RORO

Largest vessel ever built in San Diego launched

The largest container vessel ever built in San Diego, Lurline, was christened and launched by General Dynamics Nassco, on Saturday, June 15. The vessel is a 870-foot-long, 3,500 TEU, 44,200 deadweight metric ton, combination container ship/roll-on, roll-off (ConRo) vessel built for Honolulu-based Matson, Inc. 

Finnlines suspends Germany-Russia service

Ro-Ro and passenger services operator Finnlines announced that it is suspending its service TransRussiaExpress, due to ‘a constant deterioration on the Russian market’ the company has been facing over the last few years. 

Stena Line voyages first next-gen ferry in China

Stena Line, a Swedish ferry company, launched its first next generation RoPax vessel at the Avic Weihai Shipyard in China. The first new vessel, to be named Stena Estrid, sailed for the first time on January 16. The vessel is to start service on the Dublin to Holyhead route in early 2020. 

Are modern ships getting uglier?

Nautilus International has made its list of the top ten most aesthetically challenged vessels of recent time, noting that modern ships, either having futuristic concept designs or designs to maximize cargo-carrying capacity,  tend to getting ‘uglier’ in general.

Finnlines lengthens two additional Ro-Ro vessels

Finnlines, in the context of its Energy Efficiency and Emission Reduction Investment Programme, decided to lengthen four vessels in 2017, with an option of additional two. Finnlines now decided to exercise the option to lengthen two more vessels.

MSC Group, Onorato order four mega cruise ferries from China

The MSC Group and Onorato Armatori inked a contract with Chinese shipyards Guangzhou Shipyard International and China Shipbuilding Trading, subsidiaries of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, to build four luxury RORO cruise ferries. The signing ceremony took place at CSSC headquarters in Beijing.

First pool for dock vessels to be created

Starting from April 1st 2018 the world’s first pool for dock vessels will be created. RollDock and SAL Heavy Lift will cooperate for Roll-On / Roll-Off and Float-In / Float-Out heavy lift cargoes. The pool will include six geared dock vessels, operated by RollDock. Five of the vessels comes from the existing RollDock fleet and one from SAL.

Georgia Ports to double its capacity by 2028

Talking at the Georgia Foreign Trade Conference Monday, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch presented a plan to double container handling capacity to 10 million TEUs at Garden City Terminal over the next 10 years. The new plan will enable the port to handle 10 million twenty-foot equivalent container units.

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