Shippax Weekly News Bulletin – 23
Headlines of news added to Shippax news site during week 23. For full text, visit www.shippax.com.
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Ten LNG-fuelled ferries on the cards for Caronte & Tourist
Italian ferry operator Caronte & Tourist S.p.A. has recently announced that it aims to embark on an EUR 200m ordering spree for ten LNG-powered ferries to be built in the next ten years.
Scandlines operations halted after a bomb hoax
During the afternoon of 7 June, all Scandlines ferries serving the Puttgarden-Rødby and Rostock-Gedser routes were promptly sidelined after a bomb alert via an anonymous phone call had been received.
Baleària ready to start Almeria-Nador service
After a long period of uncertainty, the news has come through that Baleària has finally received authority to operate between Almeria and Nador this summer.
Japanese cruise business on a roll
Statistics that have just been published by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, reveal that the number of foreign cruise ship passengers visiting Japan (on board both Japanese and non-Japanese ships) reached 1,992,000 in 2016, a year-on-year increase of 78.5%.
Damen to build two Minor-Class vessels for BC Ferries
As part of the company’s rejuvenation programme and standardization strategy to achieve operating cost savings and efficiencies, BC Ferries has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Group to build two new Minor-Class vessels that are scheduled to go into service in 2020.
New-look rendering for Polferries’ next ro-pax generation
Polferries has just published a new rendering of its ro-pax ferry of which the first design stage is nearing completion.
SAGA PEARL II to be retired in 2019
Saga Cruises has confirmed that SAGA PEARL II will make a final voyage in 2019 before the company’s first newbuilding, the SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY, is delivered from Meyer Werft at Papenburg to sail alongside the 1981-built SAGA SAPPHIRE which joined the fleet in 2012.
Taiheiyo Ferry ordered new ro-pax
Nagoya-based Taiheiyo Ferry has signed a contract for a new 14,000 gt (Japanese measurement system) ro-pax ferry with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works.