Fjord1 Ownership in Dispute

Norway’s largest ferry company, Fjord1, faces a new wave of conflict after a divided county board in Sogn og Fjordane voted to sell its stake in Fjord1 to Torghatten, a rival transport firm that also owns the regional airline Widerøe. Fjord1’s board chairman, several board members and the ferry company’s chief executive officer responded to the pending …read more

Two Japanese RoPax Ordered

Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) reports that group company Ferry Sunflower Limited is moving ahead with plans to construct two large-scale RoPax  ferries.  The newbuildings will be delivered in March and June of 2018 from shipbuilder Japan United Marine as replacements for the Sunflower Satsuma and Sunflower Kirishima.  They will be 13,500 GT with …read more

Ferry Sinks in Indonesia

On the morning of November 16, the Indonesian ro/pax ferry Wihan Sejahtera listed, capsized and sank just a quarter mile off at the port of Surabaya, Indonesia. According to local media, the ship began taking on water shortly after leaving her berth, and her crew turned her to head back to the dock immediately. She quickly …read more

Denmark-Germany Tunnel Challenged

Two prominent Scandinavian ferry lines are set for a court battle with Brussels, arguing that they face unfair competition from an EU-backed undersea tunnel planned between Denmark and Germany. The dispute is an important test case to determine the extent to which national governments can subsidise or underwrite the massive infrastructure projects that lie at …read more