Brittany Ferries’ 29,468gt/2009 built Armorique transferred from her Plymouth- Roscoff sailings to Cherbourg-Poole for 8 days from 20th November covering for the Barfleur’s afloat refit in Cherbourg. The ship operated a repositioning voyage between Plymouth and Cherbourg overnight on 18th November with 26 passengers aboard. The ship encountered Storm Angus, making for a very lively trip! The 20,133gt/1992 built Barfleur resumed sailings from Poole on 29th November.

Caronte & Tourist has reportedly ordered an LNG fuelled double-ended ferry for the Messina-Villa San Giovanni route from the Sefine yard in Turkey for delivery in 2018. The ferry will be 132m long and carry 1500 passengers and 290 cars. The design is from the Toulouse office of the Norwegian naval architects LMG Marin. The LMG 290- DEG design, which is 133m long and 21.5m wide, will have two vehicle decks. The propulsion will be based on a gas-electric system using three dual-fuel engines. Thanks to the vessel’s EU Class B certificate, she will also be able to serve on more exposed routes such as to the Aeolian Islands.

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DFDS Seaways’ world’s largest Lego ship was unveiled in London’s Trafalgar Square on 17th November on its tour of prominent ports and cities. The ship’s visit to London coincided with Guinness World Record Day. Built from 1,015,000 Lego bricks and measuring 12 metres in length, the Jubilee Seaways was built to mark the company’s 150th anniversary and has been touring the UK and Europe. It took 900 hours to construct and has officially been awarded the Guinness World Record as the largest ever Lego ship. The ship’s full vital statistics are: Length: 12.035m, Width: 1.67m, Height: 2.72m, Weight: 2,860kg. The Jubilee Seaways was designed by Jesper Aagesen, head of new building at DFDS, and is based on a futuristic concept. Every DFDS staff member was given 20 Lego pieces to build a ‘block’ which Lego artist Warren Elsmore and his team then used to construct the design. The ship made her first appearance in the UK at the Blyth Tall Ships event, and also appeared in Dover on 18th/19th November. The final leg of the journey will see her return to Denmark to be part of an exhibition at Lego World in Copenhagen. The official 150th anniversary of DFDS was 11th December.

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