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Scandlines now operates two hybrid ferries on the Rostock-Gedser route

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On Sunday evening 5 February 2017, the two new hybrid ferries M/V Berlin and M/V Copenhagen went into ordinary service on the Rostock-Gedser route.

In May and December 2016, Scandlines inserted two new ferries on the Rostock-Gedser route. Until then the route had been operated by two former Great Belt ferries, which were no longer able to meet the capacity requirements. For the first time in history, two new ferries were especially designed for the route as Scandlines wanted to give the customers a special maritime experience on board as well as increase the effectiveness of the service.

The vessels were originally fitted with a combined diesel mechanic and diesel electric propulsion system. As part of the completion at the Danish shipyard FAYARD A/S, a battery bank was installed so that the vessels operate as hybrid ferries today. Subsequently to the delivery, a yard stay was planned in order to complete the technical installations. This work has now been completed, and on Sunday both ferries went into ordinary service on the Rostock-Gedser route.

The two new ferries are operated by the Scandlines’ hybrid propulsion system combining traditional diesel power with electric battery power. This enables the ferry to optimise its fuel consumption by adjusting its engine output, and at the same time there is a redundant power supply in case one of the diesel engines stops unintentionally. Along with other optimising initiatives, the fuel consumption of the vessels has been reduced to almost one third per crossing per car compared to the former ferries on the route.

Both new vessels have also been fitted with an exhaust gas cleaner, a so-called closed-loop-scrubber. The scrubber cleans at least 90 percent of the sulphur and particulate matter out of the exhaust gas, thereby emitting water vapour from the funnel of the ferry.

At 18,000 kW, the vessels operate at speeds of up to 22 knots (41 km/h), and the 48.9 km between Rostock and Gedser are covered in 1 hour and 45 minutes.

With space for 460 cars or 96 lorries the capacity on the route has been more than doubled. Furthermore, Scandlines has extended the timetable so that there are up to 21 daily departures.

About Scandlines

Scandlines stands as a symbol of a historical and close cooperation between Denmark, Germany and Sweden since 1872. Under the names Scandlines and Scandlines Helsingør-Helsingborg three short ferry routes are marketed with high capacity and frequency and with a green vision for the future.

The core business is to provide an efficient and reliable transport service for both passengers and freight customers. The main focus for all activities in Scandlines is to create value for our customers on board the ferries as well as in the shops of Scandlines.

With more than 90,000 departures on 12 ferries, in 2015 Scandlines transported 15 million passengers, 3.3 million cars, 900,000 freight units and 65,000 busses on the routes Puttgarden-Rødby, Rostock-Gedser and Helsingør-Helsingborg.

Read more about Scandlines at www.scandlines.com

Ninth IMOIIMAX tanker, Stena Immaculate, named in Guangzhou, China

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Guests at the Stena Immaculate’s naming ceremony. Photo Silverbullet
Guests at the Stena Immaculate’s naming ceremony. Photo Silverbullet

The Stena Immaculate , the ninth of a total of 13 IMOIIMAX MR tankers, was named today, 10 January 2017. The vessel is owned by Stena Bulk and her godmother was Katarina Ljungqvist, Head of Handelsbanken Western Sweden. The solemn naming ceremony was held at the shipyard GSI (Guangzhou Shipbuilding International) in Guangzhou from where the vessel will be delivered within the next few days.

A large number of guests, from both corporate management and partners as well as representatives of the shipyard had gathered on the quayside to attend the naming ceremony. The ceremony began with traditional Chinese dance and music before godmother Katarina Ljungqvist swung the bottle of champagne against the tanker’s bows and wished the vessel, her captain and his crew fortune and prosperity on the seven seas. The Stena Immaculate’s captain, Sachin Salunkhe, then showed the guests around the newly built vessel. On her maiden voyage, with a cargo including vegetable oils, she will sail from Papua New Guinea to Europe.

“Almost exactly two years have passed since the delivery of our first IMOIIMAX tanker and the vessels are continuing to perform beyond our expectations. The concept has set a new standard for both cargo efficiency and bunkers consumption. With number nine of the13 vessels on order soon out on the market, this tanker will be yet another addition to our high-quality fleet. We would also like to take the opportunity to thank the shipyard GSI for fantastic collaboration during both the technological development and construction”, said Erik Hånell, President & CEO, Stena Bulk.

