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Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Condor Express News

Condor Catamaran to Drydock at UK's A&P Shipyard

Condor Express: Photo courtesy of A&P Shipyard

A&P Falmouth is soon to drydock the 'Condor Express', one of the aluminium fast cats operated by Condor Ferries. Falmouth regularly drydocks the conventional Condor ferries, Condor Clipper and Condor Goodwill, but will now also see the aluminium catamaran Condor Express arrive for drydocking during November. Work will include hull painting, exhaust repairs, stern door repairs, aluminium hull repairs, removal of main engine crankshaft and the overhaul of T Foil flaps, trim tab flaps and separator buckets.  This is one of three aluminium high-speed catamaran ferries owned by Condor Ferries.

Quad-jet Powered Cat Launched

All American Marine, Inc., announced the launch of the Condor Express, Southern California's first quad-jet powered catamaran charter boat. The catamaran's new owner, Capt. Fred Benko, set out recently from Bellingham's Cruise Terminal for Santa Barbara, where the boat will be used for whale watching tours and other functions between Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands. The Condor Express is All American Marine's 10th Teknicraft high-speed aluminum power catamaran. In addition to serving both tourists and scientists interested in whale watching, the boat will also be used for dinner cruises, weddings and other celebrations, as well as marine education for children.

Condor Ferries Sells 2 Vessels to Greek Firm

 Condor Express (Image courtesy: Condor Ferries)

Condor Ferries has confirmed it is selling two ferries - Condor Vitesse and Condor Express - to make way for the new super ferry. The vessels, built in Tasmania in 1997 and 1998, have been sold to Greek firm Seajets for an undisclosed sum. The two ferries currently operate between Guernsey, Jersey and the U.K. They will be replaced on the service by a GBP50mln Austal-class vessel, which was bought earlier this year, and has yet to be given a name. Due to the size of the vessel, known as Condor 102, the company will no longer sail to Weymouth and will only go to Poole.

Condor Ferries, Active Hotels Sign Deal

Condor Ferries has signed a partnership deal with Active Hotels as part of its new Condor Xtras service. Its Stopover Hotels booking service is now powered by Active Hotels, a Priceline Europe company. Condor Ferries selective Active Hotels for its hotel coverage in the company’s key destinations, namely Dorset, Hampshire, Brittany, Vendee and the West of France, Europe Travel News reported. The partnership will enable customers to book a stopover hotel at the same time as their ferry ticket. (Source: Europe Travel News)

Condor Sets Sail from Weymouth for the Last Time

Condor Liberation by Condor Ferries

Condor Ferries have made their final sailing from Weymouth. Cross-channel ferry services from Weymouth have come to an end with the final sailing to Guernsey. Condor is to operate a new and larger ferry on a single service from Poole instead as Weymouth's port is deemed too small. Poole's bigger facilities can accommodate their new vessel - the Condor Liberation. Condor Liberation marks a £50 million investment and, according to the ferry company, a 'new era in sea travel'. She'll make her maiden voyage this Friday.

OOCL Introduces China Pakistan Express 3

Map: Orient Overseas Container Line Limited

Following its announcement of the China Pakistan Express 2 (CPX2) last week, Orient Overseas Container Line Limited (OOCL) is all set to introduce the China Pakistan Express 3 (CPX3), another new Intra-Asia service to expand  its product portfolio by providing a more comprehensive service network connecting the markets of India and Pakistan. The CPX3 provides additional sailing frequency from Central China to Mundra and strategically expands its service coverage in Pakistan. "Together with the CPX2…

Burgess Marine: 3 Refits Complete in 3 Months

Condor Rapide undergoes refit at Cherbourg (Photo: Burgess Marine)

Britain’s largest independent ship repairer and marine engineering services provider Burgess Marine said it has recently completed its winter refit season in Cherbourg, completing three ferry refit projects over the three-month time span. Despite Brexit, Burgess Marine said business has boomed as the company has completed two refits for Wightlink and one for Condor Ferries at its 5,000T syncrolift facility in the French port. He added, “We have the technical management, knowledge…

Condor Ferries Orders Open Loop SOx Scrubbers

Commodore Goodwill (Photo: Condor Ferries)

DuPont Sustainable Solutions, through its subsidiary BELCO, has been awarded a contract to supply DuPont Marine Scrubber systems to two vessels owned by Condor Ferries, a Guernsey-based company that operates year-round freight, car and passenger ferries between the Channel Islands, United Kingdom and France. DuPont will provide four, single-stream, open-loop, gas-cleaning units for Commodore Clipper and Commodore Goodwill. Exhaust gas-cleaning systems will allow the ferries to meet all IMO Annex VI sulphur requirements while continuing to operate on heavy fuel oil, DuPont said.

