Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2022

1 1 0 launched service on the Turku – Åland Islands – Stockholm route on 1 March. Spanish ferry operator, Baleària has ordered a zero-emission battery hybrid double-ended ferry for its IbizaFormentera route from Astilleros Armón. The new hybrid ferry will be able to carry 350 passengers and 14 trucks and will be a zero-emission vessel while entering and leaving port and manoeuvring. She will feature an onboard Test Lab for a pilot project to examine the use of green hydrogen propulsion on a ferry and will be equipped with a 100-kilowatt compressed hydrogen fuel cell, the largest currently in existence. Delivery of the 83-metre ferry is expected in time for the 2023 summer season. Norway’s Torghatten Nord has signed a contract with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration to operate hydrogen-powered ferries between Bodø and Lofoten from 2025. From October that year, two new yet-to-be-ordered, 120-metre-long hydrogen-fuelled ro-paxes will be deployed on the service between Bodø on the mainland and three islands in Lofoten involving an almost 100-kilometre open ocean crossing above the Arctic Circle on what is considered Norway’s most challenging ferry route. The two hydrogen-fuelled ferries will operate year-round and will daily require five to six tonnes of green hydrogen. As an additional operation safety requirement, they will also be able to use other fuels. There is a requirement stipulating that minimum 85 per cent of the two ferries’ energy consumption on an annual basis should be hydrogen, which should be produced with low greenhouse gas emissions. According to the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, the new ferries will reduce carbon dioxide emissions on the Vestfjord route by 26,500 tonnes annually compared to today’s LNG-powered ferries. Virtu Ferries has purchased a newbuild high-speed ferry for the route between Mgarr, Gozo and Valletta in Malta. The €7 million ($7.7 million) investment indicates Virtu’s commitment to the Gozo route. Built by PT Cahaya Samudra Shipyard in Batam, Indonesia, Gozo Express has an overall length of 42.2 metres and a carrying capacity of 322 passengers on two decks and outside seating for 40 passengers on the upper deck. The newbuild craft is powered by four MTU 12V2000 M72 engines and four Rolls-Royce water jets and is capable of a maximum speed of more than 38 knots, and a service speed of 35 knots. Gozo Express will replace SES San Pawl and will operate alongside the SES San Frangisk. CFR Operator Vessel Yard Pax Del. estimate Stena RoRo E-Flexer 7 CMI Jinling Weihai 1,200 2022 Stena RoRo E-Flexer 8 CMI Jinling Weihai 1,200 2022 Attica Group 3 pax. catamarans Brødrene Aa 150 Spring 2022 Seaworld Express Ferry 1 high-speed craft Incat Tasmania 700 April 2022 TT Line Nils Holgersson CMI Nanjing Jinling 800 March 2022 TT-Line Peter Pan CMI Nanjing Jinling 800 October 2022 Corsica Lines A Galeotta Visentini 650 July 2022 Tallink Grupp MyStar Rauma Marine Constructions 2,800 Spring 2022 Molslinjen Express 5 Austal 1,610 2022 Onorato Armatori Group Moby Fantasy Guangzhou Shipyard International 2,500 2023 Onorato Armatori Group Moby Legacy Guangzhou Shipyard International 2,500 2023 P&O 2 ro-pax Guangzhou Shipyard International - 2023 Baleària 1 ro-pax Astilleros Armón 350 May 2023 Finnlines Finncanopus CMI Jinling Weihai 1,100 2023 Finnlines Finnsirius CMI Jinling Weihai 1,100 2023 Brittany Ferries Santoña CMI Jinling Weihai 1,000 2023 Daezer 1 high-speed craft Incat Tasmania 970 April 2023 Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Manxman Hyundai Mipo Dockyard - Spring 2023 TT-Line Company 1 ro-pax Rauma Marine Constructions 1,200 2023 TT-Line Company 1 ro-pax Rauma Marine Constructions 1,200 2024 GNV 4 ro-pax Guangzhou Shipyard International 1,500 2024/2025/2026 Marine Atlantic E-Flexer 10 CMI Jinling Weihai 1,100 2024 Brittany Ferries E-Flexer 11 CMI Jinling Weihai 1,300 2024 Brittany Ferries E-Flexer 12 CMI Jinling Weihai 1,300 2025 Torghatten Nord 2 ro-pax TBC 599 2025 KiwiRail Train/Ro-pax Hyundai Mipo Dockyard 1,900 2025 KiwiRail Train/Ro-pax Hyundai Mipo Dockyard 1,900 2026 Notable ferries up to 2026