Facts – the IMOIIMAX concept
The chemical and product tanker has a length of 183 metres, a beam of 32 metres and a deadweight of 50,000 tons. IMOIIMAX is a further development of an already well-established concept and the innovative technical design was developed by Stena Teknik together with the Chinese shipyard GSI. It offers several advantages such as extra large cargo flexibility, a high level of safety and economical fuel consumption – 10-20% lower than that of equivalent vessels when sailing at service speed.

All the IMOIIMAX tankers will be included in a fleet operated by Stena Weco and will sail in the company’s global logistics system, which currently employs more than 60 vessels.

The delivery of the tenth IMOIIMAX tanker, the Stena Impeccable , is expected to take place in March 2017. The remaining three vessels will be delivered by 2018. Five of the 13 IMOIIMAX tankers are wholly owned by Stena Bulk, four together with GAR (Golden Agri Resources), two by Stena Bulk’s sister company Concordia Maritime and two by Stena Weco.

Costa Luminosa Sets Sail Around The World

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The exclusive Costa Cruises 2017 Around the World Cruise departs on 6 January: 106 days exploring the most interesting sights on 5 continents, crossing 3 oceans and visiting 35 fascinating destinations. 

Genoa, 5 January 2017 The Costa Cruises 2017 Around the World Cruise will set sail from Savona on 6 January on board Costa Luminosa: a thrilling 106-day journey that will take guests on an exploration of the most wonderful sights on 5 continents, across 3 oceans and visiting 35 destinations, before returning to Savona in Italy on 22 April 2017. This special cruise is a Costa exclusive, offered each year since 2011, after the cruise’s great success in the 70s and 80s. It is every traveller’s dream: a truly unique opportunity to circumnavigate the globe in slightly more than three months, following in the footsteps of history’s great navigators, and coming into contact with magnificent cultures and enjoying spectacular scenery.  

 Just over 2,000 cruise passengers have reserved a cabin on the 2017 Around the World Cruise.  They hail from 37 different countries, the majority from France (around 600), Germany (just under 500),Switzerland (around 300), Italy (over 200) and Spain (around 150). The oldest explorer, a man from Switzerland, is 96 years old, and the youngest is a little Italian girl who is just 2.

A special highlight of the Costa Cruises 2017 Around the World Cruise is that it will cross both Tropics, heading down to Gibraltar then Cape Horn, before heading back up to Polynesia, Australia, India, the Suez Canal and finally Savona.  Along the way Costa Luminosa will call at some wonderful destinations, such as Casablanca (Morocco), Salvador and Rio De Janeiro (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Punta Arenas and Valparaiso (Chile), Easter Island (Chile), Tahiti (Polynesia), Auckland (New Zealand), Sydney, Melbourne and Perth (Australia), Mumbai, Goa and Cochin (India), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Muscat (Oman) and Aqaba (Jordan). Anyone not lucky enough to be travelling on this incredible voyage on Costa Luminosa can follow it on the Costa Cruises website(http://www.costacruise.com/usa/costa_luminosa.html), via the two live webcams installed on board.

Another highlight of this cruise will be the stops of several days in many of the itinerary’s destinations, giving guests the chance to enjoy the atmosphere in these far-flung locations to the full on thewonderful shore excursions offered.    

In Casablanca they can take a thrilling excursion exploring the city’s more modern and cosmopolitan side, travelling along Boulevard Moulay Youssef, one of the city’s main thoroughfares, to the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in the world after Mecca. Back on the seafront they’ll head through La Corniche with its chic shops and restaurants.  And it will be in one of these restaurants that they can try some traditional local food, a heady mix of flavours, fragrances and colours, with some Arab-Andalusian music and traditional dance for entertainment. 

In Rio De Janeiro they can head off by jeep and explore the city’s most beautiful sights, from the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, the world-famous symbol of Brazil, to the panoramic spots of Boa Vista and Vista Chinesa, passing through the Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest on the planet.  Guests can walk through it in the company of a guide, admiring the splendid Waterfall of the Monkeys before returning on board.

