the upper

deck (Deck 5) have the typical drive

through design. Additionally, all decks are

linked by hydraulically operated titling/

hoistable ramp systems. Only the hold

deck (Deck 1) has a fixed access ramp. This

goes from Deck 3 and is covered by a hydraulically

operated hatch cover when not

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in use. If the ferry is fully loaded, the Deck

Crew and Stevedores need 1-2 hours to

complete the discharging and loading process.

Most freight carried is accompanied

but a higher percentage of unaccompanied

trailers are carried on the overnight sailings

when all three decks are in use.

The “Stena Estrid” is a wonderful RoPax

ferry with a clear and simple passenger

concept. The vessel has a very modern

Northern European accommodation design

with plentiful passenger areas where

everybody can find space surrounded by

high quality décor and furniture. In the

“Stena Estrid” and all other upcoming

E-Flexer ships we can see the high competence

of Stena, and especially the Stena Ro­

Ro team, to design and build such a sophisticated

passenger vessel at a Chinese

yard. Stena has a huge team of European

engineers at the yard and over 60% of all

components are from European suppliers

with long experience in the industry. The

end product is a superb concept for a very

attractive price.

JPE

Yard No. Name Owner/Operator Intended Route

W0263 Stena Estrid (Stena RoRo/Stena Line) Holyhead-Dublin

W0264 Stena Edda (Stena RoRo/Stena Line) Liverpool -Belfast

W0266 Stena Embla (Stena RoRo/Stena Line) Liverpool -Belfast

W0267 Galicia (Stena RoRo/Brittany Ferries) Portsmouth-Spain

W0268 Cote D’Opale (Stena RoRo/DFDS) Dover-Calais

W0269 Salmanca (Stena RoRo/Brittany Ferries) Portsmouth-Spain

W0270 Santona (Stena RoRo/Brittany Ferries) Portsmouth-Spain

W0271 * (Stena RoRo/Stena Line) To Be Confirmed

W0272 * (Stena RoRo/Stena Line) To Be Confirmed

Wxxxx Unconfirmed Newbuild Option To Be Confirmed

Wxxxx Unconfirmed Newbuild Option To Be Confirmed

Wxxxx Unconfirmed Newbuild Option To Be Confirmed

* 240m/45,000gt version

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Stena Estrid

Stena Line UK

STENA ESTRID DATA SHEET

Operator: Stena Line

Owner:

Jiafu International Ship Lease Co., Limited

Yard:

China Merchants Jinling Shipbuilding (Weihai) Co. Ltd.

Yard No.: W0263

IMO No.: 9807293

Classification: DNV GL Class 1C

1A Ferry(A) BIS BWM(T) Clean COMF(V-2)

E0 Gas- ready (D, MEC) Ice(1C) NAUT(AW)

Recyclable TMON VIBR

Flag:

Cyprus

Port of Registry: Limassol

Date of delivery: 15th November 2019

Service:

Holyhead (Wales)-Dublin (Ireland)

PASSENGER CAPACITIES

Total capacity: 1,000 passengers

Accommodation: Decks 7 & 8 (Cabins Decks 8 & 9 aft)

Cabins: 175

Beds: 670

Crew: 73

Crew Cabins: 63 (10x double occupancy)

PRINCIPAL DIMENSIONS

Length overall: 214.50m

Length waterline: 202.50m

Beam: 27.80m (28.43m extreme)

Hull depth: 9.50m

Hull draft (max.): 6.70m

Deadweight: 9,777t

Gross tonnage: 41,671gt

Net tonnage: 14,991 NT

CARGO ACCESS

Stern ramp(s): 12m x 18.6 (l x w) SWL 155t/Height 5.2

Bow ramp(s): 16.2m x 5m (l x w) SWL 60t/Height 5.2m

Aft Gate Deck 5: 10m wide

Forward Door Deck 5: 7.14m w x 5.2m h

Internal ramp(s): Deck 3/5 Tilt Ramp – SWL 210t

Deck 5/7 Tilt Ramp – SWL 17t

Lane Width: 3m approx

REMARKS

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

Ordered when the shipyard was operating under the name

AVIC Weihai, Shandong Province, China

Contract Signing: 11th March, 2016 (initially 4 vessels with 2x options for 2)

Steel Cutting: 26th August 2017

Keel Laying: 2nd February 2018

Launch Date: 16th January 2019 (Floated Out)

Maiden Voyage: 13th January 2020

Designer: Deltamarin/Stena RoRo

Very first Stena E-Flexer ship

Sisters: Stena Edda, Galicia, Stena Embla, Cote D’Opale, Salamanca, Santona plus

two un-named 240m long examples and 3 unconfirmed options (as of January 2020)

CAPACITY OF DECKS Deck-area in sqm Deckload (ton / sqm) Free height Cars Lane metres for trailers TEU‘s

Hold Deck 1: - 3.0t/m2 4.80m - 345lm

Main Deck 3: - 3.0t/m2 & 2.0t/m2 5.20m - 1,320lm

Upper Deck 5: - 2.0t/m2 5.20m - 1,435lm

Garage Deck 7: 1,800m2 N/A 2.20m 120

Total: - - - 120 3,100lm 210

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24 / INTERVIEW

JPE

Grimaldi Invests Sustainably

Grimaldi is the world leading shipping company for RoRo and RoPax services. Last year, the Italian family

owned company ordered two new “Superstar Class” RoPax ferries at the Avic Weihai Shipyard in China for

its subsidiary Finnlines. The group also awaits a total of 12 more Grimaldi Green 5th Generation (GG5G)

RoRo newbuilds from the Jingling yard in China. The first of these mega hybrid vessels will be delivered end

of 2020. All of these new ships will be equipped with the zero emissions in port concept via battery power.

The shipping company pursues a sustainable

concept for reducing emissions, which

is self-sufficient from any land facilities

and can be expanded to clean the oceans.

RoPax spoke with the team of Grimaldi

and Dr. Emanuele Grimaldi about the year

2019 and the next developments.

RoPax: How satisfactory was 2019 for the

Grimaldi Group?

Emanuele Grimaldi: The year 2019 was

positive for our Group, both in terms of

revenue and volumes shipped. Turnover

was stable, and operative results have been

positive and in line with previous years.

What is important to note is that, over the

past decade, we have increased our capital

by more than €2 billion whilst considerably

reducing our debt.

RoPax: Finnlines reported a good result

and a little increase in revenue and

EBIDTA. (Jan-Sep 2019) You have ordered

the first two Super Star Ferries for Finnlink

service. How do you see the market development

for the future on your Baltic

trades? Do you still plan also to invest in

two more ferries for Malmö-Travemünde

route?

Emanuele Grimaldi: Finnlines confirmed

its positive results in 2019 too. This did not

Grimaldi Group wins „EXCELLENCE IN DECAR-

BONISATION TOWARDS 2050“ at the Lloyd´s

List Europe Awards.

happen by coincidence, but as a result of a

coherent strategy of investment.

After investing in exhaust gas cleaning systems,

reblading, ships lengthening, land

logistic efficiency, passenger interiors and

newbuildings, Finnlines improved its economic

and environmental results over the

previous ten years, employing fewer ships,

Grimaldi Lines

but larger in size, and saving about 30% in

fuel consumption and CO 2

emissions.

At the moment we have launched a € 500

million newbuilding programme, including

three large green ro/ro ships equipped

with lithium battery pack, zero emission in

port and Ice Class1, and two green ro/paxes

-the “Superstars”- which were specifically

designed in Scandinavia for the Naantali

(Finland) – Kapellskär (Sweden) Finnlink

route.

As soon as the Superstar-class units are delivered,

then we will have available tonnage

of the Star-class which will be deployed on

the Malmö-Travemünde route. This will

bring beneficial effects to the Line in terms

of capacity offered and reduced environmental

footprint.

RoPax: In the Med you have a great service

between Italy and Spain how was the development

on your routes at the West Med,

including the Islands Sardinia, Sicily and

Malta?

Emanuele Grimaldi: Our West Med Short

Sea routes covering Italy, Spain, Malta,

Tunisia and Morocco, performed well

during the course of 2019. Last year was

particularly important for our Civitavecchia-Porto-Torres-Barcelona

service as

we lengthened both vessels deployed, the

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Cruise Roma and Cruise Barcelona, and

they have been back to service as from the

beginning of July. This has allowed us to

further increase the volume of freight and

passengers transported on said route.

Both vessels have also been equipped with

mega batteries, which allow them not to

burn gasoil while at berth.

In Sardinia, our cargo market share grew

in one year from 35% to 57% and the number

of passengers increased by 120.000 in

one year.

The Western Mediterranean is expected to

benefit, this year, of the arrival of the first

GG5G-class ro/ro vessels, currently being

built in China. Equipped with scrubbers

and mega lithium batteries with a 5MWh

energy storage system, each vessel will

have a capacity of about 500 trucks/ trailers.

RoPax: Do you see a upcoming increase

for the Greek trade and market? The economic

forecasts for Greece predict growth

of 2-2.8% in 2020 many companies will

invest!

Emanuele Grimaldi: The recovery of the

Greek economy is a fact and is especially

driven by tourism, which has become the

main source of revenue for the country.

Considering the good prospects of the

Greek economy, we have decided to deploy

a vessel, the Venezia, which will be dedicated

to the Venice-Igoumenitsa-Patras

route, leaving the Cruise Europa and

Cruise Olympia on the Ancona-Igoumenitsa-Patras

service. The vessel is due to

be deployed in April.

On the other hand, the chronic problem in

Greece is the overcapacity offered in the

domestic cabotage, like for example on the

Piraeus-Crete route. This needs to be

seriously addressed if all operators wish to

run their business profitably.

From our side, our sister company Minoan

Lines has been the first Greek company

to invest in exhaust gas cleaning systems,

well ahead the introduction of the 0.5%

low sulphur limit on a world scale. Today

the company is debt-free, has the important

liquidities as well as property buildings

and tangible assets to face the future

confidently and it remains ready to seize

any opportunities that may arise in the

Greek ferry market.

RoPax: How was the development of your

deep sea services?

Lübecker Hafenrundschau

Emanuele Grimaldi: In the deep-sea market

we had relatively stable results compared

to 2018. Some markets performed

well while others, such as Argentina, are

going through a period of crisis which has

an impact on the volumes transported.

On this trade we have strengthened our

presence with an increase of frequency on

the Mediterranean-West Africa and on the

North America-West Africa routes. On the

latter we now have also a dedicated car

carrier service. We have also started the

expansion of our terminal in Lagos in

order to accommodate new freight flows.

“In Sardinia, our cargo

market share grew in

one year from 35% to

57% and the number of

passengers increased by

120.000 in one year.”

Despite the high volatility and uncertainty

of US bound international trade, on the

North Atlantic the lines, ACL managed to

reduce its losses considerably and to break

LÜBECK

BÜNDELUNGSPUNKT

DER OSTSEE

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Grimaldi

even. ACL management is confident that

the positive situation will continue and the

company will be back in the black in 2020.

RoPax: Congratulation for the Lloyd’s

Award “EXCELLENCE IN DECARBONI­

SATION TOWARDS 2050”!!! Last year we

spoke about your concepts “Zero Emission

In Port” and also about the idea to clean

the sea by your scrubbers by collecting the

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Hafenbetreiberin an der Ostsee. Wir bieten Ihnen:

• Hochfrequente Verbindungen ins Baltikum, nach

Skandinavien, Finnland und Russland

• Herausragende intermodale Hinterlandanbindungen

nach Mittel- und Südwesteuropa

• Logistische Komplettlösungen aus einer Hand –

gemeinsam mit unseren Tochter unternehmen

www.lhg.com

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more efficient navigation and zero emissions

in port.

The first unit is due to be delivered in May

and she will deployed in the Western Mediterranean.

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RoPax: You will support the new ICS IN­

TERNATIONAL MARITIME RESEARCH

FUND. How will you support it also by

your own research or only by some money?

Where is the future in propulsion technology?

Hydrogen with electric power and

battery storage?

Emanuele Grimaldi: The International

Chamber of Shipping, where I am currently

the vice-president and represent Italy,

together with other associations, has made

a great job to propose the creation of such

fund. The aim is to reduce, by 2050, the

greenhouse gases generated by shipping by

50% compared to the level of 2008 and

head towards a total decarbonisation of the

industry on a world scale.

As you know, this proposal will mean that

ship-owners will voluntarily tax themselves

with USD 2.00/tonne of fuel purchased.

This will allow to create a fund

with USD 5 billion in a period of 10 years

aiming at R&D projects which will help the

shipping industry meet the above mentioned

goals.

As a Group we have a dream: zero-emissions

navigation, carrying goods with no

negative impact on the planet. This is

something that can and must be achieved,

but it still requires some consistent studies.

A toolbox, featuring a mix of batteries,

hydrogen, ammonia and fuel cell engines,

is starting to emerge from research.

RoPax. Thank you very much for the conversation.

The monitor shows the battery load

plastic particle. How are your first results

on the worlds greatest RoPax Ferries “

Cruise Barcelona” and “Cruise Roma” with

your battery concept? Do you have first results

for the plastic ocean cleaning?

Emanuele Grimaldi: The installation of

mega batteries on our two cruise ferries

Cruise Roma and Cruise Barcelona is

bringing positive effects both in economic

and environmental terms. Thanks to our

revolutionary “Zero Emission in Port”

concept, both vessels are not producing

any harmful emissions while at quay.

With regards to the plastic ocean cleaning

project, we are currently closely working

with an Italian University. We are still on a

study phase but we hope to have our first

results soon.

JPE

“Twelve of the ro/ro

vessels of the GG5G class,

which are currently under

construction in China,

will be fitted with mega

lithium batteries.”

Eurocargo Cagliari in Valencia

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RoPax: Will you install more of the battery

system on existing ferries in your fleet?

Emanuele Grimaldi: Currently, the cost of

batteries is still high but we hope it will

soon go down so that we can install them

on our existing ferries.

Having said this, twelve of the ro/ro vessels

of the GG5G class, which are currently

under construction in China, will be fitted

with mega lithium batteries. They will also

feature an air lubrication system, hydrodynamic

hull and propeller, solar panels, LED

lighting and battery packs, all designed for

The new SuperStar RoPax of Finnlines

Grimaldi

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Grimaldi Lines

Zero Emission

in Port

The Grimaldi Group, the family shipping

company based in Naples, has

decided to go greener with the “Zero

Emissions in Port” concept. The company

has installed exhaust scrubbers on all

short-sea Ro-Pax and Ro-Ro vessels in

the fleet to comply with the 0.1% Sulphur

Regulation in SECA area (SOx Emission

Control Areas) and 0.5 Sulphur in the

rest of the world from 2020.

“Cruise Roma” and “Cruise

Barcelona” – Largest RoPax

ships in the world

To also reduce the CO 2

emissions, Grimaldi

decided to install mega lithium battery

packs and solar panels on all future Ro-Ro

vessel newbuilds. The company presently

has 12 mega Ro-Ro newbuilds on order at

the Chinese shipyard of Jinling, with the

first ship to be delivered at the end of 2020.

Not satisfied with this, Grimaldi went on

to retrofit its two cruise ferries, the “Cruise

Roma” and “Cruise Barcelona,” with 5 MW

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battery systems during the process of

lengthening the vessels that involved inserting

a 29-metre section in to each ship.

The 2008-built sisterships are now 254 metres

long and have a gross tonnage of

63,742gt.

Furthermore, the enlarged ferries can accommodate

up to 3,343 passengers, with

499 cabins (a total of 1,994 beds) and 600

comfortable reclining seats. But, that’s not

all. The three restaurants are able to

accommodate 850 people, 280 more than

before, thanks to the addition of a selfservice

family burger restaurant. Finally,

regarding the vehicle decks, the 3,000m2

car deck has a capacity of 271 cars, and

over 3,700 lane metres of capacity is available

to accommodate 210 trucks. The

mega cruise ferries connect Barcelona

(Spain) and Civitavecchia (Italy). The service

was founded in the early 2000s and

has developed into one of the most important

ferry and Ro-Ro operations in the

Western Mediterranean. Nowadays the

Barcelona-Civitavecchia route is almost at

full capacity for trucks with approximately

125,000 units transported per year

between Spain and Italy. This success story

is due to Grimaldi’s commitment to create

more motorways of the sea. In the main

season both ferries call additionally in

Porto Torres and also serve Sardinia, making

this route unique in that it provides

Spanish tourists with a direct connection

to the latter destination.

FIRST ZERO-EMISSION SHIP

IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

Without a doubt, the most interesting part

of the project to stretch both the “Cruise

Roma” and “Cruise Barcelona” concerns

the objective of reducing the environmental

impact and maximising energy savings.

A bank of mega lithium batteries with a

capacity of over 5 MWh was installed on

each ship to supply onboard power during

ports of call without the need to operate

the diesel generators, thus achieving the

objective promoted by the Grimaldi Group

of zero emissions in port. Both vessels can

stay in port for up to 3-4 hours without

using their auxiliary engines, relying on

battery power alone. In total, 964 Corvus

Energy battery packs were installed in two

separate chambers beside the engine

rooms with Chief Engineer Francesco

Battery room

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In the port no emission comes from the funnel new control pad for the battery control view on the bridge

Gardino commenting that he is proud of

his new energy system. The batteries are

charged at sea by two shaft generators

whilst the ferries are sailing at speeds of

22-23 knots to maintain the schedule. The

loading and unloading process in both

ports is a well-oiled process to handle up

to 200 trucks and trailers per turnaround.

