Photo: Nigel Lawrence

Africa Morocco Link (AML) ferries, and also Intershipping, appeared to be on the brink of insolvency at the time of writing in early January. The company operates the 16,071gt/1980 built former Scandline ferry Morocco Star (above) on the Tanger Med-Algeciras service.


ANEK Lines has, according to the Russian and Greek media, reached an agreement with Russian cruise company Smolny (Petroupoli) to form a large passenger transport company, which initially will operate in the Baltic Sea. Two more companies are expected to participate, namely the Litinus Group and Prime. The Russian company will hold a 51% share and ANEK lines will most likely contribute their 38,261gt/1992 built cruise ferry El. Venizelos (above) with a start date as early as April 2019 if the plans comes to fruition.

Photo: Nigel Lawrence

CalMac’s 3,040gt/1985 built Hebridean Isles (above) departed the Garvel Dry Dock on 9th December following a prolonged refit and headed back to Port Ellen following trials the next day. The Scottish Government has dropped the tender process for the Gourock-Dunoon service and awarded it to CalMac.


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