F/B Bari at sea. Ventouris Lines

EXPRESS seeks new operator

Viking FSTR Suomenlinna Kustaanmiekka
EXPRESS. By Paasikivi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The former P&O catamaran is being offered for charter for the third time in as many years by fast ferry brokers Maatsuyker, following this years charter to Viking Line.  Her season this year was cut a few days short on 17 October, instead of 22 October, due to "technical problems" understood to have been be an engine related.  While it is believed that EXPRESS (which sailed under the marketing name Viking FSTR) carried some good loads, it appears that she didn't generate enough revenue in service.  This is possibly due to the much smaller shopping facilities she has in comparison to the other vessels on the Helsinki to Tallinn route on which she operated.

LE RIF return to service delayed

The former STENA GALLOWAY/GALLOWAY PRINCESS now looks unlikely to be in service before December.  Her owner/operator DWLM had originally expected to have her in service during September.

LE RIF pictured at Naples during her 70 million Morrocan Dirhams refurbishment. © DWLM
LE RIF pictured at Naples during her 70 million Morrocan Dirhams refurbishment. © DWLM

 

As recently as July 2017, LE RIF looked like this. Copyright © Irene L. COP. From marinetraffic.com
As recently as July 2017, LE RIF looked like this. Copyright © Irene L. COP. From marinetraffic.com

POETA LOPEZ ANGLADA

The former STENA NAVIGATOR/SEAFRANCE MANET/STENA PARISIEN/CHAMPS ELLYSEES remains in service for Balearia.

Poeta Lopez Anglada. Copyright © Daniel Ferro.

VIA MARE

The former EUROPEAN PATHFINDER / JAGUAR of P&O remains in service for Akgünler Denizcilik between Taşucu (Turkey) and Girne (also known as Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus), as well as Taşucu and Tripoli (Lebanon).]

A picture of VIA MARE taken at Kyrenia Harbor, Northern Cyprus. Copyright © Peter Schallschmidt
A picture of VIA MARE taken at Kyrenia Harbor, Northern Cyprus, during September 2013. From marinetraffic.com. Copyright © Peter Schallschmidt

 

IBN BATOUTA

Theres still no further information on the former STENA ANTRIM/ST CHRISTOPHER.  It appears she is still laid-up in Durres (Albania) with no visible work having occurred on her in the 2 years she has been there.

IBN BATOUTA at Durres, Albania during May 2017. From marinetraffic.com.  Copyright © Irene L. COP.

PORT LINK

Better known as STENA CALEDONIA/ST DAVID in these parts, ASDP's ( PT Angkutan Sungai dan Penyeberangan) PORT LINK continues to operate across the Sunda Strait in Indonesia on the busy Merak to Bakauheni service.

Port Link during April 2017. From marinetraffic.com. Copyright © husni.
PORT LINK during April 2017. From marinetraffic.com. Copyright © husni.

BARI

The Belfast built vessel, previously known as STENA CAMBRIA/ST ANSELM continues to operate from Bari (Italy) to Durres (Albania) where she berths close to her laid-up sister IBN BATOUTA (see above).

Bari during July 2017. From marinetraffic.com. Copyright ©
BARI during July 2017. From marinetraffic.com. Copyright © Vallatos Marios.

ARROW

The Seatruck freighter, which is on charter to the Isle of Man Steam Packet as a backup freight vessel, recently returned from a sub-charter with Channel Islands operator Condor Ferries to provide refit relief for Northlink.  However, she returned to Condor on the morning of 30th November following technical difficulties with COMMODORE GOODWILL.

Seatruck's Arrow arrives at Larne whilst on charter to the Isle of Man steam packet on 23/11/16. IOMPSPCo use the vessel to provide additional freight capacity on their Isle of Man services, with Larne used as her layover port when she is not required. Copyright © Gary Andrews.
Seatruck's Arrow arrives at Larne whilst on charter to the Isle of Man steam packet on 23/11/16. IOMPSPCo use the vessel to provide additional freight capacity on their Isle of Man services, with Larne used as her layover port when she is not required. Copyright © Gary Andrews.

JETLINER

The former P&O fast-craft collided with the shore at Kendari (Indonesia) on the evening of 23rd November, badly damaging the port office in the process.  Passenger statements indicate that the vessel suddenly veered off course while at speed.  No injuries or fatalities were reported, and NIFS understand that JETLINER has already returned to service following inspection by the relevant authorities.

(original source http://maritimebulletin.net/2017/11/23/ferry-ran-onto-shore-destroyed-port-office/ via the NI Ferry (and shipping) Enthusiasts Facebook group.


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