The Captain of the “Cruise Barcelona” says

that, despite the extra 30 metres of length

per ship, turnaround speeds are the same

and the maneuvering in both ports is also

unaffected,

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Grimladi’s strategy is not to invest in LNG,

but to rely on hybrid concepts with very

clean diesel engines and the emission-free

port time. A future switch to new drive

lines with significantly less CO2 emissions

is a possibility. The battery bank concept is

very flexible and does not require land

power systems. To date, Grimaldi is far

ahead in the Mediterranean region in

terms of environmental efforts and re­

Sister vessel „Cruise Roma“ with its new lettering

mains independent of land-based energy

suppliers. The Grimalid Headquarters in

Naples continues to work on new concepts

including the first cleaning system for

collecting plastic waste from the sea by

using the scrubber washing system. JPE

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Modernes Multifunktionsterminal für Ro/Ro,

Container, Stückgut und Automobillogistik

Shortsea Abfahrten nach Großbritannien,

Island, Finnland, Estland und Frankreich

Spezialist für Schwergut und

Projektladungen

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30 / NEWBUILDING

Color Line Color Line

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Color Line’s “Green Ship“ across the Oslofjord

“Color Hybrid“

With Norway having among the

strictest environmental regulations

in force in Europe, Color Line went

for a very sustainable solution when it

came to designing a new day ferry for the

Sandefjord – Strömstad route in 2019:

a partly battery-powered hybrid vessel

capable of sailing practically emissionfree

in the fjord and archipelago.

Despite its magnificent outcome, the road

towards the finished and much-praised

ship has been a somewhat stony one. Color

Line first embarked on a newbuilding

project to replace the 1971-built “Bohus”

in 2011 when it was planned to install

LNG engines on a new Sandefjord –

Strömstad ferry. Color Line announced

these plans on 19 March 2012 and went on

to select a shipyard by summer 2012 (to

have the vessel delivered by summer 2014),

but for various reasons, the plan was

shelved. A second attempt to build the

most environmentally-friendly ferry possible

was made in 2016, and by this time,

batteries were regarded as even greener

than LNG. On 1 September 2016, Color

Line announced its revised plan and invited

shipyards to tender in the autumn of

that year. A letter of intent was signed with

Ulstein Verft on 24 January 2017 and the

ship was firmly ordered on 17 February

2017. The 110m EUR contract to build the

hybrid ferry included an option for a sister

vessel. The first steel cutting for yard no.

311 took place on 14 July 2017 at the Crist

S.A. shipyard in Gdynia who were responsible

for the hull construction. (Many hull

and superstructure blocks were also

sub-contracted to Western Shipyard in

Battery room (Deck 2)

Kai Ortel

Kai Ortel

„Color Hybrid“ prior to her morning departure from Sandefjord.

Klaipeda, Lithuania.). On 16 April 2018,

the keel of the ship was laid before the

actual building started in the summer. By

October 2018, the main steelwork was

complete so that the hull could be towed

from Poland to Norway on 1 November

2018. The “Color Hybrid” arrived at

Ulsteinvik on 6 November 2018 where

the ship entered the shelter of the yard’s

covered building hall for outfitting two

days later.

THE OSLOFJORD SHORTCUT

On 14 July 2019, the “Color Hybrid” embarked

on her first sea trials and was subsequently

delivered to Color Line two

weeks later on 1 August. Her pre-inaugural

schedule included berthing trials in

Sandefjord, Strömstad and Larvik before

the 27,164gt vessel entered Ørskøv Vaerft

in Frederikshavn for a last-minute docking

on 10 August 2019. Her maiden commercial

sailing (originally planned for 26 July

and 09 August respectively) had to be

postponed twice, but on 16 August 2019,

the “Color Hybrid” sailed on her first revenue-earning

crossing from Sandefjord to

Strömstad at last. The two and a half hours

(37 nautical miles) shortcut across the

outer Oslofjord dates back to 1986 when

Color Line’s predecessor Scandi Line

opened the route to offer both an alterna-

tive to the northerly Norwegian domestic

service between Horten and Moss and an

opportunity for the local residents to stock

their supplies of beer and wine on a ferry

crossing in a duty free environment. Scandi

Line merged with Larvik Line in 1994 with

the merged company itself being absorbed

by Color Line in early 1999. That same

year, duty-free sales were abolished on

ferries between EU countries, but since

Norway stayed outside the EU, the dutyfree

status of the Sandefjord – Strömstad

route remained untouched and onboard

sales continued to form an important

source of revenue for the operator. This is

not least reflected in the fact that the “Color

Hybrid” not only offers a considerably

higher capacity than the “Bohus” (2,000

passengers and 500 cars compared to 1,165

passengers and 240 cars), but also a vast

amount of shopping opportunities onboard.

For the time being, she shares the

route with the “Color Viking”, the

1985-built former Danish domestic ferry

“Peder Paars”.

MADE IN NORWAY

Technologically, the “Color Hybrid” follows

a short, but impressive tradition of

environmentally friendly ferries built for

Norwegian ferry operators. It was already

20 years ago that the “Glutra”, the world’s

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Bridge / Aft sun deck (Deck 6)

first LNG-powered car ferry, was introduced

on the Sølsnes – Åfarnes route in

2000, while in 2015, the aptly-named

“Ampere” was the first fully-electric ferry,

able to sail on her 20 minute crossing between

Lavik and Oppedal across the

Sognefjord solely on battery power.

Despite rapid technological progress in the

five years since then, the Sandefjord –

Strömstad route is still too long for exclusively

electric operation, so Color Line

sensibly opted for a hybrid solution: a ferry

that combines a diesel-mechanical, diesel-electric

and electric drive. Her batteries,

recharged overnight within one hour

by high-voltage green shore power in Sandefjord

or at sea from the ship’s own generators,

are meant to enable the “Color

Hybrid” to operate emission-free through

the Sandefjord fjord at a modest 12 knots,

while at sea, the vessel switches to diesel

propulsion for her 17 knots service speed.

She therefore not only sails past the Sandefjord

shores with zero emissions of harmful

environmental gases, nitrogen or

sulphur, but is also virtually silent as she

passes. Her Siemens batteries were manufactured

by the German firm’s new Trondheim

plant and weigh an impressive 65

tons overall. They are able to produce 5

MW per hour, enough for the “Color

Hybrid” to sail for one hour at an average

speed of 12 knots. Another 5 MW per hour

are produced by the ship’s own advanced

waste heat recovery system that extracts

the heat from the cooling water cycle onboard

and the exhaust gases, making the

new Strömstad – Sandefjord ferry also one

of the most energy efficient vessels of her

kind around. Her main engines consist of

two 6-cylinder plus two 8-cylinder Rolls-

Royce Bergen B33:45L8P diesels. Furthermore,

most technical components installed

onboard (about 70%) were designed

and built in southern Norway’s

high-tech “maritime cluster”, so the “Color

Hybrid” is not only the world’s largest

plug-in hybrid short-sea ferry, but also

really “made in Norway”.

Color Line proudly claims that “Color

Hybrid” also “sets a global standard for

environmentally friendly ships”, a fact happily

recognised also by the local Sandefjord

Kommune: It awarded the most

popular departure slots to the new ferry

rather than the 1993-built “Oslofjord” of

rival operator Fjord Line. Usually, the

“Color Hybrid” undertakes two roundtrips

each day, one around noon (10:00 from

Sandefjord and 13:40 from Strömstad) and

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one in the evening hours (17:00 from

Sandefjord and 20:00 from Strömstad),

and she doesn’t have much time to rest in

port either. Her turnaround time in port is

30 – 60 minutes and is achieved without a

double-level linkspan. Instead, all loading

and unloading takes place through her

main full-height cargo deck (deck 3) while

another pure car deck (deck 5) is accessed

through an internal ramp. The “Color

Hybrid” is berthing bow-in at Sandefjord

and stern-in at Strömstad. Car access at the

bow is via side-opening doors with a folding

ramp and watertight door behind.

THE MINI CRUISE-FERRY

The design of the “Color Hybrid” had been

outsourced by Ulstein Vaerft to Fosen

Yard, and the result is a day ferry of very

high qualities in every respect. With a duration

of two and a half hours, the Sandefjord

– Strömstad service may not be a

long one (comparable to routes like

Helsinki – Tallinn, Frederikshavn – Göteborg

or Sassnitz – Trelleborg), but still a

long enough one for her passengers to

spend considerable time eating, drinking,

shopping and relaxing onboard. Therefore,

the “Color Hybrid” has been designed to

incorporate all of that, and to a grand scale,

too – an amazing achievement given the

tight constrains of her 160m length and

27m beam. The ship features no less than

three passenger decks which follow a wellthought

out arrangement. Of course, her

shopping facilities take up a large part of

the ship and a very prominent one too. Remember

the grand “Manhattan Restaurant”

on Color Line’s Kiel – Oslo cruise ferries

“Color Fantasy” and “Color Magic”

with their large double-deck panoramic

windows at the stern? The same space onboard

the “Color Hybrid” has been given

to the Color Shop, which stretches over

two decks (6 and 7) and is both wellstocked

and very spacious. Here, you can

buy clothing, designer items, souvenirs as

well as children’s toys. The two decks are

linked with one another via stairs that

overlook both the panoramic windows

and the shop itself. Deck 6 is also where

the Tax Free Market is situated amidships.

Apart from the usual spirits, tobacco and

perfumes, the shop also includes a deli section

with Scandinavian specialties like

reindeer steak, salmon and Danish salami.

Foot passengers also access the ship on this

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deck where the reception is centred next to

a lounge with a giant screen showing a film

about the building of the “Color Hybrid”.

In the forward part, there is a reclining seat

lounge called ”Horisonten” offering splendid

views over the ship’s bow, reminiscent

of a similar room onboard the legendary

“Finnjet” in her later years. Deck 7 is comprised

of the large “Koster” buffet restaurant

in the front (250 tables) where again

passengers can enjoy the scenic view

through large panoramic windows, and

Upper car deck (Deck 5)

the self-service cafeteria ““Spiseriet” amidships.

The latter is divided into several

separate areas with themed artefacts like

an electrical bike and car as decoration

elements. One deck above, the “Utsikten”

lounge and bar, is perhaps the nicest public

room onboard. Stretching across the

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whole aft part of the ship, the “Utsikten”

lounge is also made up of different areas

like a TV lounge, a small casino, a bar and

even a small dancing stage for live music

entertainment. Parts of the “Utsikten”

lounge can therefore be closed off for private

parties or a la carte dinners. Last, but

not least, one can also access the aft sun

deck from the “Utsiken” lounge. However,

this is not the only outside deck space onboard.

In fact, the “Color Hybrid” features

very spacious open decks: Deck 9 alone for

instance has a full wraparound sun deck

with a kiosk and snack bar and even a lifesized

wooden whale-model as a children’s

playground. Another nice feature is a little

greenhouse on deck 9 which is heated by

waste heat from the engines in order to

grow fresh herbs and vegetables for the onboard

restaurants. The “Color Hybrid” is

a “green ship” in every respect and not only

the largest plug-in hybrid ferry built to

date, but also one that has been designed

very thoughtfully with both the ship’s

shopping and mini-cruise passengers in

mind. Once the ship has proven her capabilities

for an environmentally friendly operation

across the outer Oslofjord, there is

no doubt that Color Line will exercise the

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34 / DATA SHEET

Color Hybrid

Color Line

COLOR HYBRID DATA SHEET

Designer:

Operator:

Hull Yard:

Contract Yard:

Fosen Yard

COLOR LINE TRANSPORT AS c/o Color Line Marine AS,

Leif Weldings vei 6-10, 3208 Sandefjord, Norway.

Crist S.A, Gdynia Poland

Ulstein Verft AS

Yard No.: 311

IMO No.: 9824289

Classification: Det Norske Veritas (DNV) 1A Ferry(A) BIS Battery

(Power) BWM(T) Clean COMF(C-2, V-2) ECO F(M, C)

Ice(1B) LCS(DC) MCDK NAUT(OC) Recyclable TMON

(oil lubricated) VIBR

Date of delivery: 1st August 2019

Flag:

Norway

Port of Registry: Sandefjord

Service:

Sandefjord-Strömstad

PASSENGER CAPACITIES

Total capacity: 2,000 passengers

Accommodation: Koster Buffet, Spiseriet Café, Utsikten Bar & Lounge

2,000m 2 of shops Taxfree Market/Color Shop,

Horisonten Lounge

Cabins:

Built for daytime services

Beds:

N/A

Crew:

Not supplied

PROPULSION

Main Generators: 2x 6-cylinder Rolls-Royce Bergen B33:45L8P diesels &

2x 8-cylinder Rolls-Royce Bergen B33:45L8P diesels

Fuel:

MDO

PTO to main engine: B33:45 L8P

Gear boxes: 2x ACG TS 1400 - Brunvoll Volda AS

Propellers: 2x ECP115 - Brunvoll

Battery Cells: 5MW output – Siemens – 65t battery pack divided

in to two compartments -on 2 levels

Bow Thrusters: 2x FU100 - Brunvoll AS

Stern Thruster: 1x RDT-1800 - Brunvoll AS

Service speed: 17 knots (Diesel)

Battery Power Speed: 12 knots

PRINCIPAL DIMENSIONS

Length overall: 160.33m

Length waterline: 142.95m

Beam: 27.10m 33.08m (extreme)

Hull depth: 14.875m

Hull draft (max.): 6.00m

Deadweight: 3,258t

Gross tonnage: 27,164gt

Net tonnage: 8,149NT

CARGO ACCESS

Stern ramp(s): (l x w) Bow ramp(s): (l x w)

Side ramp (s): Yes (Upper car deck, forward)

Internal ramp(s): Yes

Lift (s):

N/A

Lane Width: 3.00m (approx.)

REMARKS

Contract date: 17th February 2017

Keel laid: 16th April 2018 at Crist, Gdynia, Poland

October 2018 – Hull towed to Ulsteinvik from Poland

Launch: 30th October 2018

Maiden Voyage: 16th August 2019

Largest Plug-In Hybrid Passenger in the world (as of January 2020)

The Color Hybrid has replaced the Bohus, which was sold to Greek interests.

Battery Power: About 5 MWh (mega-watt-hour) provides up to 60 min manoeuvring and

sailing at speeds of 0-12 knots. Waste Heat Recovery system that utilises a heat-reservoir

system. Extremely low sound emissions both during battery operation and during the

overnight layovers at the quayside. The exterior noise at low speed and while moored,

measured at 100m distance from the vessel, is far less than the noise coming from a normal

conversation (50dB compared to 65dB). Color Line has installed shore power facilities in all

their Norwegian ports and in Kiel in Germany. At 600kW a cylinder, the Rolls-Royce Bergen

B33:45L8P engines offer reduced fuel consumption and emissions. With a 330mm bore and a

450mm stroke, the engine’s speed levels range between 450rpm and 750rpm for propulsion

engines and between 720rpm and 750rpm for generator sets. The in-line engine cylinders

have a power range between 3,600kW and 5,400kW. The engines have a reduced fuel oil

consumption rate and less visible smoke, complying with International Maritime Organisation

Tier II and Tier III rules. The cylinder unit comprises the head, liner, piston and upper conrod,

which can be removed for overhaul in one unit. The Color Hybrid was purchased with the aid

of the Export Credit Agency (ECA) financing over a 12-year period from the delivery date.

GIEK (the Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee Agency) and DnB Bank provided guarantees

or structure offers to Color Group, the parent company of Color Line, to fund 80% of the

ferry cost, equal to approximately NOK1bn ($117m) The ship was named by Norway’s Prime

Minister, Erna Solberg, on 23rd August 2019. The ship was named ‘Ship of the Year 2019’

on 4th June 2019. The upper deck boasts a greenhouse where herbs are grown, warmed

from the Waste Heat Recovery System.

CAPACITY OF DECKS Deck-area in sqm Deckload (ton / sqm) Free height Cars Lane metres for trailers TEU‘s

Tank top:

Main Deck 3:

Car Deck Deck 5:

Total: Information no supplied Information no supplied Information no supplied 500 Not Supplied Not Supplied

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36 / INTERVIEW

Color Line

Color Line Goes Green

Last year, Color Line successfully introduced its first Hybrid Ferry, the “Color Hybrid,” on the short route between

Strömstad (Sweden) and Sandefjord (Norway). The vessel is a fantastic solution to reducing emissions

via a hybrid system consisting of batteries and low emission engines. The passenger figures for this popular

“duty free” shopping route have increased since the ship’s introduction.

Color Line is investing heavily in a green

future and the next step for the company

will be testing ammonia as a fuel using the

Color Fantasy. This should provide a huge

reduction in emissions and CO 2

levels. Also,

on its popular mini cruise line between

Oslo (Norway) and Kiel (Germany), Color

Line is now using onshore power at both

ports. RoPax spoke with Helge Otto

Mathisen, the communication director for

Color Line, about the future.