One of the most fascinating tours that Costa offers is during the stopover at Ushuaia, with a four-day excursion taking in two of southern Patagonia’s main attractions: the Perito Moreno glacier and the Torres del Paine National Park. Guests will head south from Ushuaia on a short flight, where this unforgettable experience begins: after a traditional dinner and a good night’s rest, they can admire the 250 km2 Perito Moreno glacier, the third largest natural reserve of fresh water in the world.  The third day will take them on a visit to the Torres del Paine National Park, now a UNESCO biosphere reserve thanks to its numerous glaciers, lakes, rivers and valleys.  The western side of the park will be the main event of day four on this excursion, with a trip to Del Toro Lake, the park’s largest, with lots of panoramic observation points.  The tour will end at Punta Arenas, from where they’ll head back to Costa Luminosa.  

There are plenty of tours too for the more adventurous passengers: an exciting helicopter tour on the long stopover at Papeete, flying over the capital’s lagoon and the sea around Tahiti, from where they can admire the coral reef, the white sand, and the lush green valleys and mountain tops, or an adrenaline-inducing climb up Harbour Bridge in Sydney, walking approximately 1500 metres along a series of walkways, stairs and arches on a three-hour tour. 

And finally, to see the shores of Dubai from the air, Costa offers a premium tour by seaplane flying at 1,500 feet, where guests can enjoy seeing the city’s magnificent skyscrapers from a privileged viewpoint.  This totally exclusive tour will give them the chance to observe the historic Dubai Creek, Palm Jumeirah, Hotel Atlantis, Hotel Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, The World Islands and many other attractions from on high.

Scandlines’ new hybrid ferry in operation

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Photo By: Bernd Wüstneck
Photo By: Bernd Wüstneck

On Wednesday 21 December 2016, Scandlines’ second new hybrid ferry for the Rostock-Gedser route, M/V Copenhagen, will carry passengers for the first time when it departs from Gedser towards Rostock at 09:00.

Scandlines new hybrid ferry was registered 19 December 2016 and departed the same day from the Danish yard FAYARD A/S. 20 December 2016 it was practicing between Rostock and Gedser and today Wednesday 21 December 2016 at 09:00 from Gedser in Denmark the ferry will go into ordinary service.

M/V Copenhagen is the second of two new hybrid ferries for the Rostock-Gedser route. M/V Copenhagen replaces M/V Kronprins Frederik, which will be used as a replacement ferry on both the Rostock-Gedser and Puttgarden-Rødby routes. With an extra ferry, which can be deployed on both routes, the total capacity as well as the stability of the schedules will be ensured.

”I am happy that we can now offer our customers this fantastic vessel which together with the sister vessel Berlin also is the world’s biggest hybrid ferry. The new ferries represent an investment of more than 140 million EUR per vessel and are a substantial upgrade of the central and eastern transport corridor between the European mainland and Scandinavia,” says Søren Poulsgaard Jensen, Scandlines’ CEO.

Together with the manufacturer of the diesel electric engines of the vessels, MaK/Caterpillar, Scandlines has deemed it necessary to rebuild the injection system (common rail) of M/V Berlin’s and M/V Copenhagen’s engines. Unfortunately, the new injection modules cannot be delivered until 1 January 2017, and both vessels will therefore be converted during January 2017. Accordingly, M/V Kronprins Frederik will take turns during January, to replace the two new vessels. Consequently, the yard stay will not affect the timetable for the Rostock-Gedser route.

Read more about the new ferries on the Rostock-Gedser route.

Brittany Ferries prepares way for new liquid natural gas (LNG) powered ship

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Brittany Ferries has today signed a letter of intent with the Flensburger Schiffbau shipyard in Germany to construct a new ship powered by LNG.

It will be one of the cleanest, most environmentally-friendly ships to operate in UK waters because LNG emits less carbon dioxide during combustion than marine fuel oil and burns with no smoke. In addition it is free of sulphur and is very low in nitrogen oxide emissions.

Christophe Mathieu, CEO, Brittany Ferries said: “The signing of this letter of intent with the Flensburger shipyard is a concrete step towards the construction of a new generation of Brittany Ferries ships. Despite Brexit, we remain confident in our ability to continue to grow and modernise our route network, serving both tourism and trade in the regions of western Europe.”

