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Grimaldi Doubled Ro-Ro Capacity With A Second Ship On The Livorno – Cagliari Service

On June 15, Grimaldi Group doubled the cargo capacity of its Livorno – Cagliari maritime link.

In a statement to its freight customers Grimaldi made public that a second vessel (EUROCARGO VALENCIA – 170 trailers) will be active on the route together with the EUROCARGO ISTANBUL already deployed on the same route.

Frequency of the regular services thus became daily and competition with Grendi Trasporti Marittimi operating the similar Marina di Carrara – Cagliari route is expected to increase.

After a temporary stop due to Covid-19, Grendi also recently announced to have restored the new line started last February and linking Porto Torres (in north of Sardinia) with Italy mainland (Marina di Carrara).

Public Consultation Launched In Italy Over Territorial Sea-Land Continuity Towards Main Islands

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Italy’s transport ministry announced to have launched a public consultation on passenger and freight transport services to and from the main islands (Sardinia, Sicily and Tremiti) for the definition of public service requirements. The notice is addressed to consumer, cargo user, business associations and stakeholders in general.

“This Ministry is in the process of investigating the conditions necessary to ensure the territorial continuity service relating to the service of transport of passengers and goods with the major and minor islands and to define any measures to be taken” is written in statement from the ministry.

“It’s necessary to proceed to consult the main associations and representative bodies of companies operating in the logistics and freight transport sectors, in order to directly acquire indications, observations and proposals in the context of the investigation aimed at ensuring the best possible organization of the services in question, taking into account all the interests involved” it’s also reported. The deadline for submitting comments is June 25.

Public subsidies granted to Tirrenia – Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione (Onorato Armatori group) should expire on next July 18, but the Italian government recently decided to extend them for a maximum of 12 months.

Viking Line To Launch Cruise Service From Helsinki To Mariehamn

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Viking Line will place GABRIELLA in service for cruises from Helsinki to the Åland Islands three days a week beginning July 1.

Day trips to the popular summer town of Mariehamn will give passengers the chance to get to know Åland’s sights and attractions. Viking Line, which has its roots in the Åland archipelago, has daily service to Åland with six vessels. The range of routes available is now being expanded by offering Finnish residents an attractive and safe travel option to become familiar with the beautiful archipelago and this summer paradise in the middle of the Baltic Sea.

A-Ships Management’s GOLDEN BRIDGE On The Igoumenitsa-Corfu-Brindisi Line

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A-Ships Management decided to introduce its GOLDEN BRIDGE on the Igoumenitsa-Corfu-Brindisi line from July 3, 2020.

Having no other charter proposal for her due to Covid-19, A-Ship Management made this smart move. Last summer, the impressive ship was chartered to FRS Iberia and served the Motril-Melilla line.

The launch of the former Japanese ferry seems to be the Greek response to the Grimaldi Lines ferries CORFU and FLORENCIA.

At the same time, A-Ship Management‘s move seems to be a new attempt from the Greek side to return on the route, even seasonally, after the exit of Agoudimos Lines and Endeavor Lines.

BLUE STAR PATMOS Returns After A 4-Month Stay At Palumbo Yards

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On June 15, 2020 BLUE STAR PATMOS left Valletta for Greece.
After a 4-month stay at Palumbo Shipyards, the “blue” ship came back fully repaired and with scrubbers installed.
She arrived there in early March. However, Covid-19 had significantly extended her stay at the Maltese shipyard.

BLUE STAR PATMOS is expected to be introduced on the afternoon Paronaxia route (Piraeus-Paros-Naxos-Santorini) from 2/7 to 7/9, with an extension to Evdilos (Ikaria) and Karlovasi (Samos), 3 times a week.

Coastal Shipping Financial Support And Port Investments Are The Hellenic Ministry Of Shipping’s Main Priorities

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On June 10, 2020 the Minister of Shipping and Island Policy Mr Giannis Plakiotakis stated during a press conference that the Ministry’s main priorities remain the financial support of Coastal Shipping as well as the utilization of Greece’s ten major ports.

As far as the financial support to the country’s ferry operators is concerned, he noted that the Ministry of Shipping is in consultation with the Ministry of Finance and they are preparing a joint proposal to the European Commission, in order to compensate the ferry operators that were financially affected by the pandemic, with community funds.

At the same time, he added that the development of ferry connections is a strategic choice for the government, which is also considering further support for coastal shipping.

Referring to the ports, he stressed that the plans for their development are proceeding normally, as the interest of the investors remains strong. It is noted that the American interest in the port of Alexandroupolis is intense and the procedures will begin immediately, while the Grimaldi Group has expressed interest for the port of Igoumenitsa.

Stena Line Announces New Measures To Ensure Safe Ferry Travel This Summer

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With the potential easing of lockdown restrictions and the re-emergence of non-essential travel, the Swedish ferry company Stena Line has announced a set of safety measures aimed at ensuring ferry travel is the safest form of public transport. Social distancing, fog machines, fresh sea air inside the ships and the recommended wearing of face coverings, are all seen as key to reassuring customers about the future of ferry travel as countries reopen their borders in the coming weeks.