RoPax: Since last summer, you have operated

your new hybrid ferry “Color Hybrid.”

How are the initial results and passenger

feedback?

Helge Otto Mathisen: The vessel was constructed

in Norway at Ulstein Yard and we

sourced 70% of all parts and components

from companies in the maritime cluster in

Norway. For example, the batteries came

from Siemens’ new factory in Trondheim

and the main engines came from Rolls

Royce. Color Line is the leading Norwegian

Ferry Operator and we are in close

contact with the government and political

decision makers to get the support to develop

sustainable ferry solutions for the future.

The new vessel is a success. Color Hybrid

is a flagship in the way we are thinking.

With our new environmentally

friendly ship and ports, we have built a

platform compared with Tesla in the automotive

business .We were among the first

shipowners in the world to start using onshore

power in 2011, in Oslo. Combined

Helge Otto Mathisen

“The new vessel is a

success. Color Hybrid

is a flagship in the way

we are thinking.”

with on shore power facilities, we can now

reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by

40% on the route between Sweden and

Norway with the “Color Hybrid” compared

with an old conventional ferry. The

onshore power in Strömstad is not yet

ready but it is in the planning stages and

will probably be completed in the next

few years. Today we can operate “Color

JPE

Hybrid” for one hour with batteries at sea

at a speed of 12 knots. The ship is much

quieter, and we got a great response from

the community. The results with the new

ship are great and if we look at the transport

figures from September 2019 to December

2019 we generated an increase of

30%. If we look at January 2020 the amount

of transported passengers is still growing.

Our conclusion is that this is thanks to a

ship like “Color Hybrid”

RoPax: What comes next for your fleet to

go greener? Do you have a program for

your Superspeed ferries?

Helge Otto Mathisen: We are a part of the

green shipping program of Norway. It is a

three year program and we want to undertake

a pilot project with ammonia as an alternative

fuel together with more than ten

different partners. Our next step is to find

out how to use ammoniac as a greenhouse

gas-free fuel.

RoPax: Why are you focusing on using

ammonia as a fuel and not hydrogen?

Helge Otto Mathisen: As part of our

long-term strategy, we have to find out via

a pilot project how it is possible to use

ammonia to fuel bigger ships. If we succeed

with this solution the program can

contribute to reducing CO 2

emissions by

approximately 40% globally, and will

put Norway in the frontline for environmentally

friendly maritime industry innovations.

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RoPax: How was the year 2019 for Color

Line?

Helge Otto Mathisen: We continue to

deliver good results for our Owner, but the

high oil prices bring the results down a

little. We have seen a growth in passengers

and in 2019 we also had a very high level

of activity on the ferry services. At the start

of 2019 we introduced the Ro-Ro vessel

“Color Carrier” onto the Kiel – Oslo service

followed by the “Color Hybrid” last

August on the Strömstad – Sandefjord

route and we also introduced new technology

systems. These activities were considerable

in terms of expenditure (money)

and this of course influenced the company’s

results.

RoPax: How do you view the trend that

more and more people from Germany and

other central European countries are visiting

Norway on holiday.

Helge Otto Mathisen: At the moment our

currency is positive for German visitors

and also for Danish people because 100

Danish Kroner is equivalent to more than

130 Norwegian Krone. That also gives us a

little push for increasing passenger figures

as we have a lot of passengers from Norway

to Denmark. A lot of Danish people

also go to Norway for winter holidays. We

are focusing more on the prices than the

growth itself and we will continue to offer

a stable price level. All in all, we have a

growth between Sweden and Norway, we

have a stable volume between Denmark

and Norway and we have a growth from

Germany to Norway. That is very interesting.

We believe Oslo as a short cruise destination

is still very attractive and it is a

growing market for short holidays of 2-3

days. The growth in this city in terms of architecture,

cultural events and new museums

is notable with the likes of the Munch

museum and new National museum becoming

international attractions. In Oslo

there are a lot of nice restaurants, a lot of

concerts and clubs and the prices make it

attractive for Germans to stay here one or

two days to enjoy this developing city. Oslo

is a small city with the ocean at one side,

the mountains and forests at the other side

and in between a modern metropolis.

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RoPax: How was the development of your

cargo traffic

Helge Otto Mathisen: 2019 was a difficult

year in which to boost cargo volumes on

our routes. We saw a very slow start to

2019. But we really believed in Kiel and

Oslo as the main ports and we worked

hard to convince the industry to get the

cargo from road to train and to sea. We

have a large number of customers who

support us, and by the end of 2019 we saw

a light increase in cargo figures. In conjunction

with the introduction of the

“Color Carrier,” we added all of the “Kombiverkehr”

connections to our schedule.

We now have a Color Line train because

we bought the entire capacity of some

freight train services. We now offer direct

freight links by rail from Kiel to Verona

and to six other places three times a week.

We promote the system from road to sea

and train.

RoPax: Do you see the potential in the

forthcoming years to operate a second

Ro-Ro vessel for cargo between Kiel and

Oslo?

Helge Otto Mathisen: Yes, but of course

it depends on the market response of this

effective and environmentally friendly

transport system.

RoPax: Your Cruise Ferries “Color Fantasy”

and “Color Magic” have now been in

service for over 15 years.

Helge Otto Mathisen: They are still very

successful, but we are looking at what

could be the next step. We are always

looking for new and innovating ships to

achieve our vision of being the best short

sea company in Europe with a focus on

sustainable solutions.

RoPax: Thank you very much for the conversatin.

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JPE

DFDS is Ready for Brexit

In the past two years DFDS has expanded its route network by the acquisition of the Turkish shipping

company UN RoRo. The port of Sète in France was also established as a second gateway to Turkey. Four of

the six new mega RoRo vessels which were constructed at Jinling Shipyard in China have been delivered.

At the time of writing, three were in service. Two of them operate between Trieste (Italy) and Istanbul area

(Turkey) and one was deployed to the Gothenburg (Sweden) - Ghent (Belgium) route. All new RoRo`s show

a very good performance and have a good quality. RoPax talked with Peder Gellert Pedersen, Executive Vice

President and Head of the Ferry Division, about the operational results and next steps of DFDS.

RoPax: How satisfied are you with the performance

of the new Mega RoRo ships that

travel between Trieste and Turkey and now

also on the North Sea between Belgium

and Sweden?

Peder Gellert Pedersen: It took us some

time to utilise the new vessels because we

placed the first two on the route between

Italy and Turkey but the shore ramps were

not ready. We could only use two of the

three stern loading ramps. It took us a little

bit more time to benefit from the size of

the newbuilds. After the linkspans were

completed at the both ports in Italy and

Turkey all stern ramps and freight decks

have been extremely well used. We can

now discharge and load each vessel in 8-10

hours at both ports, which is very good,

and this meets our expectations. The vessels

are very efficient in terms of handling

and we have had the same experience on

the Gothenburg – Ghent service. There we

also use the mezzanine decks for cars, and

Peder Gellert Pedersen

we also handle the vessels in 8 hours at the

North European ports. That is a good result.

We had some teething issues only on the

propulsion side. The OD boxes, which are

controlling the pitch propellers, have been

troublesome on all four new vessels delivered

to date. But of course, this problem

has now been solved. We got a turn key

DFDS

solution from MAN for the whole propulsion

system incl. main engines. MAN

made a very good job and we had technicians

on board to solve the problem. That

is basically the only major technical issue

that we had. The shipyard has been very

good with all four vessels being on time,

the latest being the “Humbria Seaways.”

Number 5 should have been on sea trials at

the time of the interview but of course the

yard was closed, and we will have to wait

and see how this situation progresses. Our

Danish yard site team is actually in Denmark

or abroad, but not in China due to

the restriction of travelling due to the corona

virus.

RoPax: How is the development of your

activities in the Med? Sète as your new

French port was a good decision?

Peder Gellert Pedersen: We have had

many challenges in the year 2019 on the

Med services. Of course, we had the nega-

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tive impact of the Turkish Lira in August

2018. This decreased the volumes until the

end of 2019, but have started to come back

on the export and on the import side. We

also got a new client which brings 30%

more volume into the service. But we also

implemented two more ships into the fleet

and two new terminals, one in Trieste and

the relocation from Toulon to Sète in

France. We had big challenges in Trieste

with the intermodal operations. We were

not able to operate efficiently between ship

and terminal and intermodal terminal. But

we also solved these issues together with

the port of Trieste. Now we see volumes

rising and we are looking positively into

2020.

RoPax: Will the port of Trieste offer you

more space in the future? If there is peace

in Syria within the next 5 years, the area

will need a huge amount of support for the

reconstruction of the region. Your line will

be part of this big boost.

Peder Gellert Pedersen: The port of

Trieste will establish a new common intermodal

terminal. That of course will help us

a lot. Today we must handle the intermodal

volumes at our terminal. We need

more space for more growth. This is also

the reason why we moved to Sète so that

we can also offer intermodal traffic solutions.

This gives me an opportunity to

DFDS

“The port of Trieste

will establish a new

common intermodal

terminal. That of course

will help us a lot.”

push up the volumes to Western Europe.

Sète is also a safety valve to take the pressure

off of Trieste. The terminal in Trieste

is a restriction to handling more volumes,

and also the rail traffic via Austria is limited

as well. That`s why we need Sète as a

back-up facility.

RoPax: What are the next steps to deal

with Brexit?

Peder Gellert Pedersen: We are already

prepared for Brexit. We have the systems in

place, we have the connections to customs

authorities and the ports, plus we have

invested in more space at the ports in

Rotterdam and Gothenburg – as well as in

Immingham. We also have more border

controls and inspection points. We are

ready!

RoPax: Do you see a move of traffic from

the Channel to your ports in Rotterdam

and Cuxhaven?

Peder Gellert Pedersen: We anticipate a

shift in some traffic from the Dover Strait

to the Western ports for unaccompanied

services. That is why we put the bigger

ships on the service to Rotterdam.

RoPax: Thank you very much.

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40 / REPORT

Fjord Line

Fjord Line to Increase Capacity

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

Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Fjord Line operates four vessels on five routes and carried 1,5 million

passengers and approximately 68,000 freight units in 2019. The main routes are from the Danish port of

Hirtshals to Stavanger, Bergen and Langesund in Norway. In summer the fast ferry „Fjord Cat“ has operated

to Kristiansand plus the company also runs the RoPax ferry „Oslofjord“ between Strömstad in Sweden and

Sandefjord in Norway.

Fjord Line had a good year in 2019, but

with some ups and downs in traffic figures.

Stavanger and Bergen saw a 2% increase in

cargo units whilst cargo traffic fell by 4%

on the Langesund service. In the second

half of 2019 the transport market was hit

by a deterioration in the economy. In January

2020 the market began to recover and

Fjord Line recorded a fantastic start to the

year in terms of cargo. The Freight Director

Claus Riis looks optimistic into the future

and hopes the year will continue on a

good level. The Strömstad (Denmark) to

Sandefjord (Norway) service saw an increase

of 4% in passenger numbers, perhaps

less than expected following the introduction

of a new vessel by competitor

Color Line. However, the passenger volumes

have recovered with many people

travelling aboard the popular ferry “Oslofjord”.

In general, the passenger market

between Sweden and Norway is growing

and both companies are seeing more passengers

on board their services. Fjord Line

has also recorded a growth in passenger

volumes for the year 2020 as a result of a

high number of pre-bookings already in

the system from German and Dutch tourists.

Overall, Denmark and Norway are becoming

increasingly more attractive for

summer and spring holidays.

MORE CAPACITY FOR

PASSENGERS AND CARGO

From the start of the 2020 summer season,

Fjord Line will launch its new fast catamaran

“Fjord FSTR”. The fast ferry newbuild

is under construction at Austal’s yard in

the Philippines and will be able to carry

1,200 passengers and more than 400 cars –

almost double the capacity compared to

the previous catamaran. The tax-free shop

on board will be twice the size of the Fjord

Cat’s shop and guests will be able to choose

from three exciting food concepts on their

journey. Claus Riis is happy because the

new fast craft will also be able to carry 30

trucks, enabling Fjord Line to offer more

capacity for its freight clients in the peak

season. Between June and August, the

“Fjord FSTR” will make three round trips

per day compared to two round trips for

the remainder of the 2020 schedule.

NEW IMAGE AND LAYOUT

FOR “STAVANGERFJORD”

“We are green” can be seen written on the

three newly repainted funnels that stand

tall on the top deck of the passenger ferry

MS Stavangerfjord. With this simple message

the company hopes to prove their environmental

commitment. The fact that

Fjord Line sails with almost 50% lower

CO 2

emissions than the general average

has not been well communicated and the

company thinks it is time to make a visual

change that will be noticed by everyone.

“As green is the environmental colour

it was an easy decision to paint the funnels

green,” says Rickard Ternblom, Fjord Line

CEO. The MS Stavangerfjord was the first

passenger ferry in the world to be powered

by environmentally friendly natural gas

(LNG) and has done so since she came into

service with Fjord Line in the summer

of 2013. The ship, and her sistership, MS

Bergensfjord, which joined the Fjord Line

fleet in 2014, also remain the largest LNG

powered ferries until newbuilds arrive

elsewhere in 2020/2021. The funnels on

board MS Bergensfjord will also be painted

green when she goes to drydock in

March this year. In addition to painting the

funnels on board MS Stavangerfjord, there

have also been changes made both inside

and out on the uppermost level of the passenger

accommodation, Deck 10. The

work involves the Sky Bar plus the installation

of a new lounge here. The changes to

these facilities have been made by Fjord

Line to encourage more guests up to Deck

10, where they can enjoy a combination of

the crossing, the fantastic scenery, The Sky

Bar and food both inside and out on deck.

JPE

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Cuxport

Cuxport ist für den

Brexit gut vorbereitet

Cuxhaven liegt verkehrsgünstig im Kreuzungsbereich des Seeverkehrs auf Nord- und Ostsee. Als bedeutender

Hafen für den RoRo-Verkehr sowie für den Umschlag von Stückgütern, Stahlprodukten, Projektladungen

und PKW ist Cuxhaven ein wichtiger Logistikknotenpunkt an der Nordseeküste. Eigentümer des Hafens ist

das Land Niedersachsen mit seiner Gesellschaft Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG. die den Hafenstandort

weiter ausbauen will und das hierfür erforderliche Planfeststellungsverfahren in Kürze abschließen wird.

privat

Hans Peter Zint,

Geschäftsführer der

Cuxport GmbH.

Betreiber des größten

Umschlagterminal

am Europakai ist

die Cuxport GmbH

mit den Liegeplätzen

1 bis 3 und dem

im letzten Jahr eingeweihten

Liegeplatz

4. Das Hauptgeschäft

sind die

RoRo Verkehre der

Reederei DFDS nach

Immingahm (England)

sowie Containerlinien

nach Norwegen, Island und

Skandinavien von Samskip und weitere

RoRo Anbindungen nach UK, Frankreich,

Spanien, Finnland und Skandinavien

mit den Reedereien UECC, KESS,

LD Seaplane, Mann Lines und Wagenborg.

Im gesamten Hafen Cuxhaven wurden

2,62 Mio. to. umgeschlagen. Der Terminalbetreiber

Cuxport selbst veröffentlicht

keine Umschlagszahlen aber im

letzten Jahr feierte die Umschlagsgesellschaft

den 2 millionsten BMW im Neuwagenumschlag

innerhalb der letzten 15

Jahre. Laut DFDS war 2019 ein durchwachsendes

Jahr, in den ersten 3 Monaten

wurde wesentlich mehr umgeschlagen als

im Vergleich zu den Vorjahren, dafür war

der Sommer auf einem niedrigen Niveau

und im Oktober und November sind die

Umschlagszahlen wieder angezogen. Für

2020 schaut man leicht optimistisch in

die Zukunft auch wenn der Brexit kommen

wird.

RoPax: Sie haben im letzten Jahr den zwei

millionsten BMW umgeschlagen wie hat

sich der Umschlag in 2019 entwickelt?

“Als Umschlagbetrieb

haben wir eine neue

Software angeschafft, über

30 Mitarbeiter sind geschult

und wir haben auch ein

Verwahr- und Zolllager

zur Verfügung, so dass der

Brexit kommen kann.”

Hans Peter Zint: Wir haben für unseren

Hauptkunden im Neuwagengeschäft

BMW in den letzten Jahren viel investiert.

Wir haben eine spezialisierte Waschanlage

installiert um Verunreinigungen von der

Zugfahrt von den Fahrzeugen zu entfernen,

bevor diese dann auf die Schiffe verladen

werden. Die Fahrzeuge werden von

DFDS und UECC nach Immingham und

Southampton abgefahren. Wir bieten neben

dem Neuwagenumschlag und dem

Trailerumschlag einen guten Service auch

im Break Bulk und Projekt-Geschäft. Insgesamt

ist das Volumen im Jahr 2019 wegen

des Brexit-Chaos etwas zurückgegangen.

RoPax: Wie sind Sie auf den Brexit vorbereitet?

Hans Peter Zint: Wir sind gut vorbereitet.

