Wartsila to supply propulsion solutions for high-speed ferry

Marine technology company Wartsila has received an order to provide propulsion solutions for a new 115m-long high-speed ferry.

The ferry is being built for Danish operator Molslinjen by Austal at its shipyard in the Philippines.

The vessel will be equipped with four Wartsila 31 engines and four WXJ1500SRI waterjets. The company will also provide its ProTouch bridge controls system.

Wartsila Marine Power Solutions vice-president Stefan Nysjö said: “This combination of the Wartsila 31 engine and WXJ...


Four Fred Olsen Cruise Lines ships start sailing to Rosyth

Four ocean ships of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines have started their journey to Babcock’s Rosyth, Scotland, facilities.

It is expected to help improve the running of the vessels.

Since the shipping company suspended its operations on 13 March, four ships, Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch, left for Firth of Forth, Scotland.

Black Watch will relocate to Babcock’s facilities in Rosyth first, while Boudicca will reach the facility on 29 May.

Balmoral and Braemar are expected to arrive next week.



Konecranes to deliver Mobile Harbor Crane to Flinders Logistics

Konecranes will deliver an eco-efficient Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 Mobile Harbor Crane to Flinders Logistics at Port Adelaide, Australia.

In March, Flinders Port Holdings placed an order for the crane, which is expected to be delivered by August.

The new crane will boost the capacity of bulk materials and cargo handling services.

Flinders Logistics is based in Adelaide, which is the main maritime gateway and capital of South Australia.

Flinders Logistics has been using the 100t Konecranes...


Stockholm Norvik Port begins operations in Sweden

Sweden’s new freight port Stockholm Norvik Port has opened and welcomed its first container ship on 27 May.

The Unifeeder vessel SCA Tunadal was the maiden container ship call of the port. It has marked the completion of the construction project for the port.

The region of Stockholm contributed to approximately half of the consumption of cargo in the country and the new freight port will increase the opportunities to transport the cargo via sea to as close to their destination as possible.



New Zealand’s KiwiRail launches RFP for shipyard for two ferries

New Zealand state-owned enterprise KiwiRail has launched a Request for Proposal (RFP) to find a shipyard for the construction of two ships for Interislander.

Interislander is operated by KiwiRail and is a road and rail ferry service that operates between Wellington and Picton across the Cook Strait.

The two new ferries will boost the capacity and resilience of the transport link. The search for the shipyard marks the next phase of the procurement process.

KiwiRail Group CEO Greg Miller said: “The...


AIDA Cruises extends suspension of cruise operations

AIDA Cruises has announced that it has extended the suspension on cruise operations until 31 July due to the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic.

The cruise operator is currently working with different national and international authorities and health organisations regarding the resumption of cruising for the European tourist traffic.

However, international tourism regulations are under adjustment and the conditions for the resuming operations are not yet specified.

All cruises scheduled until 31...


Konecranes to supply two BOXHUNTER RT cranes to Vietnam port

Crane and lifting equipment manufacturer Konecranes has received an order to deliver two BOXHUNTER RTG cranes to Ben Nghe Port in Vietnam.

Konecranes will deliver the cranes in cooperation with Telin Group in April 2021.

Since 2017, Ben Nghe Port has been using two Konecranes BOXHUNTER RTGs and they have contributed to the port growth.

The port is located on the Saigon River in the country’s capital Ho Chi Minh City and serves international and domestic container traffic.

Ben Nghe Port Board...


EPS and Equinor sign time charter agreement for three LPG vessels

Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) has signed a time charter agreement with Equinor for three newbuild liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) dual-fuel propulsion mid-sized gas carriers (MGCs).

The vessels will be delivered by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea in 2022.

The deal is in accordance with the Environmental, Social and Governance Policy of EPS. The policy calls for use of alternative marine fuels to reduce the carbon footprint of the industry.

The vessels will help in decarbonisation by emitting...


Gasum partners with Samskip for LNG bunkering

Finland’s Gasum has partnered with Rotterdam-based shipping company Samskip that will allow the latter to bunker liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Risavika, Norway.

Samskip is the owner of two single-fuel vessels, Samskip Kvitbjorn and Samskip Kvitnos, which are LNG-powered.

Gasum’s LNG plant is located approximately 200m from the quayside, which allows fresh and cold LNG to be bunkered in a fast and safe manner from the plant.

Additionally, Gasum will support Samskip’s door-to-door-logistics at sea...


Europa is plain sailing with LeoSea IT investment

Europa Air & Sea has successfully launched the first part of its innovative, bespoke IT solution LeoSea.
Europa Worldwide Group is an ambitious independent logistics operator with six divisions – Europa Road, Europa Air & Sea, Europa Showfreight, Europa Warehouse, Europa Contact Centre and Continental Cargo Carriers. Despite the pandemic all divisions are still open for business and operating as normal, at all locations across the country.
LeoSea has been created to improve efficiencies,...