UK's Condor Buys Austal 102 Fast Ferry

Austal 102: Photo courtesy of Austal

Condor Ferries says it has completed purchase of the Austal 102, a state-of -the-art high speed ferry which will operate between the Channel Islands and the UK. The latest addition to the Condor fleet will come into service in spring 2015 and will secure the future of high speed ferry services for the Islands. CEO James Fulford commented “I am delighted to announce that we are now proud owners of the Austal 102. This represents £50m of investment in our Islands and it will enable us to improve reliability, increase capacity, and give our guests a much greater level of comfort.

Odfjell Announces Ship Sale and Delivery

As part of Odfjell's continued fleet renewal process, two older ships have been sold. The company also took delivery of the 33,707 fully stainless steel newbuilding M/T Bow Heron on long term time-charter. The parcel tanker M/T Bow Condor (27,950 dwt/built 1978) has been sold for demolition. The Bow Condor was built in and was the last vessel of the 13 ships in the B76 series to operate in our service.

Fast Cat Visits A&P Southampton

Condor Ferries aluminium fast catamaran Condor Vitesse has just departed A&P Southampton's drydock following the completion of the vessels annual refit. The 350 dwt ferry arrived at the drydock during early November for various drydocking operation works which included cleaning and blasting of the vessels hulls and the application of a new Intersleek paint system, suitable for aluminium hulls. Other work included the removal and replacement of the generators for overhaul, aluminium repairs to the vessel's hull and superstructure, completed in association with the Group's Aluminium Welding division located at A&P Shipcare - Dover. Following a period of 14 days in dock, the vessel sailed for Weymouth on scedule where it resumed normal service.

MSC Terminates Condor Service

Courtesy MSC

MSC announces plans to further optimise part of its Asia-Europe network. Effective 14th September, MSC’s ‘Condor’ service, which is jointly operated with Maersk Line between Asia and Europe will cease operation. The Condor service which has a nominal weekly capacity of 9,500 TEU, will be deployed as a seasonal service if there is sufficient demand. Since the new Asia – Europe network was launched in January 2015, continual performance analysis has allowed us to optimise the allocation of capacity among our services to meet customer demand.

Wärtsilä to Retrofit Two Ferries with New Ballast Water Solution

Wärtsilä AQUARIUS READY ballast water management system

Two Ro-Ro ferries owned by U.K.-based Condor Ferries are to be retrofitted with Wärtsilä's new AQUARIUS READY ballast water management system (BWMS) solution. The AQUARIUS READY concept has been developed by Wärtsilä to prepare vessels for the fitting of BWMS, while minimizing vessel downtime, thereby enabling more efficient operations. The contract was signed in February 2014 and the final equipment delivery will take place within 12 months from the ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Convention. Preparation work has already been undertaken onboard the ferries.

Fairmount Sherpa Tows Rig Atwood Condor

Fairmount Marine’s tug Fairmount Sherpa has delivered rig Atwood Condor fast and safely in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The semi submersible rig was towed from Port Louis, Mauritius, over a distance of 8,100 nautical miles with an average speed of 8.5 knots. The Atwood Condor is a 2012 Singapore build dynamically positioned semi submersible drilling unit capable of operating in 3,050 meters of water and drilling depths up to 12,200 meters. The 118 meter long state-of-theart rig has a accommodation capacity for up to 200 persons. The rig is owned by Atwood Oceanics, headquartered in Houston, US.

Ferry Service Canceled

New Zealand rail and ferry operator Tranz Rail is canceling the winter schedule of its Cook Strait fast ferry service, the Lynx, from mid July. The service, using the leased catamaran the Condor 10, usually runs only in summer but was retained for weekend services over the winter in the absence of alternative work. The owners reportedly found a lease for the vessel on the U.S. East coast.