Wir hatten bereits als Hafenwirtschaftsgemeinschaft

Cuxhaven im Oktober 2018 eine

Veranstaltung in Berlin in der Englischen

Botschaft, u.a. mit Beteiligung des

Bundesministeriums der Finanzen und

der Generalzolldirektion. Für uns war die

Organisation des Zolls immer ein Fragezeichen,

da bisher in Cuxhaven nur wenig

zollrelevanter Umschlag stattfand, der Zoll

daher in diesem Aufgabengebiet sehr klein

aufgestellt ist. Bei der Veranstaltung hatten

wir auch alle unsere wichtigsten Kunden

dabei. Die Veranstaltung war ein Erfolg,

da alle Beteiligten sensibilisiert wurden

und ausreichende Kapazität zugesichert

wurde. Als Umschlagbetrieb haben wir eine

neue Software angeschafft, über 30 Mitarbeiter

sind geschult und wir haben auch

ein Verwahr- und Zolllager zur Verfügung,

so dass der Brexit kommen kann.

Darüber hinaus sehen wir auch Chancen

und haben eine kleine Hoffnung, dass

RoPax 10 / 03.2020


INTERVIEW / 43

Cuxport

JPE

durch unsere gute Vorbereitung und die

hauptsächlich unbegleiteten Trailerverkehre

nach England bei Umsetzung des

Brexit diese Vorteile uns etwas mehr Volumen

und neue Kunden generieren kann.

Es kann passieren, dass gerade in den Kanalhäfen

es wegen unzureichender Ausweichflächen

zu Verzögerungen in der Abfertigung

kommen kann.

RoPax: Cuxport hat zur Zeit keinen kombinierten

Verkehr, also keine regelmäßige

Schienenverbindung für Container- oder

Trailerbasierte Transporte. Nur die Neuwagen

und Stückgüter kommen auf der

Schien aber keine weiteren Ladungsgüter?

Gibt es eine Perspektive für den Standort

Cuxhaven einen Kombiverkehr anzubieten?

Hans Peter Zint: Leider haben wir noch

keine elektrifizierte Anbindung aber im

Bundesverkehrswegeplan ist die Schienenverbindung

nach Cuxhaven ab Hamburg

in der Priorität für eine Elektrifizierung

nach oben gerutscht. Ein Ausbau wäre eine

gute Grundlage, auch kombinierte Ladungsverkehre

abzufertigen.

RoPax: Nach Norwegen fährt Samskip

von Cuxhaven nur noch mit Containerschiffen,

die RoRo Schiffe wurden abgezogen.

Wie sehen Sie die Chance wieder eine

RoRo Verbindung nach Norwegen aufzubauen?

Hans Peter Zint: Die Ladungsmengen

nach Norwegen sind überschaubar und

um ein RoRo Schiff voll auszulasten da

sehe ich nicht ausreichend Ladungsvolumen

für/aus Norwegen, zumal die Metropolregion

Oslo überwiegend aus Kiel

bedient wird. Insgesamt ein hochkompetitives

Umfeld für vergleichsweise wenig

L adung.

RoPax: Besteht die Möglichkeit auch

wieder Passagiere in Cuxhaven gen England

abzufertigen, wenn es eine weitere

Welle der Flugscham geben könnte?

Hans Peter Zint: Ja wir haben alle

Möglichkeiten hier auch RoPax Schiffe

abzufertigen, am Steubenhöft Anleger

steht für eine Passagierabfertigung alles

zur Verfügung.

RoPax: Danke für das Gespräch.

RoPax 10 / 03.2020


44 / INTERVIEW

RoPax: How was 2019 for Attica group? In

the first half year you reported a growth in

traffic volumes and revenue

Spiros Paschalis: The year 2019 was considered

a good one for Attica Group. The

growth of traffic volumes and revenue reported

in the first half continued until the

end of the year, shaping a positive outcome

for the Group.

Attica is Reaching

a New Size

Attica Holdings S.A. (Attica Group) is a leader in the provision of ferry

services for passengers and cargo in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Serving 60 destinations, connecting 71 ports, in the Greek domestic

market (including the more remote Greek islands destinations) and on

the international routes between Greece and Italy and Morocco with

Spain, Attica Group’s brand names, Superfast Ferries, Blue Star Ferries,

Africa Morocco Link (AML) and the newly acquired Hellenic Seaways are

established in the European maritime transport industry as synonyms of

high-end quality ferry services. Attica looks forward and will continue its

expansion and strengthen its position in the Mediterranean Sea. RoPax

spoke with the CEO of Attica Group Spiros Paschalis about the next steps.

Attica Group

Attica Group

RoPax: The integration of Hellenic Seaways

is completed? Did you generate synergies

by the integration?

Spiros Paschalis: The operational integration

of Hellenic Seaways was successfully

completed, and the organizational structure

of the Group was adjusted according

to the new requirements following the acquisition.

A new organizational structure

has been put in place in order to facilitate

the operations according to the new size of

the Group. Based on the new structure all

operations are performed centrally and are

streamlined independently from the brand

perspective.

As a result of the above all the procedures

and operations of the Group were integrated.

We are really satisfied with the outcome

of the synergies following the integration

since we managed to succeed the

targets we had forecasted, improving productivity,

reducing cost, increasing revenue

and expanding our footprint.

RoPax: Attica Group purchased a RoRo

vessel Blue Carrier 1 from DFDS. Is it the

first step to operate more cargo at your

domestic lines? Will Attica invest in more

RoRos in the future?

Spiros Paschalis: Blue Carrier 1 was

added last July in our fleet reinforcing our

freight capacity and we are satisfied with

the results of her deployment. For now, she

actually compliments Attica’s ROPAX

vessels in domestic routes. We are currently

evaluating the demand of the freight

market as well as our fleet requirements

in order to decide on any further investment.

RoPax: At the Adria you are still cooperating

with Anek Lines, how is your position

today and do you see more competition?

Spiros Paschalis: On the Adriatic Sea

routes as well as on the routes of Piraeus to

Crete, Attica Group is in a joint venture

with ANEK Lines, optimizing the capacity

offered on the specific routes while maintaining

the high quality of services offered.

In the last years, we have a satisfactory

cooperation with ANEK Lines leading to

commercial efficiencies.

Concerning the Italy – Greece market, it is

a mature market where the volumes of

passengers, vehicles and cargo are overall

stabilized over the past few years. Nevertheless,

it is expected that the competition

in 2020 will intensify as our competitor is

launching an additional vessel.

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Hellenic Seaways Mykonos

Attica Group

frastructure investments, investments in

new buildings as well as in R&D.

At this moment, there is an uncertainty

concerning which is the best fuel for the

future. The only technically applicable alternatives

are liquefied natural gas (LNG),

use of batteries and sustainable advanced

biofuels. In the long term, large-scale use

of carbon-neutral fuels is required.

Since there is no clear solution yet, Attica

is investigating the use of batteries on

board in order to have semi hybrid vessels.

Superfast

Attica Group

RoPax: You mention in a former interview

to standardize your fleet in the future. Do

you plan newbuildings?

Spiros Paschalis: Actually, we have never

ceased our plans for newbuilding vessels.

Please be advised that in the framework of

our Agenda 2022, we are working on a fleet

development/renewal project, comprising

the designing of three ferry prototypes for

different type of operations (for domestic

and international routes). Those vessels

would be environmentally friendly ones,

belonging in the new generation of ferries.

RoPax: Which propulsion you will prefer

in the future LNG, Hydrogen, electric as

Hybrid to reduce your emission?

Spiros Paschalis: Shipping’s shift to zero

carbon emissions calls for significant in-

“The year 2019 was

considered a good one

for Attica Group.”

Spiros Paschalis

Attica Group

We believe that by 2030 new technology

solutions as well as alternative fuels will be

available in order that we can reach IMO

ambition of 2050.

RoPax: Do you see a relaunch of the Greek

economy and a good opportunity to generate

more traffic in the next years?

Spiros Paschalis: It is true that entering into

a recovering period seems to have changed

the general atmosphere in the Greek Market.

It appears that the Greek economy is recovering

and some sectors, such as tourism

and the real estate market, are rising.

The above framework plays an encouraging

role for our industry, which is related

to the Tourism industry.

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46 / REPORT

Port of Trelleborg

Port of Trelleborg Growth

The Port of Trelleborg achieved new record levels of cargo handling in 2019 and thus secures its position as

Scandinavia’s largest RoRo port. During 2019, the Port of Trelleborg recorded a new record of 1,230,850 units

passing through the port, an increase of 7.7%. The increase consists, among other things, of a 4.9% increase in

truck and trailer volumes, a 13.2% increase in passenger cars and conventional rail increased by 24.8%, which

is equal to 4,000 wagons. It is gratifying to note that the Port of Trelleborg is now also the market leader in

traffic to and from Poland.

Port of Trelleborg

Managing Director

Jörgen Nilsson

The upward trend

continues and the

number of units has

increased steadily

since 1989. The Port

has, from a transport

perspective, a very

favourable geographical

position, where

Europe meets Scandinavia.

Since 2018

the Port of Trelleborg

has served five destinations

with a high frequency in the number

of arrivals and departures per day.

Three shipping lines serve the port, namely

TT-Line, Unity Line and Stena Line,

with a total of 14 ferries operating services

24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Managing Director Jörgen Nilsson pointed

out that the port company sees a good

potential for growth with the new connection

to Klaipeda. For this new route, Trelleborg

could benefit considerably from its

prime position as a logistics hub. With the

past years’ growth rate, which has continued

to rise steadily over time, we estimate

progressing towards an annual capacity of

1.8 million units and 2.5 million passengers

in 2026. The extension and relocation

of the port is in an expansive phase. By

moving the port to the new site in the

southeast, we will be able to handle the increased

volumes for the foreseeable future.

The new decade has just begun and the

Port of Trelleborg is looking forward to exciting

years ahead. Jörgen Nilsson added

that the repositioning of the port in the

southeast is an on-going process with ferry

berths No. 13 and No. 14 expected to be

ready in Q2 2020, and at the same time, the

construction of ferry berths No. 11 and

No. 12. will commence.

In recent years, the Port of Trelleborg has

invested in the construction of new checkin

facilities for TT Line plus new rail and

inspection facilities for intermodal railway

wagons were installed and the land fill

project for RoRo berths 11 and 12 got underway.

The relocation and development

of the Port allowed the expansion project

to flourish, thus meeting the increasing

traffic volumes. The project is co-financed

by the Connecting Europe Facility of the

European Union.

JPE

Port of Trelleborg

RoPax 10 / 03.2020


REPORT / 47

TT Line Expands

New green RoPax ordered and more departures from Klaipeda

At the end of January, TT Line of introduced

its new Ro-Pax vessel

„Marco Polo” on to the Klaipeda-Trelleborg

service, strengthening the company’s

service to Sweden. The ship has been

under refurbishment since late 2019 in a

Polish shipyard and has capacity for 215

passengers. The ferry, built in The

Netherlands and previously operated by

Moby Lines in the Mediterranean region,

will primarily serve TT-Line’s Klaipėda

route with up to four departures per

week. The Marco Polo has three car

decks, one deck with passenger cabins

and public areas plus a separate crew

deck. Passengers have access to 80 cabins

and reclining seats as well as a cafeteriarestaurant,

a reception with on-board

shop and the newly constructed

panoramic lounge with sea views and an

integrated kids’ corner.

Since the Termühlen family joined TT

Line, the company has continued to develop

its route network. TT Line is owned

jointly on a 50/50 basis by Arend Oetker

TT Line

The new Marko Polo

and Bernhard Termühlen. The company’s

management team consists of Hans

Hannes Conzen, and Bernhard J. Termühlen

(one of Bernhard Termühlen’s

Sons).

The first step forward in expanding the

network was the opening of the route between

Trelleborg and Świnoujście. Despite

difficult conditions in the Polish ferry market,

TT Line has successfully established

itself as an operator in that marketplace.

The next round of expansion was to serve

Klaipeda from Trelleborg. The management

has cleverly positioned the company

in a gap in the market at a time when traffic

is growing between Lithuania and Sweden

at the expanding hub of Trelleborg.

Here, TT Line can offer all logistical connections

for its customers. The next step

will mainly involve fleet renewal or expansion.

With the eastward growth, TT Line

has both secured future development and

increased the company’s position in the

Baltic Sea.

NEW ROPAX ORDERED

A new TT-Line Green Ship is scheduled to

be delivered to the company’s route network

in 2022. This vessel will represent a

50% reduction in emissions compared to

her fleet mates on the Baltic Sea. The new

ship builds on the successful Green Ship

concept of the company and is designed to

carry 800 passengers and more than 200

trucks and trailers. While designing the

vessel, a particular emphasis was placed on

flexibility and fast turnaround times in

port. The order was awarded to the

Chinese shipyard Jiangsu Jinling with an

option for a second vessel.

JPE

Peter Pan in Travemünde

Lübecker Hafenrundschau

RoPax 10 / 03.2020


48 / REPORT

Raake, Flensburg

Sylt Ferry – A Real Success Story

Römö Express – Second ferry in service

The Island of Sylt is the most popular

island destination in Germany and

has two transport connections, by train

via the famous „Hindenburg Dam,“ an

11km-long causeway joining the island

to mainland Schleswig-Holstein at the

German village of Klanxbüll, and by ferry

via the Danish port of Havneby on the

island of Römö to the port of List on the

northern coast of Sylt. The ferry line has

operated for over 57 years. When duty

free sales ended in 1999 the revenues

went down and the owner of „Syltfähre,“

the Flensburg based FRS group, sold its

two old ferries in 2005 and invested

in a new double-ended ferry, the „Sylt

Express“.

The new vessel performed well in the early

years but a drop in passenger numbers

and cargo traffic in 2009 and 2010 did not

generate the required revenue to sustain

the service. In 2010 the management of

FRS decided to turn around the fortunes of

the operation by reducing costs and seeking

to generate an increase in passenger

and freight traffic. Additionally, the vessel

has been used annually as a floating concert

hall for “Cruise van Cleef ” events

since 2011. Revenue increased and the operation

eventually went back in to the

black in 2016. So far, the story has been a

success with the traffic continuing to grow

and the popularity rising since 2016. The

success can be attributed to unreliable rail

Two ferries between List at island Sylt and Havneby at island Römö- „Sylt Express“ and „Römö Express“

Raake, Flensburg

Official opening tour of new Römö Express

withboth managing directors Birte Dettmers

and Tim Kunstamnn together with Gosh

management and major of List.

traffic on the service across the Hindenburg

Dam and the restricted carriage of

caravans and mobile homes on the railway,

which saw a shift of traffic in favour of the

sea route.

The ferry offers high reliability and excellent

service for cargo customers on board,

and also good customer care via the FRS

sales team. Managing director Tim Kunstmann

leads the sales force of “Syltfähre”

and likewise of the sister company “Helgoline”.

The high demand from freight traffic

is thanks to “Syltfähre’s” leading cargo customers.

Every morning, every week, the

departures from Havneby are heavily

booked with freight. Over 75% of freight

to/from the island is now carried by the

ferry. On stormy days empty trucks cannot

be transported by the train but the ferry

operates in all weather conditions and

maintains sufficient capacity for the freight

customers to make their return trips to the

mainland. In 2016 the ferry transported

over 95.000 cars and freight units whilst in

JPE

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2019 this had risen to over 115.000 units.

In 2018 the management of FRS decided to

introduce a second double-ended ferry to

the service. In November 2019 the new

ferry “Römö Express” entered service. This

vessel was built in 1991 by Fiskerstrand

Verft A/S in Norway and was formerly

named “Tresfjord.” A full technical and

internal refurbishment was undertaken

at the Tallinn Shipyard BLRT Group in

Estonia.

RÖMÖ EXPRESS – CAPACITY BOOST

The addition of the “Römö Express” to the

ferry operation increased capacity by

150%! The ferry also has an additional car

deck under the main deck and can the

refore accommodate 127 cars in total. By

comparison, the “Sylt Express” can carry 80

cars. The drive system of the “Römö Express”

consists of two BRM-6 diesel engines

and a nine-cylinder gas engine, which was

installed in 2010. This enables the ferry to

operate on diesel power or on the cleaner

LNG engine. A clutch in both the existing

and new drivelines allows either engine to

power the generator, although only one engine

is coupled at a ny given time. The generator

drives the controllable propeller

thrusters at each end of the vessel. The

„Römö Express“ carries the LNG fuel in an

insulated cryogenic tank as a liquid and this

is then heated and vaporised to a low pressure

gas to fuel the engine. This dual-fuel

concept offers a very high service availability.

The „Römö Express“ operates at 15

knots and has accommodation for over 390

passengers.

NEW FACILITIES AND

RESTAURANT ON BOARD

The FRS Group has completely renovated

the public areas and crew facilities/cabins

aboard the „Römö Express.“ The popular

Travel Value retail outlet has been installed

in the mid-section of the main passenger

deck along with the new “Gosch“ restaurant.

Gosch is the most famous German

fish restaurant chain, which has its origin

and headquarters in List on the Island of

Sylt. The Gosch restaurant aboard the ferry

makes taking a trip on the „Römö Express.“

even more worthwhile so as to enjoy all of

the fine fish dishes.

In addition to the Gosch classics such as

prawns, fish rolls or Thai noodles, there are

also the well-known dishes from the Sylt

ferry menu on board the “RömöExpress”

such as the popular curry sausage. Passengers

using the “SyltExpress” service can

look forward to a selection of Gosch

specialties including the Gosch breakfast.

