Africa Morocco Link announced that the charter of the 38,261gt/1992 built El Venizelos, from the Attica Group, concluded on 30th September with the ferry returning to Greece.

Bay Ferries, operator of the ferry service from Portland to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, concluded its first season with far fewer passengers than predecessor Nova Star Cruises. However, the company is in far better financial shape so is satisfied overall.

CalMac’s new £12.3m diesel-electric hybrid ferry was delivered on 20th September, six weeks early, for use on its Clyde and Hebridean routes. The 499gt and 150 passenger/ 23 car capacity Catriona was built at the Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow. She was launched last year and had been undergoing sea trials. The ferry uses a low-carbon hybrid system that combines traditional diesel power with electric battery power. Her sisterships are the Hallaig and Lochinvar.

Condor Ferries announced the appointment of Jason Clark as Chief Financial Officer in late September. With over 15 years’ experience in finance and risk management roles in the UK and Europe, including high profile capital investment projects, Jason brings with him a wealth of expertise and knowledge. Prior to joining Condor, Jason was Group Financial Controller and subsequently Director of Finance for bluechip energy company RWE Npower Plc, covering its Power Stations and Retail divisions, based in the UK. Most recently, he was Head of Programme Finance and Controlling for an international health development organisation, The Global Fund, based in Geneva, Switzerland. He was responsible for the control and governance of over £12 billion of funds being distributed to projects in Africa and Asia, helping to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Originally from South Yorkshire, Jason studied Industrial Economics at the University of Nottingham and trained as a Chartered Accountant in Sheffield, before beginning his energy career with Yorkshire Electricity.

Eimskip of Reykjavik, Iceland, submitted an offer of around $80m in September to build and operate the new Westman Islands vehicle and passenger ferry. According to the public state tender, the new ferry should be delivered in mid-2018 and the company would then operate it until 2030. The offer was submitted under Part B of the tender. The company said that it did not participate in Part A of the tender, which only covers building a new ferry to sell to the state.

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