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British Ferry Traffic Continues to Grow

Jan 23, 2015

Shippax Information

Britain’s ferry industry recorded increases across the board last year with passenger numbers up 2.6% or a full million to 39.01 million, compared with 38.01 million in 2013. Passenger car numbers climbed 1.6% to 8.5 million, and over 163,300 coaches were carried by ferry in 2014, an increase of 3.1%.

The figures released by industry body Discover Ferries show a second successive year of annual growth with figures increasing, in round terms, from 37 million passengers in 2012 with the strongest passenger growth on Continental services up 3.7% to 18.32 million, the key Dover-Calais/Dover-Dunkerque short Channel routes operated by DFDS Seaways, P&O Ferries and MyFerryLink handling 13.29 million of them, growth of 4.4%.

Ferry passengers travelling to Ireland with Irish Ferries, P&O and Stena were up 1.4% overall in 2014 to 4.87 million. Domestic traffic increased by 1.8% overall to 15.83 million passengers with Scottish routes doing best, with passenger figures for CalMac and Northlink up 3.9% to 6.19 million.

New CEO at Shipowners P&I Club

Jan 22, 2015

Following a Board meeting on January 15th, the Shipowners’ P&I Club has announced the appointment of Simon Swallow as Chief Executive, in succession to Charles Hume, with effect from 9th March. Chairman, Philip Orme, said: “I am delighted that the Board has appointed Simon Swallow a Chief Executive. Simon is very well known in the market, having been with the Club for over 23 years. As Commercial Director in recent years he has led the business development of the Club and I have no doubt that he will build on that success as Chief Executive.” Simon Swallow said: “I am honoured to have been chosen by the Board to succeed Charles as Chief Executive, and I am very grateful for the support of all the staff, as well as the membership and broking community, as I take on the role.”

Condor Sells Cats to Greece

Jan 14, 2015

Lloyd’s List

UK operator Condor Ferries has agreed to sell a pair of 86m ro-ro passenger catamarans to Greece-based SeaJets. The Condor Express and Condor Vitesse, built by Tasmanian yard Incat in 1996 and 1997 respectively, will be added to SeaJets’ Aegean operation. The Greek company currently runs a fleet of six catamarans and the world’s largest monohull fast ferry, the 145 m Tera Jet, to destinations in the Cyclades and the island of Crete. No price was immediately put on the deal, which is thought to have been brokered by passenger vessel specialists Masters Shipping.

The two vessels, which can each accommodate 700-800 passengers and up to 200 vehicles, are being replaced on Condor’s Channel Island routes by a larger new trimaran acquired last year from Austal Shipbuilders. The vessel arrived in the UK port of Poole at the end of last year and is currently undergoing a full internal refit. It is due to start service for Condor by the second quarter of this year.

Cape Verde Ferry Sinks off West Africa

Jan 11, 2015

PressTV

Rescue workers are searching for 18 missing people following a ferry accident near the Cape Verde islands, off the west coast of Africa.  The fire brigade chief told local media outlets on Friday that four people, including three crew members, were rescued by nearby vessels or boats in the area, but the rescue operations were still underway to find the rest of the victims.
 
Ferry Vicente capsized as it was heading from the capital Praia to the island of Fogo in the south on Thursday. The ferry sank three nautical miles (six kilometers) from Fogo. Sources say the vessel was carrying a cargo of presumably vehicles and containers. At least 22 passengers and crew went missing following the accident. The cause of the disaster is still unknown.

The search for survivors was slowed by a lack of facilities amid poor weather conditions in the archipelago. Authorities in Cape Verde have also asked Angola to send aircraft to help with the rescue operation.

UK Tribunal Rules against Eurotunnel Ferries

Jan 9, 2015

Lloyd’s Loading List

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) today upheld the judgement issued by the Competition Markets Authority’s (CMA) in June last year banning Eurotunnel’s cross-Channel ferry subsidiary MyFerryLink from operating on the Dover strait on fair competition grounds.
 
Eurotunnel has six months to comply with the judgement but has already indicated that it is now seeking a buyer for MyFerryLink, which began its operations in August 2012. In a statement this morning, it described the CMA’s judgement as “illogical” as it “reduces competition across the short straits and it is contrary to the interests of free trade”.

In its own statement, MyFerryLink said the workers co-operative that runs the company’s three ferries was going to lodge an appeal in the UK in the coming days. It underlined that it would continue to operate as normal during the appeal period.
 