This is offered on both of the Sylt ferries,

a product developed exclusively for the

ferry passengers. Tim Kunstmann, Managing

Director, of “Syltfähre” said “We are

delighted to be able to further upgrade our

onboard gastronomy with Gosch. Varieties

of fish and lobster have been transported

by truck to the island on the ferry for

decades. Now we can finally serve this sea

food on board. GOSCH stands for fine fish

and the Sylt way of life and thus fits

perfectly with the Sylt ferry.”

Birte Dettmers, Marketing & Communications

Managing Director for the “Syltferry”

operation, looks optimistically to

the future with the aim of increasing the

volume of Danish tourists on the service so

that they can sample the new restaurant

concept and the Travel Value outlet. The

new summer timetable for 2020 will

offer hourly departures from both ports

from the end of March to the end of

October.

JPE

Syltfähre

The restaurant and all passenger facilities are

new installed on board „Römö Express“

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NEWBUILDING / 51

“Villa de Teror”

On 29 January 2007 the RoPax vessel

“Viking ADCC” was ordered by

Viking Line at the Astilleros de Sevilla

Shipyard in Spain. However, completion

of the ship took much longer than anyone

could have anticipated. In June 2007 the

newbuild contract for the vessel was sold

to the Spanish investment bank Basalease

SA, who would charter the vessel to

Viking Line when completed.

– a Smart RoPax

Construction of the “Viking ADCC” began

on 18 December 2007 and the keel of

the vessel was laid on 6 May 2008. However,

until 2013 the half-built hull remained

at the shipyard with an uncertain future

following financial issues at the yard,

among other factors. The Vulcano Shipyard

in Vigo bought the hull and towed it

to their yard. Viking Line cancelled the

contract due to excessive delays, so the

Viking XPRS did not get a sistership. New

clients for the ship were then sought. The

long search for a buyer ended when the

agreement to sell the ship to Trasmediterránea

was signed at the end April 2017.

The ship should have been completed and

delivered before the high season of 2018.

However, the work was seriously delayed

once again, partly due to the poor economic

situation of the Vulcano shipyard.

Finally, in spring 2019 the ferry was ready

to enter service. Naval design and architecture

firm Oliver Design, based in Spain,

has created the interiors for the reborn

ship that is now named “Villa De Teror.”

The “Villa de Teror” is 139 metres long

with a 22 metre beam and has capacity for

450 vehicles, 1,500 passengers and offers

52 cabins with avant-garde interiors. Other

facilities include an outdoor pool, bars,

shop, nursery, Food Lounge and a VIP

area. The ship is equipped with two Wart-

Lorente Lambarri captain of Vila Teror

Juan Carlos Díaz Lorenzo

Juan Carlos Díaz Lorenzo

View on the bride, promenade and the cafeteria

sila engines, each with a power output of

9,600 kilowatts, driving two propeller

shafts and variable pitch propellers. The

“Villa de Teror” has a service speed of 22

knots, a gross tonnage of 15,966gt and a

Deadweight figure of 2,300 tons. The new

ship takes her name from the municipality

of Teror in the province of Las Palmas

on the island of Gran Canaria. The location

is especially well known due to the revered

story of Nuestra Señora del Pino (Our

Lady of the Pine) or Virgen del Pino

(Virgin of the Pine), patron of Gran

Canaria. At the site of the present-day

Basilica, the image of the virgin herself is

said to have appeared in a pine tree on 8

September 1492 to the first Bishop of

Gran Canaria, Juan Frías. Said to possess

healing qualities, Nuestra Señora del

Pino has become the patron saint of the

island.

The smart new “Villa de Teror” operates

from the port of Motril (Granada) to

Nador and El Hoceima in northern

Morocco for Trasmediterránea, a ferry

company now owned by Naviera ARMAS.

The ferry operates five times a week

with a crossing time of four hours. The

port of Motril is an alternative for those

traveling to the eastern part of Morocco.

Although the crossing is longer than that

of the services across the Strait of Gibraltar,

it has the advantage that people living

in the south of France arrive at the port

in Granada sooner than if travelling to

Algeciras. At the latter port there is usually

a great deal of demand and subsequent

long waiting times to embark in peak

season whilst Motril is a quieter port and

therefore has faster customs procedures

too. The FRS Group is also increasing its

RoPax and RoRo services from Motril to

Mellila and Tanger Med so Motril has a

bright future as a logistic hub and a faster

gateway to Morocco!

JPE

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52 / DATA SHEET

Villa de Teror

Armas, Trasmediterranean

VILLA DE TEROR DATA SHEET

Owner:

Naviera Transcantabrica SL

Operator: Trasmediterranea

Yard:

Astilleros Vulcano Spain

Yard No.: C-548 (Originally 001)

IMO No.: 9430105

Classification: 100A1 Passenger and Vehicle Ferry, *IWS, Ice Class

1A FS, Max/Min Draughts: Forward: 5.90 / 5.00m.

Amidships: 5.90 / 5.00m. Aft: 5.90 / 5.00m.

Power Required: 2,447kW, Power Installed: 20,000kW

Date of delivery: 19th June 2019

Flag:

Cyprus

Port of Registry: Limassol

Service:

Motril-Nador-Al Hoceima

PASSENGER CAPACITIES

Total capacity: 1,500 passengers

Accommodation: 2x passenger facility decks

Cabins: 52

Beds: 61

Crew: 70

PROPULSION

Main engines: 2x Wärtsilä 8L46F, 600 rpm/20,000kW

Fuel:

HFO/MFO

Auxiliary engines: 3x Wärtsilä 6L20, 600 rpm/3,240kW

Gear boxes: Information Not Available

Propellers: Information Not Available

Bow Thrusters: Information Not Available

Service speed: 22.00 knots

Speed (max.): 26.80 knots

Ice Class: LR/1A

PRINCIPAL DIMENSIONS

Length overall: 139.12m

Length waterline: 123.60m

Beam: 22.00m

Hull depth: 8.20m

Hull draft (max.): 5.70m

Deadweight: 2,654t

Gross tonnage: 15,875gt

Net tonnage: 5,893NT

CARGO ACCESS

Stern ramp(s): Yes (Dimensions not available)

Bow ramp(s): Yes (Dimensions not available)

Side ramp (s): Yes (Dimensions not available)

Internal ramp(s): Yes (Dimensions not available)

Lane Width: 3.00m (approx..)

REMARKS

The ship was initially ordered by Viking Line in 2007 as a sister to the 35,918gt/2008 built

Viking XPRS and was to be named Viking ADCC. However, due to a heavy delay in

construction, the order was aborted in 2010.

Originally intended route: Mariehamn-Kapellskär route,

The abandoned, partially built ship was purchased by Acciona Trasmediterranea

in April 2017 under the new yard number 548 and construction resumed with a

modified superstructure.

Original Shipyard: Sevilla Astilleros

Keel Laying: 6th May 2008

Financial difficulties at Astilleros Vulcano delayed delivery and the shipyard then

went in to liquidation.

Approximate Cost: € 60 million

Number of Decks: 5

Original Design Car Capacity: 320

Car Capacity when carrying freight: 130 cars

The ship is named after the town of Teror in the province of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.

Modifications carried out by Trasmediterránea delayed the ship by 2-3 weeks and the full

painting of the vessel took place when the ship was moved to the dry dock of Metalships &

Docks on 22nd June 2018.

CAPACITY OF DECKS Deck-area in sqm Deckload (ton / sqm) Free height Cars Lane metres for trailers TEU‘s

Tank top:

Main Deck:

Upper Deck:

Weather Deck:

Hoistable Deck(s):

Total: Information Not Available Information Not Available 4.60m 450 609 Information Not Available

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54 / INTERVIEW

JPE

Stena Line Expands

and Modernizes its Fleet

During the spring Stena Line introduced its first two China built E-Flexer vessels „Stena Estrid“ and “Stena

Edda” on the Irish Sea. The third vessel “Stena Embla” will follow later until 2021. Stena Line invests a huge

amount in a total of five new RoPax E-Flexer ferries. RoPax magazine was in Gothenburg and spoke with the

CEO of Stena Line, Niclas Mårtensson about the next developments.

RoPax: Last month you have set the new

and first E Flexer „Stena Estrid“ on Dublin

– Holyhead service and you were interviewed

at the bridge by the UK Television.

You mentioned 50% of your business is

generated in UK.

Niclas Mårtensson: In total 50% of our

business goes to and from the UK, in total

on a yearly basis we transport approximately

800 000 passengers and 520 000

freight units on the North Sea and 2,8 million

passengers and 800 000 freight units

on the Irish Sea. The other 50% of the business

are our services in Scandinavia, Germany

and the Baltic Sea area. It is a good

balance and we have been growing quite a

lot in all areas the last couple of years.

RoPax: If we look to your East Baltic lines

from Sweden to Latvia and Poland as well

as from Travemünde in Germany to Liepaja

in Latvia. How is the situation in this

traffic corridor?

Niclas Mårtensson: We have seen a great

growth in the Baltic area and it continues.

It has slowed down a little bit, but we came

from a very high level, I am not complaining.

I think that goes for everything in the

moment there is a kind of stabilization. In

the Baltic from a Polish perspective we

have had a really good growth in the last 15

years starting with one ship, adding a sec-

Niklas Mårtensson

“We have seen a great

growth in the Baltic area

and it continues. I think

that goes for everything

in the moment there is a

kind of stabilization.”

Stena Line

ond and third ship well as bigger vessels. I

think we have gradually grown with the

market and actually we offer a totally new

product today. That is what we are doing

out from a Latvian perspective as well. We

see changes there as well, moving away

from almost only freight to see more passengers

coming on our vessels as well, .especially

between Latvia and Sweden.

RoPax: Other operators in this area will

increase the passenger capacity by new

vessels and by new routes.

Niclas Mårtensson: One of our strength is

our very flexible fleet and if we see there

are changes in the market we can position

our ships without huge investments in the

port facilities or on board. We have not a

specific ship for a specific route.

RoPax: If you look at the competitors in

this market how are your expectations for

the future?

Niclas Mårtensson: The competition is increasing.

But it is not only that a new player

has entered the market the other operators

are getting bigger ships as well.

RoPax: How are the results of the traffic

between Germany and Sweden?

Niclas Mårtensson: On Rostock-Trelleborg

we can see a great development if we

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look at the passenger traffic. 2019 was a record

year and the first time ever that we

transported more than 400.000 passengers

in one year on the route. That is one of the

reasons why we now upgrade and invest 5

million Euro in the two ships “Skane” and

“Mecklenburg Vorpommern”. Those ships

were in a need for an upgrade, and this is

probably the most extensive renovation we

ever made on a ship. We have customers in

the region travelling with both the route

from Gothenburg to Kiel and from Trelleborg

to Rostock and therefore it is important

that we offer an equal standard on

these ships. We also have more passengers

from central Europe, which use the route

by the easy access via the highway. All in

all we are very satisfied and the German

market is very stable because and we see

great development also on Kiel – Gothenburg.

RoPax: On Kiel – Gothenburg you will get

more cargo by the new train from Luxembourg.

You reported in the last year you

had a little bit less cargo on your route to

Kiel.

Niclas Mårtensson: Yes, the new train

started this week and the train was fully

booked from day one. It is a cooperation

between Stena Line, Port of Kiel, LKW

Walter and the the Luxembourg train

operator CFL multimodal. The cargo business

goes up and down if we loose volumes

on freight we try to compensate it by more

passengers. The mix in the operation of

RoPax vessels is easier to mitigate than in

pure RoRo traffic.

RoPax: You are still operating the service

between Sassnitz (Mukran) and Trelleborg

(Königslinie). At this route you have the

popular night train from Berlin to Malmö

on board. This business is increased in the

last year due the Greta effect (Greta Thunberg,

climate activist)

Niclas Mårtensson: Yes, it is a probably a

little bit pushed by the Greta effect but we

have worked hard to during the last three

years to get this train again on board our

vessel together with our partners at Snälltåget.

Rail ferries are important and it seems

both the freight market and the passengers

want us to continue having railcars on

board our vessels. But we also need the

support from the politicians in both

Sweden and Germany, to ensure there are

enough volumes to keep going, and to

keep the two rail way strategy (ferry +

bridge) between Sweden and the continent.

Because it cost us 10-15% more

in maintenance with rail ferries and

Stena Line cannot guarantee or develop

that service unless we have the support to

do so.

Stena in Gothenburg port

RoPax: Could it be, that you will get more

trains back on your vessels?

Niclas Mårtensson: Yes, we see a growth

there already both on passenger and freight

volumes and today we use the ferry

“Sassnitz” also at the Rostock-Trelleborg to

transport more rail freight volumes.

RoPax: At the Kattegat you went back to

the port of Halmstad in the beginning of

February.

Niclas Mårtensson: Yes, it may look as we

move from Varberg to Halmstad but actually

we say that we have opened a new

route. It will be interesting to see the development

there because the last years we had

a kind of cannibalization between Varberg

and Gothenburg, especially on the freight

side. Now we are moving further south

and we can pick up the competition with

Stena Line

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in both our ports, Europoort/Rotterdam

and Hoek van Holland.

RoPax: That is why you have increased the

capacity between Rotterdam and Harwich

at your RoRo line?

Niclas Mårtensson: Yes we try to meet the

market demands. We increased our capacity

on Rotterdam by 70 % and two larger

vessels enter the market during the first

quarter.

Helsingborg-Helsingör and the Öresundbridge

as well. Halmstad and the region is

improving in infrastructure and is becoming

a good logistic hub. I think it is a very

good move there.

What is interesting with that route is that

compared to some other ports where we

have moved, like in Kiel with big investments

in offices and gangways etc, we have

built a very efficient and seamless solution

in Halmstad. Our gangway passengers are

checking in in the city center in Halmstad

at the bus center and from there they will

be transported by bus into the ferry. We

have also connected the other side and you

can actually buy a ticket from the city center

in Halmstad to the city center of Aarhus,

by connecting with the train in Grenaa

up to Aarhus. You go with Stena Line

with one ticket only, and that is seamless

and sustainable travel. Aarhus is also a

very interesting city with a steady growth.

RoPax: Between Gothenburg and Fredriks -

havn you have a stable business.

Niclas Mårtensson: The passenger volumes

are picking up again. Two years ago

when the Swedish crown was really going

down we lost a lot Swedish passengers but

they are slowly coming back. We have seen

a good development with Danish passengers

due to the same “currency effect”, but

they are not as many on the route as the

Swedish guests.

RoPax: Two years ago you installed a big

battery at “Stena Jutlandica”. How are the

results and what are the next steps?

Niclas Mårtensson: The results a very positive

and we are now starting to develop

the second phase. In total there are three

phases in this project. The first was to maneuver

“Stena Jutlandica” in the port with

battery power and the second phase is to

sail her between the terminal and the out

positioned lighthouse Vinga. We believe

that is possible within the next 3 years.

Phase 3, to sail approximately 50 nautical

miles, from Gothenburg to Frederikshaven,

is our 2030 vision. The project has two

aspects. The environmental aspect, with

no emission at all and less noise, but also

the safety aspect. With battery power we

will eliminate the risk of black outs with

the engine. Right now we do not have the

answer two which other vessels than the

pilot project on Stena Jutlandica that can

be interesting for phase 1 or two, but we do

have a concept ferry, Stena Elektra that

embodies our 2030 phase 3 vision. It is

promising, and it is also the way to show

manufacturers of batteries that you need to

focus not only at the automated cars and

busses there is the marine sector as well.

We are investors and shareholders of the

new Northvolt factory which will be constructed

in the North of Sweden.

Stena Nautica connects Halmstad with Grenaa

RoPax: If we look at your services on the

North Sea Rotterdam Harwich and Rotterdam

Killingholme, how is the situation

there?

Niclas Mårtensson: Last year it was a

strange freight market. The first three

months we had much more volumes than

the year before at that time and we believe

it was a lot due to the Brexit discussions.

When that not happened, the freight market

went down to a lower level but it did

pick up during the autumn again. It was

like a bathtub curve. We did have a very

good summer from passenger perspective

and what we can see is some customers are

moving from Dover – Calais to our lines.

We are very well positioned. I think with

our reliability, that we sail all the time, is a

great strength. We see a good development

Stena Line Stena Line

RoPax: Is it a preparation for Brexit?

Niclas Mårtensson: I think the North Sea

market is an open book for all operators.

It is constantly coming new tonnage and

more tonnage.

RoPax: Do yous ee a possibility of a return

of Duty Free sales on board as a big business

like in the eighties?

Niclas Mårtensson: I think we cannot

compare the old times with today. We have

more competition in the retail business today,

especially with the internet and we do

not see retail as a big business, but rather

as an added value to our customers. But

we will never invest in our tonnage to

increase the shops on board. But the

regional airports in UK are fighting for it

to get some business back and it is on top

of the agenda.

RoPax: If we look at the Irish sea, “Stena

Estrid” is there. She made one of its first

trips in very bad weather conditions with

storm “Brendan”. How are the first results

and impressions?

Niclas Mårtensson: The first impressions

are better than well. This ship is designed

in Sweden in this house. The hull, the propeller

everything is Swedish designed.

