The Grandi Navi Veloci-controlled ferry SPLENDID will be ready to accommodate patients as from next Monday, according to what Giovanni Totti, head of the Liguria Region said.
The vessel is moored in the port of Genoa and some 25 cabins on Deck 7 have been already fitted with some specific equipment and services to accommodate affected people.
The ship capacity for hosting patients may be double soon and can reach 100 persons, following some refitting still ongoing onboard.
Following the idea launched by Grandi Navi Veloci, also some other companies in Italy (such as Moby, Grimaldi and Adria Ferries) said they would be pleased to offer their ferries for the same purpose. Charter fees and adaptation works would be paid by the Italian public body Protezione Civile, in charge for managing the coronavirus emergency.