Freighter to Replace Damaged Ship

Commodore Goodwill sustained damage to its hull during high winds on December 10 and it is not known when it will be back in service. The ship usually delivers some food and goods to Guernsey. Condor Ferries has chartered the Triumph. The replacement ship will begin daily sailings to Guernsey from 1 February. Source: BBC

MOL Presents Long-Service Awards

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that its group seafarer manning company Magsaysay MOL Marine, Inc (MMM) held a long-service awards presentation ceremony for Filipino seafarers who work for MMM in Manila on November 3, and hosted a Family Day event the following day. MOL President & CEO Junichiro Ikeda, MOL Managing Executive Officer Masanori Kato, and executives of MOL group's ship management companies attended both events. Awards and recognition went to seafarers with 15 years of service aboard MOL-operated vessels, and a total of about 60 award recipients and their families attended.

DHT Acquires 2004-built VLCC

DHT Holdings, Inc. announced that it has acquired a VLCC built in 2004 at Daewoo for $49 million (USD). The vessel will be delivered during the second quarter of 2014 and will be named DHT Condor.   The company said it will finance the acquisition with cash at hand. DHT considers this an attractive addition to its fleet and will continue to pursue investment opportunities and grow the company.

Buss Shipping Equips Two Container Vessels

Photo: Alfa Laval

Buss Shipping, the shipping arm of the worldwide maritime logistics service provider Buss Group, will install Alfa Laval PureSOx exhaust gas cleaning systems on two of its container vessels at the beginning of next year. As a key step in this process, hybrid Alfa Laval PureSOx systems will be retrofitted on board the vessels Condor and Corsar. Both are container feeders of 1025 TEU that operate exclusively in Emission Control Areas (ECAs). Since they frequent the low-alkalinity waters between Rotterdam and St.

Maiden Call of "Glovis Condor" at the Haropa Ro-Ro Terminal

GLOVIS, a Korean company and a newcomer as a shipping line, was at first expert in global automotive logistics. As a result of a tonnage agreement with Hoegh Autoliners, the latter market this shipping service on the Middle East trade with one vessel per month and GLOVIS manages the operations, with Marmedsa as Agents. The Glovis Condor calls for the first time at Le Havre as part of the service. “Glovis Condor, built in 2011, arrived early this morning to be handled at the Le Havre ro-ro terminal.

UK Ferries Carried a Million More Last Year

UK ferry routes: Map courtesy of Discover Ferries

Annual 2013 figures show more passengers, cars and coaches carried by the UK ferry industry, compared with 2012, according to figures released by industry body, ‘Discover Ferries’. Britain’s ferry industry showed growth across all its travel sectors last year, with passenger numbers up 2.6% overall to 38 million, all cars carried up 1.1% to 8.37million, and coaches up overall  4.1% to 158,470 -  according to 2013 “Ferrystat” figures, quoted by industry body, ‘Discover Ferries’.

MSC to Optimise Capacity on Asia-Europe Network

MSC offers Efficient, reliable, sustainable Photo MSC

MSC  has announced plans to optimise all of its Asia-Europe services. The changes, which will be implemented progressively over the coming months will include: port combinations, vessel rotations and capacity deployment. Since the launch of the new Asia – Europe network in January 2015, MSC has continually analysed its performance. As of May 2015, the Asia – North Europe trade was reported to be performing at 92.1% reliability*. The optimisation is expected to sustain and improve…

MES Delivers Pair of Bulk Carriers

M.V. CAPE CELTIC, 177,000 DWT Dunkerque-max Type Bulk Carrier Delivered. (Photo: MES)

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) completed and delivered a 56,000 dwt type bulk carrier M.V. “DESERT CONDOR” (MES Hull No. 1776) at its Tamano Works on September 29, 2011 to New Borough Corp., Marshall Islands. This vessel is a handy-max type bulk carrier of 56,000 dwt with a huge cargo hold capacity over 70,000 m3 and marks the 133rd ship of its series. This 56,000 dwt type bulk carrier series of MES is widely called “Mitsui’s 56” and is highly appreciated in the market. About 170 units of this series have been ordered from MES.

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