When we received the ship made in China

and designed by Swedish architects the

outcome and the quality is a fantastic combination.The

performance of the ship if we

look at the bunker consumption, stabilization

and comfort at sea is very good. All

those results are actually absolutely better

than we could dream off when we started

the project six years ago.

RoPax: These RoPax are the first which are

made in China for Stena. How is the cooperation

with the Chinese yard?

Niclas Mårtensson: We have doubled up

our site team compared to before. But Stena

has built many vessels, even though it

was not RoPax, in China in the last years

so we know how the Chinese shipyards are

working. They have had a fantastic learning

curve in how to build a RoPax and we

are positively surprised. More than 60% of

all parts in the vessels are from Europe.The

engines have been built in Rostock and the

propellers were built in Sweden. All cabins

are built by a German company which installed

a factory at the shipyard to produce

the cabins.

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RoPax: The next two E Flexer will sail on

Belfast route?

Niclas Mårtensson: Yes “Stena Edda” will

sail between Belfast and Birkenhead together

with the new “Stena Embla”.. We

will improve the Belfast traffic and replace

the Visentini ships offering a totally new

product on that route, and adding both

freight and passenger capacity. Changing

from Visentini to this new E-Flexer will

create a new travel market. Belfast is Stena

Lines biggest hub in volumes and departures

and we have 7 ships that goes out

from Belfast every day. Due to the flexibility

of our tonnage we can very easily

change the vessels. We invest a lot into our

new vessels and ports on the Irish Sea but

A positive thing is that methanol is coming

closer to the normal oil fuel prices.We

are fully supporting the IMO target of

2050 and methanol is one of the solutions

reach the target. We also have the battery

project and we are looking into hydrogen

and solar panels. We have a very close

cooperation with Volvo to develop hydrogen

systems. More solutions will come up,

but so far we have not found yet the silver

bullet.

RoPax: Why is Stena not operating LNG?

Niclas Mårtensson: I think LNG can be an

option also for Stena Line in the future and

we are looking in to it. What we say is LNG

is not the fuel for the long term future, it is

a fossil fuel and for today.

JPE

“I think LNG can be an

option also for Stena Line

in the future and we

are looking in to it.”

the reason is simple, we believe in a continuous

growth of the market. People will also

in the future travel and eat and consume

on the Irish Sea vessels.

RoPax: Is it possible that you will bring

more E-Flexer in your fleet maybe also at

the Baltic Sea?

Niclas Mårtensson: What we have decided

we are building from Stena perspective

9 to 10 E Flexer vessels and five are for Stena

Line at the moment. Three first three

will be deployed at the Irish Sea and the

other two, which is longer, will be delivered

in 2022. We are not so stressed where

to put them and the future destination is

not yet decided. During 2019 we, and Stena

RoRo will conclude an exiting project

with the two Visentini vessels Lagan and

Mersey that today are operating on the

Birkenhead – Belfast route. We will make

a huge investment and extreme conversion.

We will cut them and lengthen them

by 30% and will get 30% more lane meter

capacity. We will also add a new bow to operate

them drive through. It is the first time

that a Visentini vessel will get a bow ramp

system.

RoPax: Let us have a look at your environmental

projects. You are sailing now for

over 4 years with Methanol between Kiel

and Gothenburg on Stena Germanica.

How are the results and what comes next?

Niclas Mårtensson: It is running well but

it is more challenging than we thought, especially

from a commercial perspective.

The project is still unique and we actually

established a new marine fuel.Today we

are operating 25-30% on methanol in total.

RoPax: Stena went into cooperation with

the PCTC operator Glovis. What is the

idea behind this new asset?

Niclas Mårtensson: That is not Stena Line

that is a Stena Rederi business. It is a joint

venture we have 50% and based in Hamburg.

That company is taking care when

the new cars are entering Europe we take

care of them. If it is by ship, by truck or rail

it does not really matter. It is a way for us

to learn more about logistic. Because we

need to know there are other logistic

streams that we can add. We will not enter

in a competition with our customers. An

interesting fact is that the owner of Glovis

is Hyundai / Kia and they are 18 times bigger

than Volvo. But But like I said, the joint

venture is not with Stena Line! I have no

influence and I am not involved. I have

enough on my plate running one of the

world leading ferry companies that is continuing

to grow with more and larger capacity.

RoPax: Thank you very much for the conversation.

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58 / DATA SHEET

Red Kestrel

Andrew Cooke

RED KESTREL DATA SHEET

Owner:

Red Funnel Ferries Ltd

Operator: Red Funnel Ferries Ltd

Yard:

Cammell Laird

Location: Birkenhead, Merseyside

Yard No.: V1393

IMO No.: 9847645

Ship Type: Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship

Classification: Lloyds Register CL IX(A)

Flag:

United Kingdom

Port of Registry: Southampton

Launched: 19th February 2019

Date of delivery: 11th April 2019

Service:

Southampton-East Cowes

CAPACITIES

Pax capacity: 12 Drivers

Facilities: Hot/Cold Food Counter, TV,

Reclining Seating & Crew Mess

Cabins:

None

Beds:

None

Crew: 5-7

PROPULSION

Main engines: 2x Cummings QSK38-M1 969kW 1800 RPM

Total Power Output: 1,938kW

Auxiliaries: 2x Cummings KCD2 Circa 80kW 3 Phase 400V/230V

50Hz 1500RPM

Emergency Generator: Information Not Supplied

Fuel:

MGO

Fuel Capacity: 38.6t

Fresh Water Capacity: 9t

Range:

1,800km

Gear boxes: 5.2:1 - integral to each Aquamaster Unit

Propellers: Rolls Royce US 155-P12 Fixed Pitch Shrouded Props

1.6m Diameter 1800RPM 1000KW Power input

Thrusters: Azimuthing – see above

Stabilisers: None

Speed:

13 knots

Service Speed: 12.5 knots @ 85% MCR. Sideways speed 3.5 knots

PRINCIPAL DIMENSIONS

Length overall: 74.25 m

Length @ waterline.: 73.15m

Beam: 17.00m

Hull depth: 4.50m

Hull Draught: 2.82m

Freeboard:

N/A

Deadweight: 541 DWT

Gross tonnage: 1,102 GT

Net tonnage: 330 NT

CARGO ACCESS

Bow/Stern Access: Hinged Doors, opening outwards

Bow Door Width: 4.70m

Stern Door Width: 4.44m

Internal ramp(s): None

Deckload:

72t max. vehicle weight on centre lanes only

Lane width: 2.95m (Approx)

REMARKS

Arrived Southampton under tow from Birkenhead by the tug Willpower on 18 April 2019.

Named 25 April 2019 by Karen George, Wife of Red Funnel Chairman Kevin George.

First purpose built cross-Solent freight ferry.

The vessel carries a Red Kestrel figure head on her bow door.

9,404 litres of paint used on the ferry.

94,000m of welding used during construction.

564 tonnes of steel used during construction.

12,000m of cabling on board.

Freight Capacities: 6x 42.3Te 19m HGVS & 6x 42.3Te 16.5m HGVS

First visit to East Cowes – 9 May 2019

Entry in to service: 24 May 2019

CAPACITY OF DECKS Deck-area in sqm Deck Free Height Max. Deckload Cars Trucks/Trailers Lanemetres

Main Deck:

Total: 1,021sqm 5.50m 72t centre lanes N/A 12 265 lmts

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Balearia’s LNG Fleet Transformation

In 2021 nine ferries will run on LNG

Balearia

Balearia is one of the leading Spanish

ferry operators in passenger and

cargo services to the Balearics. Balearia

provides daily connections between the

islands and the mainland (via the ports

of Barcelona, Valencia and Denia). As

well as, Balearia is one of the leading

operators in the Strait of Gibraltar, with

connections from Algeciras to Ceuta

and Tanger Med and from Malaga and

Almeria to Melilla and Nador.

„Abel Matutes“ rebuilt with LNG tanks at the rear deck

Since 2018 Balearia sails from Huelva to

Canary Islands in cooperation with Fred

Olsen Lines. Additional Balearia operates

the route between Valencia-Mostaganem

to support the Algerian market. In USA

the Spanish company offers services between

Fort Lauderdale (Florida, USA) and

the island of Grand Bahama, under the

Baleària Caribbean brand. In total Balearia

operates 31 different types of ferries. In

2018 the company transported 4.3 Mio

passengers and 1.05 mio cars and 310 tsd.

Trucks. Balearia has 1.700 employees and

generated revenue of 381 mio Euro. Balearia

is a young ferry company The history

of Baleària, began in June 1998 when

Adolfo Utor, the company’s current president,

spearheaded the founding of

Baleària together with other former

employees of the Flebasa shipping line,

which had become bankrupt.

LNG PIONEER IN THE MED

Balearia started two years ago to transform

a part of its existing fleet into LNG propulsion

combined with two new built ferries

from Visentini. Both RoPax “Hypatia de

Alejandría” and “Marie Curie” are in

service. Both vessels are 186 meters long

and can navigate 24 knots. They have two

LNG storage tanks with a volume of

330 m 3 . Balearia is a pioneer in the use of

this cleaner energy in the Mediterranean

area. After one-year operation the vessels

have a great performance and the management

is very satisfied. Balearia operates the

ferries with a crew of Spanish and Croatian

officers and engineers. It is known that

Croatian ship engineers have the most

experienced in the operation of gas engines

and gas tank systems. In the high

season the ferries sail with 24 knots without

any problems.

The fleet strategy of the Balearia to have

eight vessels with dual gas / fuel engines

this year ready, and another in 2021. It is

estimated if the nine vessels are operating,

570 tons of sulfur, 6,535 tons of Nox and

92,147 of C0 2

(equivalent to the annual

emissions of 60,000 cars or planting

180,000 trees) will be reduced. Baleària’s

investment in this new generation of ships

are 380 million euros, and includes the

three new vessels “Hypatia de Alexandria”

and “Marie Curie” and “Eleanor Roosevelt”

which is currently under construction

at the Armon de Gijón shipyard and

the remotorization of six vessels. The

RoPax vessels “Naples”, “Abel Matutes” and

“Bahama Mama” are sailing with LNG

already. In addition, throughout 2020

the other three remotorizations will be

carried at the ferries “Martin i Soler”,

“Sicilia” and “Hedy Lamarr”. To get the

LNG fast and safe into the vessels tanks

Baleària has launched a high-efficiency

natural gas supply in the port of Valencia.

It is a Multi Truck to Ship (MTTS) system,

in which several tanks operate simultaneously

to supply fuel to the ship. After

carrying out the test with this system

successfully, the shipping company will

use this new method daily. The transfer

speed with this system ranges between

80 and 120 m3 / h, depending on the

pumping characteristics of the tanks

used. The simultaneous supply of several

tanks to ship is faster than the usual

method, known as Truck To Ship (TTS), in

which it can only supply a single tank and

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30 and 50m 3 / h. This new bunker system

will be also installed at the port of Huelva

to support the ferries for the Canary island

service.

BIG DATA AND SMART SHIPS

Baleària works in a fleet control tower

using ‘big data’! A new control tower to

monitor the fleet through big data was in

2019 established. One more step in the

digital transformation and eco-efficiency

of the company, after the incorporation of

smart ships to natural gas, Technology at

the service of customers is already on the

smart ships a reality in Baleària. All new

ferries and the LNG rebuilt one got additional

a complete new digital system on

board.

All cabins could be opened only by a QR

code, which is available, by the smart

phone. Keys or door cards are no longer

needed. Passengers have on the smart

ships own free digital leisure platform; pet

video surveillance, Internet connection

and WhatsApp coverage throughout the

whole crossing.

The new control tower allows managing

more agile and efficient operations of

the fleet from different sources. Safety,

preventive maintenance of equipment

and commercial efficiency are the three

axes of the control tower. All emission of

pollutant gases will be in real time monitored.

But also the steering and course

control to optimize the fuel consumption

will be monitored. JPE

Scandinavia’s largest RoRo port is building for the future

Port of Trelleborg is now realizing Vision 2025

and will build, among other things, four new ferry

berths, new yards, new buildings for offices etc.

Watch our new animated film and have a look at

how the port may look like in a few years!

www.trelleborgshamn.se/en

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Aeroexpressen

Aeroexpressen

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The Rebirth of a Danish Ferry Line

“Aeroexpressen”

hugely positive story in the ferry industry

is how two communities re-

A

launched a ferry service in Denmark.

The people of Marstal on the Danish Island

of Aeroe and of Rudköbing on the

Danish Island of Langeland lost their

ferry link in 2013.

The ferry company Aaerofaergerne, owned

by the community of the Island of Aeroe,

was responsible for the closure of the traditional

ferry route between Marstal and

Rudköbing. The reason for closure was

stated as insufficient passenger and vehicle

numbers compared to the primary ferry

service between Svendborg and Aeroesköbing.

The latter also has two ferries, the

“Marstal” and “Aeroesköbing,” therefore a

higher number of crossings were available.

Aaerofaergerne also operates two ferry

services from the third largest port of Söby

in the western part of the island of

Aeroe to Faarborg (using the new electric

ferry “Ellen”) and to Fynshav (using the

conventional ferry “Skjoldnæs“).

After the ferry service to Rudköbing closed

in 2013, the residents in the eastern part of

Aeroe felt disadvantaged. There were also

calls for the route to be reopened from

Rudköbing on the island of Langeland. In

2014 someone proposed the operation of a

foot passenger ferry, with a capacity of 50

passengers, on the route. However, the

idea could not be brought to reality.

Aeroexpressen

Aeroexpressen

Aeroexpressen in Rudköbing port

In 2016 Christian Holm, Chairman of

Aeroexpressen and the leader of the project

to reintroduce a ferry service, started to

gain supporters and raise funds to form a

new ferry company and thus reopen the

closed service. Today the company, Aeroexpressen,

has 1,700 shareholders and base

capital from the Danish Green Investment

Fund of 5.4m Euro. In total, the company

invested 8m Euro into a new vessel and

new facilities at the port of Rudköbing.

In 2018 Mr Holm and some of the shareholders

ordered a new ferry from the

Hvide Sande shipyard. Additionally,

Aeroeexpressen signed a support contract

for Marketing, Consultancy and Booking

System support in 2019 with the FRS

Group (Förde Reederei Seetouristik) of

Germany. In December 2019 the new ferry

was ready and entered service. Company

Director Boye Kromann and his team

operate the ferry, named Aeroeexpressen,

offering up to eight departures daily in

each direction.

THE FERRY AEROEEXPRESSEN

The ferry “Aeroeexpressen” was designed

by the Hvide Sande Shipyard and is 49,35m

long with a 12,50m beam and capacity for

32 cars or a combination of 2 trucks/buses

and 16 cars. A maximum of 196 passengers

can be accommodated in summer but the

capacity is reduced in winter to 98 passen-

First departure in Rudköbing

gers. The ferry flies the Danish flag and has

a crew of three persons. The propulsion

system is diesel electric with two 534kWe/

730PS Scania diesel engines plus a battery

pack that is connected to two electric motors.

The batteries for the hybrid system

are designed to be charged from a shore

power source overnight in port. The

“Aeroeexpressen” is classified as a green

ship in Denmark and the new ferry company

also received subsidies from the

Green Fund. In the future it will be possible

to increase the ferry’s onboard battery

capacity to allow the vessel to operate solely

on electric power. Passengers can use a

free WiFi system on board and a 90-seat

passenger lounge is available on the upper

deck. A small lounge is also incorporated

in to the main deck with 12 seats reserved

for use by disabled passengers. JPE

Aeroexpressen

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Aeroexpressen

Aeroexpressen

ÆRØXPRESSEN DATA SHEET

Operator: AEROEXPRESSEN A/S

Yard:

Hvide Sande Skibs & Baadebyggeri, Denmark

Yard No.: 137

IMO No.: 9861500

Classification: Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship

Flag:

Denmark

Port of Registry: Marstal

Date of delivery: 17 December 2019

Service:

Marstal-Rudköbing

PRINCIPAL DIMENSIONS

Length overall: 49.33 m

Length waterline: 47.40 m

Beam:

12.50 m

Hull depth: 3.50 m (Deck 3)

Hull draft (max.): 2.20 m (Scantling)

Overall Height: 17.70 m

Deadweight: 100.0m

Gross tonnage: 479 gt

Payload: 70.0t

Net Tonnage: 144 NT

Freeboard: 1267.0mm

PASSENGER CAPACITIES

Total capacity: 196 (summer) 98 (winter)

Accommodation: 90-seater lounge + vending machines

(port side above vehicle deck)

Cabins:

N/A

Beds:

N/A

Crew: 3

CARGO ACCESS

Stern ramp(s): 6.4m wide

Bow ramp(s): 6.4m wide

Side ramp (s): N/A

Clear-Height: 4.50m (max) 2.35m (minimum)

Lift (s):

N/A

Lane Width: 2.95m (Approx.)

