Grimaldi Group’s ECO MALTA christened in Valletta

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On 30 May 2022, the port of Valletta hosted the christening ceremony of the ECO MALTA, the latest ro-ro vessel delivered to the Grimaldi Group in March. This is the sixth of 12 hybrid ships belonging to the innovative GG5G (Grimaldi Green 5th Generation) class.

ECO MALTA has joined her sister vessel ECO CATANIA on the connections between Ravenna, Brindisi, Catania and between Genoa and Malta.

“Being here in Malta today for this special occasion, or to christen the largest and most sustainable ship in the world, is a source of great pride for us” said Eugenio Grimaldi, executive director of the Grimaldi Group. “We have been present in Malta for more than sixty years and this event marks an important milestone for the maritime and transport industry locally, as well as throughout the Mediterranean”.

Baleària adds a fast ferry between Barcelona, Menorca and Mallorca during the summer

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Baleària will reinforce the route between Barcelona – Ciutadella – Alcúdia with a daily high-speed service that will be carried out by CECILIA PAYNE from June 3 to mid-October.

  • Barcelona – Menorca 3.5 hours
  • Barcelona – Mallorca 5.5 hours
  • 800 people – 200 vehicles – 38 knots.
  • The ship will depart daily from Barcelona at 4:30 p.m., arriving in Menorca and Mallorca at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., respectively.
  • These rotations are added to the daily ropax service carried out by HYPATIA DE ALEJANDRÍA.
  • In addition to the refurbishment of CECILIA PAYNE, Baleària has sensorized the ship in order to get real-time data on navigation, consumption and emission

Ropax EPSILON delivered to EuroAfrica by Caronte & Tourist

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Ropax EPSILON, owned by Caronte & Tourist, but operated since several years in a bareboat charter by Irish Ferries, has been handed over this week to the new owner.

The Messina-based company, with the support of Ferrando & Massone acting as broker, sold the vessel to EuroAfrica of Poland for a price exceeding EUR 50 million.

At least until the end of the current year the EPSILON will remain in bare boat charter to Irish Ferries serving the maritime link between Ireland and the UK.

This ropax unit was built by Cantieri Visentini shipyard in 2011, can transport roughly 2,900 lane metres of roro and accommodate some 500 passengers.

New ferry service from Lesvos Island to Izmir (Turkey) on June 17

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From June 17, 2022, the port of Mytilene (Lesvos Island) will be connected with Smyrna (Turkey) with a direct ferry service. The line will be served by the High-Speed Craft IHSAN ALYNAK of the Turkish IZDENIZ shipping company and is expected to make two sailings per week (every Friday and Sunday).

The duration of the voyage will be about two hours and 15 minutes.

IHSAN ALYNAK was built in Turkey (Yalova) in 2017, while her carrying capacity is for 400 passengers and her service speed 30 knots.

Horizon Sea Lines’ HSC SANTA IRINI set sail for Greece

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The former Acciona’s HSC ALMUDAINA DOS (1997) left Almeria on May 31 and set sail for the Port of Piraeus. The ship was purchased last April by the new established Horizon Sea Lines and renamed SANTA IRINI.

She is expected to arrive in Greece on June 3, where she will undergo a small refit. Then, she will be chartered to the Cretan Transportation Services (CTRS) for daily excursions on the Heraklion – Santorini line.