More than four in five people travelling on the French company’s ships are British and more than 2.4 million passengers were carried in 2016. A final contract for the 1,680 passenger and 257 cabin vessel is expected to be signed in spring 2017, following which construction will start.

The new ship is expected to launch in 2019 on the Portsmouth­-Caen route which offers three daily return sailings. It will operate in tandem with popular cruise ferry, Mont St Michel, launched in 2002.

Today’s announcement re-states Brittany Ferries’ commitment to reduce the environmental impact of its operations by embracing new technologies. It follows the completion of a £65 million investment in emission-reducing ‘scrubber’ systems which have been retrospectively fitted to six cruise ferries in the company’s ten-ship fleet.

Technical details for the new ship
Length
185 metres
Breadth
31 metres
Draught
6.5 metres
Tonnage
42,000 gross tonnes
Passengers
1,680
Passenger cabins
257
Passenger areas
5,200 m2
Vehicle capacity
2,600 lane metres (130 freight trailers, or 550 cars and 64 freight trailers)

About Brittany Ferries

Scandlines’ second new ferry has left the shipyard

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On Monday 19 December 2016, the second of Scandlines’ new hybrid ferries for the Rostock-Gedser route left the Danish shipyard FAYARD A/S. M/V Copenhagen will go into operation on Wednesday 21 December 2016 at 09:00 from Gedser in Denmark.

During the last couple of months, the vessel successfully completed a comprehensive test programme (Harbour Acceptance Tests). On Monday 28 November 2016, M/V Copenhagen therefore went on a five-day sea trial (Sea Acceptance Tests), where among other things the manoeuvrability was tested under usual and unusual conditions.

M/V Copenhagen and the approximately 100 sea trial participants went among other things to the northern Kattegat. ”The vessel performs fully as expected, it is a pleasure”, explains Senior Captain Christian B. Jensen. ”The maximum speed was measured at 24.5 knots off the Swedish coast”.

After the successful sea trial, M/V Copenhagen returned to the shipyard FAYARD A/S for the final adjustments. On Monday 19 December 2016, the vessel set course for its future route between Rostock in Germany and Gedser in Denmark. M/V Copenhagen will go into operation on Wednesday 21 December 2016 at 09:00 from Gedser.

FAYARD A/S’ CEO Thomas Andersen says: ”I am pleased that FAYARD and our employees have been able to tackle the task and am very happy that Scandlines’ new hybrid ferry now leaves the yard as a beautiful swan”.

Together with the manufacturer of the diesel electric engines of the vessels, MaK/Caterpillar, Scandlines has deemed it necessary to rebuild the injection system (common rail) of M/V Berlin’s and M/V Copenhagen’s engines. Unfortunately, the new injection modules cannot be delivered until 1 January 2017, and both vessels will therefore be converted during January 2017. Accordingly, M/V Kronprins Frederik will take turns during January, to replace the two new vessels. Consequently, the yard stay will not affect the timetable for the Rostock-Gedser route.

Read more about the new ferries on the Rostock-Gedser route.

SOL STRENGTHEN ITS FLEET WITH THREE MODERN ICE CLASS 1A SUPER RORO VESSELS

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Swedish Orient Line announced today that it has now taken control of the three new modern ice class 1A super RoRo vessel,Transpulp, Transtimber and Transpaper built in 2006 and 2007. They are time chartered to Stora Enso, a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wood and paper.

The vessels will be renamed Thuleland, Tundraland and Tavastland “Swedish Orient Line has acquired the disponent ownership of three vessels from Viking Supply AS”, says Ragnar Johansson, Managing Director, Svenska Orient Linien AB. “We are very happy to strengthen our fleet with the three vessels, a further prove of SOL’s growing business and ambitions”, sats Johansson.

The growth of SOL demonstates the agility and adaptability of SOL’s strategy to constantly develop the route network and its services. SOL is committed to continually offer a convenient, frequent and fast transport services to its customers and will further increase its level of service on existing routes.