PROPULSION

Main engine:

Electric Motors:

2x Scania Diesel Engines o- 534kWe/730 PS

2x 474kW @ 2100 rpm Danfoss Editron

Fuel:

MGO

REMARKS

Fuel Capacity: 183m 3

Auxiliary engines: 2x 700 kVA - 560 kW

Gear boxes: N/A

Propulsion Gear: 2 Screw Propeller Solid LB (oil -closed) 5.00 @ 542 rpm

Thrusters: 1x Transverse Tunnel Bow Thruster

Service speed: 15 knots

Speed (max.): N/A

Additional Class Notation(s): ELECTRIC HYBRID(PM, ZE), AUT-UMS (SS)

Diesel-Electric Propulsion System with two 534 kWe/730PS Scania diesel

engines and a battery pack

Ro-Ro Drive-Through Vessel with single direction of travel

CAPACITY OF DECKS Deck-area in sqm Deckload (ton / sqm) Free height Cars Lane metres for trailers TEU‘s

Tank top:

Main Deck: 32

Upper Deck: -

Weather Deck: -

Hoistable Deck(s): -

Total: Not Supplied Not Supplied Not Supplied 32 Not Supplied 2

(16 cars + 2 Trucks)

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Port of Rostock

Rostocker Hafen

Kieler Hafen

Lübecker Hafen

Port of Kiel

Jürgen

Fährverkehre Rückrad

der deutschen Ostseehäfen

Die drei größten Ostseehäfen Kiel,

Lübeck und Rostock vermelden für

das Jahr 2019 zufriedenstellende Ergebnisse.

Für alle drei Häfen ist der Fährverkehr

die wichtigste Säule im Hafenumschlag

. Kiel investiert in eine grüne

emissionsfreie Zukunft, Lübeck ist mit

seiner LHG wieder auf einem guten Weg

und Rostock investiert in seine Kapazitäten.

KIEL HAT GROSSE ZIELE

Der Seehafen Kiel hat das Jahr2019 mit

einem zufriedenstellenden Ergebnis abgeschlossen.

Getragen von einer starken Kreuzfahrtsaison

stiegen die Passagierzahlen um 8,4

% auf knapp 2,4 Mio. Reisende. Im Frachtbereich

wurde auf den von SEEHAFEN

KIEL bewirtschafteten Terminalanlagen

ein Plus von 1,9 % auf 6,8 Mio. Tonnen erzielt.

Hinzu kommt der Massengutumschlag

an unabhängigen Anlagen, sodass

insgesamt die 7 Mio.-Tonnen-Marke. Dr.

Dirk Claus, Geschäftsführer der SEE-

HAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG: „Der Kieler

Hafen konnte in seinen Kerngeschäftsfeldern,

dem Fährverkehr und dem Kreuzfahrtbereich,

weiterwachsen. Der Fokus

unserer Investitionen ist gleichzeitig auf

die Umsetzung der BLUE PORT-Strategie

– auf die Landstromanlagen und den kombinierten

Ladungsverkehr – gerichtet, damit

der Kieler Hafen bis zum Jahr 2030 klimaneutral

ist. Am Norwegenkai bezieht

die Color Line bereits seit dem Frühsommer

2019 täglich Landstrom und ist

Vorreiter in Kiel.

Fährverkehre tragen immer stärker zum

gesamtumschlag bei

Kerngeschäft des Hafens sind die Stückgüter

im Fährverkehr, die mit knapp 6 Mio.

Tonnen inzwischen zu 85 % zum Gesamtumschlag

beitragen. Umschlagsstärkste

Linienverbindung war erneut die

von DFDS betriebene Linie Kiel – Klaipeda

(Litauen), auf der erstmals mehr als 2,5

Mio. Tonnen Ladung befördert wurden

und die im Herbst zeitweise mit einer achten

Abfahrt je Woche verstärkt wurde. Die

SCA Logistics GmbH, die das Forstproduktzentrum

des Ostuferhafens mit eigenen

RoRo-Frachtern zweimal wöchentlich

von der schwedischen Ostküste ansteuert,

hatte nach eigenen Angaben ein

anspruchsvolles Jahr. Dies ging mit einer

sehr positiven Entwicklung die Umschlags-

und Speditionsvolumen einher.

Längere Züge und neue Verbindungen

im Kombinierten Ladungsverkehr

Im Fährverkehr nach Norwegen bzw.

Westschweden macht sich der Einsatz ei­

Geschäftsführer Seehafen Kiel Dr. Claus

ner zusätzlichen Frachtfähre auf der Route

Kiel – Oslo positiv bemerkbar, während

zwischen Kiel und Göteborg im vergangenen

Jahr weniger unbegleitete Trailer befördert

wurden. Am Rbf Kiel-Meimersdorf

können ab sofort Züge mit einer

Gesamtlänge von 750 m (bisher 550 m) einfahren

und am Schwedenkai steht ein drittes

Rangier- und Aufstellgleis unmittelbar

vor der Fertigstellung. Am Schwedenkai

werden bereits heute 25 % der Hinterlandverkehre

per Bahn abgewickelt . Nachdem

im vergangenen Jahr knapp 24.000 Ladungseinheiten

auf die Bahn verladen wurden,

sollen es in diesem Jahr deutlich über

32.000 Einheiten werden. Die neue Linie

nach Bettembourg in Luxemburg läuft seit

Januar 2020 und ist vom ersten Tag an voll

ausgebucht. Die Linie verkehrt vom Schweden

Kai und bedient zurzeit ausschließlich

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die Schiffe der Stena Line. Diese Direktverbindung

wird zunächst dreimal wöchentlich

in jede Richtung mit 740 m langen

Zügen betrieben.

Investitionen in Terminalanlagen

und Umweltschutz

Aktuell investiert der PORT OF KIEL

knapp 30 Mio. Euro in Terminalanlagen

und Umweltschutz. Die mit 13 Mio. Euro

größte Einzelinvestitionen des PORT OF

KIEL ist aber die Landstromanlage für den

Ostsee Kai und den Schweden Kai. Der

Testbetrieb soll noch in dieser Saison aufgenommen

werden.

JPE

ROSTOCKER ÜBERSEEHAFEN

FEIERT 60JÄHRIGES JUBILÄUM

Am 20. April 1960 wurde der erste Überseehafen

als einer der modernsten Häfen

der DDR n Rostock eröffnet. Die ehemalige

DDR benötigte einen eigenen Überseehafen,

um Überseeverbindungen im eigenen

Land abfertigen zu können. Gleichzeitig

wurde Rostock der Heimathafen für

über 200 Schiffe der Deutschen Seereederei

(DSR).

Durch die politischen Veränderungen in

den Jahren 1989/1990 verlor der Überseehafen

Rostock seine eigentliche Bedeutung,

was zu einem dramatischen Umschlagsrückgang

führte. Fast sämtliche

Überseelinien, aber auch Liniendienste in

Nord- und Ostsee, wurden eingestellt. Der

Hafen musste sich im Reigen aller gesamtdeutschen

Ostseehäfen eine neue Position

erarbeiten. Die Ausgangslage stellte sich in

den vier Hafenbereichen Öl, Getreide,

Schütt- und Stückgut unterschiedlich dar.

Ein großer Vorteil für die weitere Entwicklung

des Hafens war, und ist es heute noch,

die geografische Lage dar. Die gute Verkehrsanbindung

über Schiene und Straße

lockte Fährreedereien bereits im Sommer

1990 an. Bis 1992 entstanden ganzjährige

Fährverbindungen nach Gedser und

Trelleborg. So konnten 1993 bereits ca. 1,0

Mio. Passagiere und 1,7 Mio. Tonnen

Güter transportiert werden. Diese Entwicklung

ermutigte die Hafenverantwortlichen,

Planungen für das Warnow-Fährterminal

in Auftrag zu geben. Dieses konnte

feierlich am 24. Juni 1994 eingeweiht

werden. Mit 3,5 Mio. Tonnen Ladungsumschlag

von Fährgütern im Jahr 1994

sicherte sich der Hafen Rostock eine

zukunftsfähige Position als Fährhafen. Bereits

im Jahr 2000 wurden 9,0 Mio. Tonnen

Fährgüter und 1,9 Mio. Passagiere im

Rostocker Hafen abgefertigt. Weitere Ro/

Ro-Liniendienste nach Finnland, Lettland

und Litauen etablierten sich in der Folgezeit.

Durch stetige Investitionen wurde

den Bedingungen des wachsenden Verkehrs

Rechnung getragen. Allein im Jahr

2019 wurden knapp 40 Mio. € in die

Hafen anlagen investiert. Bei einem

Dr. Gernot Tesch (links) und Aurel Scharner

Gesamtumschlag von 25,6 Mio. Tonnen

Gütern beträgt der Anteil der umgeschlagenen

Fährgüter mit 16,2 Mio. Tonnen

63% am Gesamtvolumen. Daher verwundert

es nicht, dass auch zukünftig in die Infrastruktur

für die rollende Ladung im Hafen

investiert wird. So trifft der Hafen derzeit

bauliche Vorkehrungen an den

Liegeplätzen 62 und 63, damit auch die

nächste Generation von Ro/Ro-Schiffen

mit über 6000 Lademetern und mit einer

Länge bis zu 250 Metern abgefertigt werden

kann.

Um Voraussetzungen für zukünftige

Verkehrsströme und Umschlagspotenziale

vor allem für Massengutschiffe zu schaffen,

erfolgt ab 2021 in einem Zeitraum von

ca. drei Jahren die Vertiefung des 15 Kilometer

langen Seekanals zum Rostocker

Hafen von 14,50 auf 16,50 Metern, so dass

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

Busverkehre auf Föhr und Amrum.

www.faehre.de

JPE

Schiffe mit einem Tiefgang bis zu 15,00

Metern einlaufen können. Aber auch die

Hafeninfrastruktur für Kreuzfahrtschiffe

wird ständig verbessert, so z. B. die Errichtung

des neuen Terminalgebäudes „Warnemünder

Cruise Center 8“ im Frühjahr

2020 oder der Umbau des Warnemünder

Bahnhofes für die Bedürfnisse der Kreuzfahrtpassagiere

(2020 werden 207 Kreuzfahrtschiffe

erwartet). Bei allen Investitionen

ist immer die Nachhaltigkeit von

großer Bedeutung. So erfolgt derzeit der

Bau einer Landstromanlage für die Liegeplätze

P7 und P8 in Warnemünde für

Kreuzfahrtschiffe. Die beiden Geschäftsführer

des Port of Rostock, Dr. Gernot

Tesch und Aurel Scharner haben sich den

aktuellen Fragen von RoPax gestellt:

RoPax: Ausblick für die kommenden Jahre

für den RoRo und Fährverkehr ab Rostock

- hat der Hafen genug Kapazitäten für weiteres

Wachstum und auch neue Verkehre

bzw. sieht man ein weiteres Wachstum

oder eher eine Stagnation oder Rückgang?

Dr. Gernot Tesch: Fähr- und RoRo-Verkehre

sind seit vielen Jahren Wachstumstreiber

des Güterumschlags im Überseehafen

Rostock und machen über 60 Prozent

am Gesamtumschlag aus. Der Ausbau

der Hafeninfrastruktur samt Flächen für

diese Verkehre entspricht dieser Entwicklung.

Um Schiffe mit einer Länge von bis

Zu den Inseln und Halligen

inselgrafik.com

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Der Warnowkai in Rostock

JPE

Port of Rostock

wie Wasserstoff als Terminal in Rostock

hinsichtlich der IMO Auflagen ab 2050

emissionsfrei zur See zu fahren bzw. ab

2030 wird auch LNG als Energieträger mit

einer zu hohen CO 2

Emission betrachtet

und dient hier nur als Brückentechnologie.

Aurel Scharner: Das LNG-Terminal­

Projekt schreitet gut voran, dies gilt insbesondere

für die für den Bau erforderlichen

Genehmigungen. ROSTOCK PORT beschäftigt

sich ebenfalls mit Fragen der

signifikanten Senkung der Klimagasemissionen

der über den Standort laufenden

Verkehrsströme, hier spielen Wasserstoffan

wendungen ebenfalls eine (zunehmend

wichtigere) Rolle. Mit der Etablierung einer

LNG Angebotsstruktur können kurzfristig

erhebliche Schadstoffreduzierungen

und erste nennenswerte CO 2

Reduktionen

erreicht werden.

RoPax: Gibt es weitere Planungen hinsichtlich

Landstromanschlüsse für alle

Fähren bzw. Schiffe, die in Rostock anlegen?

Aurel Scharner: Es gibt Überlegungen für

weitere Landstromanschlüsse im Überseehafen

Rostock, die in konkrete Planungen

münden werden, sofern von einer regelmäßigen

und kostendeckenden Nutzung

dieser Technologie ausgegangen werden

kann.

RoPax: Danke für das Gespräch.

Port of Rostock

Horst-Dieter Foerster

zu 220 bzw. 250 Metern im Fähr- und

RoRo-Bereich abfertigen zu können,

werden die Liegeplätze 62 und 63 seit Ende

2018 umgebaut. Der Liegeplatz62 wurde

Ende 2019 fertiggestellt. Die Arbeiten

am Liegeplatz 63 werden noch bis April

2020 dauern. Fähr- und RoRo-Güter

werden auch zukünftig eine dominierende

Rolle beim Güterumschlag im Überseehafen

spielen.

RoPax: Wie wurden die neuen Verbindungen

im Kombiverkher nach Norditalien,

Cervignano und auch nach Tschechien

und Rumänien angenommen? Hat Rostock

die Chance auch Ladung aus Triest bzw.

der Türkei zu bekommen in dem Verkehr

als weitere Wachstumsoption?

Dr. Gernot Tesch: Die Kombiverkehrsverbindung

des Kunden LKW WALTER nach

Cervignano verkehrt 3 x pro Woche, entwickelte

sich im Jahr 2019 sehr beständig und

beförderte über 7.000 Sattelauflieger. Ein

Shuttle per Straße verbindet das Interporto

Terminal mit dem Hafen Triest. Durch die

Nähe zum Hafen Triest können auch Ziele

im östlichen Mittelmeerraum mit der Ostsee

verbunden werden. Nach Tschechien

konnten die je dreimal pro Woche verkehrenden

LKW WALTER Züge + 29 % Steigerung

erzielen. Ziele sind die Regionen

Brünn und seit März 2019 Lovosice, an der

deutsch-tschechischen Grenze.

RoPax: Wie ist der Stand zum Bau des

LNG Terminals und gibt es neue Planungen

längerfristig in andere Energieträger

LÜBECKER HAFEN GEHT

STABIL IN DIE ZUKUNFT

Die Lübecker Hafen-Gesellschaft (LHG)

legte 2019 eine Punktlandung hin. Mit

rund 22,1 Millionen Tonnen erzielte sie

ein Umschlagergebnis, das nahezu exakt

auf Vorjahresniveau lag. Mit den vermieteten

Terminals ergeben sich 22,3 Millionen

Tonnen.

Die Ro-Ro-Verkehre (rund 730 000 Einheiten)

bewegten sich ebenfalls im Bereich

der Vorjahreszahlen. Während die Anzahl

der Trailer leicht zurückging, erhöhte sich

in gleichem Maße die Menge der begleiteten

Verkehre. Das Volumen der Fertigfahrzeuge

stieg leicht, und zwar um 1,5

Prozent auf knapp 70 000. Die Zahl der

Passagiere nahm um sechs Prozent zu und

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lag bei etwas mehr als 445 000. Geringe

Einbußen verzeichnete die LHG bei den

Forstprodukten Papier und Karton.

Deutlich zulegen konnte der Intermodalverkehr.

LHG-Tochtergesellschaft Baltic

Rail Gate er-zielte 2019 erneut eine herausragende

Bestmarke: Exakt 113 400

Trailer und Container wurden auf der

Intermodalanlage verladen. Das sind 9,5

Prozent mehr als im bisherigen Rekordjahr

2018. Prof Jürgens hat für RoPax noch

folgende Informationen gegeben:

RoPax: Wie ist der Ausblick für 2020 und

2021? Gibt es neue Perspektiven?

Prof Jürgens: 2020 erwarten wir keine

größeren Veränderungen, was den Markt

betrifft. In der Hafenentwicklung steht die

Ausbaustufe 2 des Skandinavienkais auf

der Agenda. Momentan wird Fläche abgetragen,

danach beginnt die Erweiterung der

Hafenfläche. Wir rechnen damit, dass die

Arbeiten Ende 2021 abgeschlossen sind.

2021 tritt das neue Transportkonzept unseres

Kunden Wallenius SOL in Kraft. Es

hat jedoch zunächst keine Auswirkungen

auf unsere Anlagen. Neue Schiffe des Reeders

erwarten wir erst zum Ende 2021.

Nordlandkai. Als erster deutscher Ostseehafen

mit diesem Angebot waren wir damals

so etwas wie die Vorreiter des Landstroms.

Die Nachfrage nach weiteren Anlagen

war einfach nicht gegeben. Im letzten

Jahr hat sich der Wind durch die derzeitige

Klimadebatte gedreht. Auch in die Diskussion

um die EEG-Umlage, die diese

Energieform teuer macht, ist Bewegung

gekommen. Aktuell planen wir gemeinsam

mit der LPA und der Reederei Finnlines

nun auch für das Terminal Skandinavienkai

eine derartige Landstromanlage.

Sie soll die Schiffe im Hansalink-Dienst

„an die Steckdose legen“.

