FleetMon – Cruise Ships/Ferry News 9 March 2015
SEAJET FERRIES: Greek fast ferry operator Seajet has taken delivery of the first of two former Condor Ferries owned 86m Incats after a refit at the UK repairer A&P Falmouth. Champion Jet 1 (ex Condor Vitesse) left Falmouth on 8 March for the Thames port of Tilbury before continuing her voyage to her new homeport of Piraeus, Greece. The second vessel, which will be named Champion Jet 2, is still Condor Express and continues to remain in the Condor Ferries fleet until the British ferry operator’s new 102m trimaran Condor Liberation enters service on its Poole-Channel Islands services on 27 March. The two former Condor high speed ferries will join Seajets existing six vessel fast ferry fleet. The Greek operator runs high speed services from the Greek mainland ports of Piraeus and Rafina to the Cyclades Islands and Santorini as well as services from Crete (Heraklion and Reythmon) to the Cyclades.
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE: The first of Holland America Line’s new 99,500grt Pinnacle-class of cruise ships, Koningsdam, was floated out of her building dock at Fincantieri’s Marghera Shipyard in Italy last week.The vessel is now at the yard’s outfitting dock for final completion work. Delivery of the 2,650 passenger capacity vessel is just over a year away, r 31 March 2016 with her maiden voyage taking place on 8 April 2016.The maiden voyage is a seven night round-trip cruise from the Italian port of Civitavecchia to Dubrovnik, Croatia, Corfu, Katakolon (for Olympia), Greece; and Naples, Italy.
ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL: Royal Caribbean International’s 168,000grt Anthem of the Seas is scheduled to be towed from Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard at Papenburg down the River Ems on 11 March to Eemshaven for final outfitting work prior to delivery in April this year. Meanwhile 5 March saw the keel laying ceremony at Meyer Werft of sistership Ovation of the Seas.
AS TALLINK GRUPP: Estonian ferry operator AS Tallin Grupp has confirmed its order for a 49,000grt 2,800 passenger capacity ferry at Finland’s Meyer Turku Shipyard.When delivered in 2017 the 212m vessel, costing €230m, will operate between Tallin, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland.
SOCIETE DES TRAVERSIERS DU QUEBEC: Canadian shipbuilder Davie has laid the keel of the first of two new ferries building for domestic operator Societe des Traversiers du Quebec – the first LNG-fuelled ferries to be built in North America. The 92m Armand-Imbeau II, with a capacity for 110 vehicles, is due for delivery in the autumn of this year and will be followed four months later by sistership Jos-Deschenes.Both ferries, which are being built to a high ice-class and will use electric thrusters for propulsion, will operate on the Tadoussac-Beine-Sainte Catherine route.
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE: Norwegian Cruise Line’s 91,740grt Norwegian Star has become the first cruise ship to drydock in Portland, Oregon, USA when she entered Vigor Industrial’s new floating dock Vigorous on 3 March for repair work which will continue until 15 March. Prior to drydocking in Portland, Norwegian Star had completed a 13-day Panama Canal cruise from Miami to Los Angeles. After leaving Portland, she will return to Los Angeles to start a Mexican Riviera cruise on 22 March. Portland last drydocked a cruise ship in 2003.