Last year, MyFerryLink, which claims to have a 10% share of the Dover-Calais freight traffic market, transported close to 400,000 trucks.

Fast Ferry Sinks off Costa Rica

Jan 9, 2015

Tradewinds

Three people have died after a high speed catamaran sank off the Latin American nation of Costa Rica. The 120-passenger Pura Vida Princess (built 2007) sank yesterday while on a voyage from Marina Los Suenos to Tortuga, a popular resort island off the country’s central Pacific coast. On board were 98 passengers, mostly foreign tourists, and 10 crew.  They were rescued by nearby boats. Costa Rica’s Public Security Ministry has confirmed that three passengers died in the incident.

The victims were from the US, UK and Canada. The cause of the sinking is not known. Local authorities say the area was affected by high winds and passengers report that the ship was swamped by high waves. Authorities have stressed that the ship was properly maintained and authorized to sail under the weather conditions that were prevalent at the time. The vessel was operated by a company called Pura Vida Princess Tours.

Ferry Safety and Technology Conference

Jan 7, 2015

New York City:  April 16-17, 2015

The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association is proud to present its first conference for the promotion of global ferry safety. The theme of the conference is Ferry Safety and Technology: Design and Operations. This unique international gathering will bring together ferry owners and operators; naval architects and marine engineers; and new technology developers and providers with the goal of improving efficiency and safety in the US and around the world.  The focus will be on practical innovations for vessel design, weather detection and communication, e-training for crew, and advanced at sea communications.  The event is co-sponsored by the Society of Naval Architects and Engineers, the Transportation Research Board and Interferry.
For further details go to: www.ferrysafetyconference.squarespace.com

Adriatic Ferry On Fire

Dec 28, 2014

Wikipedia (11 sources cited)

On December 28, Norman Atlantic caught fire on a ferry run from Patras to Ancona. A fire broke out on the car deck just before 6:00 am local time, half an hour after leaving port of Igoumenitsa, Greece, an intermediate stop, when it was 44 nautical miles (81 km) northwest of the island of Corfu. At the time it was carrying 222 vehicles, 411 passengers and 55 crew. The heat from the fire permeated the entire ship, even starting to melt people's shoes on the reception deck. The incident happened in Greek waters but with night closing in, the ship started drifting towards Albania. One person was killed and another was injured.

An international rescue effort, led and coordinated by the Italian Guardia Costiera, was started to evacuate the 466 passengers and crew aboard in heavy winds. The rescue operation was being coordinated from the Italian ship Cruise Europa.

Tender for Ferry Service to Danish Island of Bornholm

Dec 22, 2014

Danish Ministry of Transport

An agreement between the Danish Government and other political parties has been concluded setting out the requirements in the future contract on ferry services to/from the Island of Bornholm. The tender concerns ferry services (passengers and cargo) on the ferry routes Rønne-Ystad and Rønne-Køge. The contract will cover a ten-year period (2017-2027) and include a total government subsidy over the contract period of approx. DKR 2,8 bill. (approx. EUR 380 mill.).

It is currently expected that the tender will be made public in the first half of 2015. Tenderers are expected to be given 5-6 months to prepare and present their bids ultimo 2015. The Danish Ministry of Transport will announce when the tender is made public.

SNCM – FRENCH LEADING FERRY COMPANY IN RECEIVERSHIP PROCEEDING

Dec 19, 2014

 
SNCM is a Marseille based ferry operator with lines to Corsica and North Africa and holds a 7 vessel fleet and a Public service delegation for a coming 9 year period.

The company, which employs 1.600 people, generated a total amount of sales including public compensation of € 270m in 2013 and an Ebitda of € (19.5)m.

60.7% of this turnover is related to the Public service delegation (of which 46% result from public compensation), which concerns 5 connections between Marseille and Corsica: Ajaccio, Bastia, Balagne, Porto-Vecchio and Propriano.
 
The Administrative receivers, Maître Abitbol and Maître Douhaire, have initiated a process to identify potential acquirers of the different parts of SNCM’s various activities and/or assets (including fully owned subsidiaries), through an asset deal.
 
The candidates will have full ability to present one or several offers on perimeters of activities and/or assets for which they are interested. Regarding the Public service delegation, the tenders can be on one or several ferry connections, but have to be described separately ferry connection by ferry connection and should not be indivisible.