Für weitere Lösungen an unseren Terminals

sind wir offen. Landstrom gehört allerdings

zur Infrastruktur und ist somit ein

Projekt der Hansestadt Lübeck. Daher befasst

sich federführend die Lübeck Port

Authority (LPA) damit.

Mit dem Thema „alternative Energien beschäftigen

wir uns schon seit längerem

intensiv. Dabei spielt Wasserstoff eine ganz

wesentliche Rolle. Ob wir unsere Ideen

verwirklichen können, hängt jedoch im

LHG

LHG

Wesentlichen davon ab, ob entsprechende

Vorhaben auch in Lübeck gefördert werden.

RoPax: Danke für das Gespräch.

JPE

ENGLISH SUMMARY

The three largest German Baltic Sea ports of Kiel, Lübeck and Rostock report satisfactory

results for 2019. For all three ports, ferry traffic is the most important pillar

in port handling. Kiel is investing in a green, emission-free future, Lübeck is on the

right track with its LHG and Rostock is investing in its capacities.

Prof. Jürgens

Dann sind die Erweiterungsarbeiten am

Terminal Skandinavienkai voraussichtlich

abgeschlossen, und die neuen Schiffe

können dort anlegen.

RoPax: Welche weiteren Ausbaumaßnahmen

werden geplant, und ist der Hafen

vorbereitet auf weitere größere RoRo und

RoPax Schiffe, wie die neue SuperStar

Klasse von Finnlines, die in ca. 2-3 Jahren

kommen können?

Prof Jürgens: In der Tat müssen wir uns

auf neue RoPax-Schiffe einstellen. Hierzu

laufen die entsprechenden Gespräche

und Planungen. Die neue SuperStar-Klasse

von Finnlines wird allerdings nach unserem

heutigen Kenntnisstand in den

nächsten zwei Jahren nicht in Lübeck eingesetzt.

RoPax: Will Lübeck auch in ein paar Jahren

allen Schiffen Landstrom anbieten so

wie Kiel, und hat Lübeck Pläne für die

ferne Zukunft, neue Energieträger anzubieten

wie Wasserstoff?

Prof Jürgens: Wie Sie wissen, verfügen wir

bereits seit mehr als zehn Jahren über

einen Landstromanschluss am Lübecker

LHG

The seaport Kiel reported the year 2019 with a satisfactory result. Carried by a strong

cruise season passenger numbers increased by 8.4 % to almost 2.4 million travellers.

In the cargo area was on the of SEEHAFEN KIEL managed terminal facilities

an increase of 1.9% to 6.8 million tons. Added to this is bulk handling on independent

systems so that a total of 7 million tons. Kiel invests in it Blue Port strategy

to become in 2030 an emission free port. Color Line got from last year at the

Norwegenkai shore power. More of these facilities will be at Schwedenkai and

Ostseekai installed in 2020.

ROSTOCKER OVERSEAS PORT CELEBRATES 60TH ANNIVERSARY On April

20, 1960, the first overseas port was opened as one of the most modern ports the GDR

in Rostock. The ex GDR needed its own overseas port, for overseas connections in

your own to be able to handle land. Simultaneously Rostock became the homeport

for over 200 ships of the Deutsche Seereederei (DSR).

In 2019 in total 25.6 million tons were handled in the prot of Rostock. Of it 16.2

million tons where transported via RoRo vessels and ferries 63% of the total volume.

The port of Rostock invests in new bigger berths for the new generation of bigger

RoPax vessels with a length of 250 meters. In Warnemünde a new cruise terminal is

under construction to offer more facilities for this growing market.

Port of Lübeck started robust into the New Year 2020. The Lübeck Port Society (LHG)

made a spot landing in 2019. They achieved around 22.1 million tons a handling

result that is almost exact was at the previous year‘s level. With the rented Terminals

total 22.3 million Metric tons. Ro-Ro traffic (around 730,000 units) also moved in

the area the previous year‘s figures. While the number the trailer slightly decreased,

increased to the same extent the amount of accompanied traffic. The number of

Passengers increased by six per cent and was just over 445,000. The LHG recorded

slight losses for the forest products paper and carton. Intermodal transport increased

significantly. LHG subsidiary Baltic Rail Gate achieved again in 2019 outstanding

record. The LHG looks positive into the future with its restructured and a collective

bargaining agreement strong focus on more traffic.

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market has been positive: they like the cabins,

they like the modern feel of the ship,

they like the restaurants. We were clear with

our strategy that we wanted a modern, classic

and timeless vessel – this is a long term

forty-year investment, and we believe the

styling will stand the test of time.

Irish Ferries

Irish Ferries Relies

on More Flexibility

Irish Ferries was established in 1973 and operates passenger and freight

services on routes between Ireland, Britain and France. Last year, the

ferry operator took delivery of its latest Cruise Ferry, the ‘W.B. Yeats’

from the Flensburg Shipyard (FSG).

The new ferry is the

largest ship in the

Irish Ferries fleet and

sails between Dublin

and Cherbourg in

the Spring/Summer

season, and on the

Dublin-Holyhead

route during Autumn/Winter.

Irish

Andrew Sheen Ferries is a division

of Irish Continental

Group (ICG), which trades on the Irish

Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange

RoPax visited the headquarters of

Irish Ferries in Dublin and spoke with the

Managing Director, Andrew Sheen.

RoPax: Last year you took delivery of the

new ‘W.B.Yeats’ from FSG. How was the

first year of operation?

Andrew Sheen: We successfully introduced

the sessel on the Dublin to Holyhead

route on 22nd January 2019, later transferring

her to our Dublin to Cherbourg route,

and completed a full year without any technical

cancellations. As is usually the case,

the first year of operation was challenging

because it is a bespoke ship like all new

Cruise Ferries. It is normal to expect some

minor problems whenever you have such a

large engineering project.

RoPax: Excellent, and how is the passenger

feedback?

Andrew Sheen: The feedback has been

very encouraging, aside from some initial

concerns regarding the change of port. We

relocated the Irish port for the service to

France from Rosslare to Dublin for very

good reasons. If you look at the population

of Ireland, it is very much concentrated

around Dublin, with 75% of the population

in the northern half of the country.

For these passengers, a Dublin departure

port makes most sense, and it considerably

“Most importantly,

the W.B. Yeats allows

us to facilitate two markets,

both tourism and freight.”

reduced their travel distance to the port.

Most importantly, the W.B. Yeats allows us

to facilitate two markets, both tourism and

freight. With the old ferry ‘Oscar Wilde’ we

had a very good tourism product from

Rosslare to Cherbourg and from Rosslare

to Roscoff, but the vessel could only carry

435 cars. However, during the peak Summer

tourist season, we did not have the

capacity to carry any freight. So, we made

this significant investment as the best balance

is to manage the needs of both freight

and tourism. The feedback from the tourist

NI Ferry Site

RoPax: I think the interior design of your

vessel is both very good and timeless.

Andrew Sheen: Thank you, coming from

the operations side of our business and as

a marine engineer, I believed that we needed

the flexibility of this ferry in order to be

able to operate her on any of our routes.

With the ’W.B. Yeats’ we have the flexibility

to operate a night ferry and also a day

ferry route. For example, we can close one

cabin deck of 250 cabins and reduce capacity

to 150 cabins. We can also close down

certain spaces and operate all services

from the self-service restaurant and café.

We can operate the Dublin to Holyhead

route with only two engines. We need the

four engines only for Summer to cover the

schedule and when the ship is fully booked.

The flexibility of the ’W.B. Yeats’ can cater

for a variety of scenarios.

RoPax: It is a great vessel concept.

Andrew Sheen: Yes of course, other elements

that passengers really like are features

like the dedicated car deck concept.

They prefer being away from the freight.

We have a dedicated staircase for Club Class

passengers and they also have their own entry

from the dedicated car deck. They are

the first on the ship and the first off.

RoPax: How is the traffic market on the

Dublin-Holyhead route?

Andrew Sheen: A proportion of our tourist

market is based on the visiting friends

and family sector between UK and Ireland.

Likewise, with the extended families,

where there is a lot of traffic back and forwards.

On top of this, there is also significant

tourist traffic. Our operational performance

was markedly improved in 2019.

RoPax: What do you invest in to become

more environmentally friendly?

Andrew Sheen: Our current focus is on

the fuel change from 1.5 to 0.5% sulphur, so

we are installing scrubbers on two of our

ships, the Ulysses and Isle of Inishmore.

RoPax: What is your opinion about the

fuel of the future?

Andrew Sheen: The basics of the Ro-Ro

Passenger vessel’s marine diesel engines

were designed 30 or 40 years ago for heavy

fuel oil with 3.5-4.5 % sulphur content, and

diesel engines were designed to efficiently

burn heavy fuel oil. Why then focus on

changing fuel into marine diesel when our

problem is an exhaust problem. Our problem

is what we put into the atmosphere.

When you consider alternatives such as

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LNG, it is not an easy subject to distil

down, it has been said that dual fuel

engines burning LNG on lower loads

eff ectively negate the CO2 emission

savings because of methane slip. LNG has

zero sulphur dioxide (SOX) which is good,

and it reduces the NOX which is also a big

plus. But the NOX are a small element of

marine diesel engine exhaust emissions

and we have had Tier 2 rules and Tier 3

rules in terms of limiting the amount of

NOX that a marine diesel engine can

produce. With the limit in SOX in terms

of air emissions, you can either burn more

expensive fuel that the engine is not designed

for or you burn heavy fuel oil that

the engine was designed for and fit exhaust

gas abatement equipment. But I come back

to your question, the oil of the future is

Ferry Ulysses

Irish Ferries

Great day for Hogia Ferry Systems and irish ferries signing contract for the implementation of the

new booking system of Hogia – Book it.

most probably hydrogen, or more correctly,

ammonia (as a Hydrogen carrier).

Electric propulsion systems with batteries

are good solutions for short distance

operations but not for long distance with

large ferries.

RoPax: If we come back to your other new

planned vessel from the Flensburg Shipyard.

How is the planning, do you have

some information?

Andrew Sheen: We have a contract with

the shipyard, and we expect that they will

fulfil all of their obligations.

RoPax: Do you see growth in the freight

market between France and Ireland in the

future?

Andrew Sheen: There is growth currently,

and some operators made some tests

on flows between Ireland and the

Continent. The message to freight operators

is secure your space early. Make sure

you secure your slots and capacity to

manage whatever checks come in after

Brexit.

RoPax: Thank you very much for the conversation.

Hogia

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

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72 / DATA SHEET

ALFRED

Strategic Marine

ALFRED DATA SHEET

Operator: Pentland Ferries

Yard:

Strategic Marine

Yard Location: Vung Tao, Vietnam

Yard No.: H765

IMO No.: 9823467

Classification: Lloyd’s Register LR +100 A1 SSC,

PASSENGER CATAMARAN, G3, MCH - 4 M SIG WAVE

Date of delivery: 29th August 2019

Service Debut: 1st November 2019

Service:

St Margaret‘s Hope-Gill’s Bay

Flag:

UK

Port of Registry Kirkwall

PRINCIPAL DIMENSIONS

Length Overall: 84.50 m

Length Waterline: 80.60 m

Beam:

22.00 m

Hull Depth:

N/A

Hull Draft (Design): 2.75m

Hull Material: Steel

Deadweight: 550dwt

Gross Tonnage: 2,991gt

Net Tonnage: N/A

CAPACITIES

Passenger Capacity: 430

Facilities: See Notes

Cabins: 12

Beds: 12

Crew: 12

CARGO ACCESS

Stern ramp(s):

Bow ramp(s):

Side ramp (s):

Internal ramp(s):

Lift (s):

REMARKS

Stern Loader

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

PROPULSION

Main engines: 4x Yanmar 6EY17W

Main Engine Output 4 x 749kW

Fuel:

MGO – 98,000 litres maximum capacity

Auxiliary engines: Information Not Supplied

Gear boxes: Information Not Supplied

Propellers: Quad-screw propulsion

Thrusters: 2x Transverse Tunnel Bow Thrusters

Service speed: 16 knots

Speed (max): N/A

Pentland Ferries is an Orcadian family business who run a ferry service connecting Orkney

to the mainland. The service runs from Gills Bay in Caithness to St Margaret’s Hope in Orkney

and can accommodate foot passengers, cars, bikes, tour buses and freight on the short

crossing (approx. one hour). The family receive no government funding.

The Alfred replaced the 2,382gt/2008 built Pentalina, which was built by FBMA Marine

in Cebu, the Philippines.

The Alfred is named after the Father of Pentland Ferries’ Founder, Andrew Banks.

Facilities: The rearmost areas of the passenger lounges provide seating for around

125 persons (slightly more than half of this number in the port side lounge) and forward of

here is a cafeteria lounge with at-table seating for 137 persons (port side) and 100 persons

(starboard side). The self-service cafeteria, galley, crew mess and crew lounge are located

forward on the section of deck that goes across the forward area of vehicle deck. There is

also a Children’s Play Area forward on the starboard side. The top deck features a covered,

dog-friendly 70-seater sun lounge. The outside deck is aft of this lounge and is split between

the two sides of the vessel, with seating for 48 passengers per area.

CAPACITY OF DECKS Deck-area in sqm Deckload (ton / sqm) Free height Cars Lane metres for trailers TEU‘s

Tank top:

Main Deck:

3m-5.75m

Upper Deck:

Weather Deck:

Hoistable Deck(s):

Total: 1 Main Deck Only N/A 98 (54 + Trucks) N/A 12 (9 HGVs + 3 Vans)

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Scandlines – Green and Quiet!

New Rotor and new thrusters for the fleet

Scandlines stands as a symbol of a historical

and close cooperation between

Denmark and Germany. Scandlines runs

two ferry routes with high capacity and

frequency as well as with a green vision

for the future.

With more than 43,000 departures on 8

ferries, in 2018 Scandlines transported 7.4

million passengers, 1.8 million cars and

more than 700,000 freight units and 36,000

busses on the routes Puttgarden-Rødby

and Rostock-Gedser. The first double end ferry

„Schleswig Holstein“ got it`s new thrusters

in autumn 2019. The new thrusters are reducing

underwater noise and have less vibration.

or during manoeuvres no longer wakes up

the off duty crew. A captain of ferry

“Schleswig Holstein” reports after 20 years

duty on the ferries it is the first time that he

has slept through without vibration disturbances.

Passengers can eat and drink more

comfortable without vibrations. Scandlines

is the ferry shipping company with a

steady improvements in it`s processes and

systems. RoPax asked CEO Søren Poulsgaard

Jensen about the next steps.

RoPax: How was the year 2019 for Scandlines

in passenger traffic and cargo?

Søren Poulsgaard Jensen: Our annual

report won’t be published until May. We

expect a result on par with 2018.

Søren Poulsgaard Jensen

Scandlines

Every year at 01 of January in Warnemünde –

Scandlines promotes the Funnel light show.

This new propulsion system will 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

!

Additional the new thrusters have another

positive impact the vibrations in the ports

Scandlines

RoPax: Scandlines is the leading “green”

ferry operator. With the installation of

Flettner Rotor in spring 2020 at your ferry

“Copenhagen” you will take the next step.

How are your prognoses for emission and

fuel reduction?

Søren Poulsgaard Jensen: The route

between Gedser to the north and Rostock

to the south is almost perpendicular to the

prevailing wind from west giving Scandlines

favourable conditions for using Rotor

Sails on the ferry crossing. Preparations for

the retrofit took place in November 2019

with the installation of the rotor sail scheduled

for Q2 2020. M/V Copenhagen will

be retrofitted with one large-sized Norsepower

Rotor Sail unit that is 30m in height

and 5m in diameter. By installing a rotor

sail, we expect to reduce CO 2

emissions on

the Rostock-Gedser route by four to five

per cent.

RoPax: Scandlines target is to operate in

some years with zero emission. What are

the next steps?

Søren Poulsgaard Jensen: We continue

our green initiatives, as our goal remains

zero emission ferry operation within a few

years. We are installing new thrusters on

the three remaining passenger ferries

operating the Puttgarden-Rødby route

during 2020. Investment: 13 MEUR. The

new thrusters (Kongsberg Maritime:

model name Contaz 35) allow a homogenous

water flow, which gives less noise and

vibration. The exchange lessens the environmental

impact significantly. Reduced

underwater noise and less vibration can

improve the conditions for the marine life

in the Fehmarn Belt area – among these

the harbour porpoises. Furthermore,

easier water flow during propulsion

ultimately reduces emissions, including

CO 2

. Together with the new thrusters,

head boxes are installed which slightly

change the ship hull around the thruster

to further optimise the water flow to the

propeller. Tank tests indicate that with the

new thrusters CO 2

emissions can be

reduced by a further 10 to 15 per cent. The

thruster control system on the bridge will

be exchanged as well. The new thrusters

are an important element on our way

towards zero emission – and we am very

pleased that this can be combined with

less impact on the underwater life in Fehmarn

Belt.

RoPax: Do you plan to invest more to sail

complete green in the future? Do you will

also install some systems at your cargo

vessel “Kronprins Frederik”?

Søren Poulsgaard Jensen: However, we

don’t have any plans about upgrading

“Kronprins Frederik”.

Scandlines

RoPax: Thank you very much for the

conversation.

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