EPIC GAS LTD. TAKES DELIVERY OF 11,000CBM NEWBUILDING

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Epic Gas Ltd. announced today that the 11,000cbm LPG carrier Epic Samos, the fifth vessel in the Company’s series of eight newbuildings, delivered on 30 November 2016 from Kyokuyo Shipyard, Japan.

Epic Gas remains committed to the delivery of a high quality fleet of long term controlled assets across the full pressurised sector of 3,300 – 11,000cbm, with an outstanding fully funded new building program of one 7,500cbm vessel and one 11,000cbm vessel, plus an additional 11,000cbm new building to be delivered under a bareboat charter to Epic Gas.

Investigation into collision between Saga Sky and Stema Barge II during heavy weather in the English Channel.

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MAIB has commenced a safety investigation into a collision between the forest product carrier Saga Sky and the anchored stone carrying barge Stema Barge II, close to the port of Dover on Sunday 20 November 2016. The UK Coastguard evacuated all non-essential crew, there were no injuries and despite significant hull damage, both vessels remained afloat. The French emergency towing vessel Abeille Languedoc stood by during the later stages of the incident.

Saga Sky had discharged a cargo of wood pulp in Brake, Germany and was sailing in ballast to Uruguay. The vessel entered the Dover Strait traffic separation scheme early on the morning of 20 November. As the weather rapidly deteriorated, with wind speeds in excess of 80 knots, the vessel’s speed dropped and it began to pitch heavily. The propeller came out of the water causing the engine to overspeed and shut down.

Saga Sky’s engine was restarted and the vessel was manoeuvred out of the traffic lane. However, it then began to drift rapidly towards shallow water. Both anchors were deployed but this failed to arrest the drift.

Saga Sky impacted with Stema Barge II at about 0840. The collision resulted in significant damage to both vessels. When the weather abated and, following a stability assessment and redistribution of ballast, Saga Sky was able to proceed safely to Dunkirk for assessment.

Stena Line over the moon to celebrate 21st birthday

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LEADING ferry company Stena Line will celebrate the 21st birthday of its successful route between Dublin and Holyhead on November 18 and to ensure customers can join in on the party, Stena Line is offering 21%* off all bookings on this route for travel up to March 31 2017 when booked by November 21 2016. Take advantage of this offer now to book travel for your festive break or a getaway in the New Year.

Stena Line has been transporting customers from Dublin in style since 1995 and as a result, the ferry company has lots of fun and interesting facts that are sure to make your brain go into overdrive!

For instance, did you know that if you were to travel the same amount of miles that a Stena Line ship has travelled between Dublin and Holyhead over the last 21 years you could travel to the moon and back 6 times!Another mind-bending fact is that if you were to travel the same amount of miles that a Stena Line ship has travelled from Dublin to Holyhead and back over 21 years you couldtravel around the earth 123 times.

It’s no wonder that the number of miles covered is so great as eight ships have sailed on the Dublin to Holyhead route a staggering 42,000 times and the current ships that sail, the Stena Adventurer and the Stena Superfast X, can carry a massive 1,500 and 1,200 passengers respectively.

Diane Poole OBE, Head of PR and Communications at Stena Line said:

“We are over the moon to be celebrating the 21st Birthday of the Dublin to Holyhead route and to treat our customers to something special, we’ve decided to offer them a great value 21% off their next Stena Line sailing.

“This route is extremely popular and we are proud to have carried over 9.4 million customers across the Irish Sea since 1995 and we look forward to meeting many more in the years to come. Some of our staff have actually worked on this route for the past 21 years so lots of our customers enjoy seeing a familiar face when they step onboard,” added Diane.

To find out more go to www.stenaline.ie/21 and when booking your journey use the offer code 21ST.

Stena Line is the Irish Sea’s leading ferry company with an unrivalled choice of 4 routes and 28 daily sailings between Ireland and Britain, plus a direct route to France from Rosslare.

Whilst onboard passengers can enjoy free movies, free Wi-Fi as well as lots of savings in the onboard shop and fun for all the family with children’s play areas and entertainment.

*Customers can avail of this offer from November 17th to 21st for travel up to March 31 2017 on the Dublin to Holyhead and Rosslare to Fishguard route only.

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