Grimaldi Group of Italy should be the buyer of the ropax Ciudad de Cadiz, just sold by Trasmediterranea, part of Naviera Armas group, according to some brokers sources.
The price for this 2004 Visentini-built vessel is EUR 39-40 million according to the same sources.
The reason why Grimaldi decided to buy this ropax ship may be linked to the public subsidies for maritime connections between Italy mainland and Sicily and Sardinia islands, set to be launched next summer.
As for the imminent Finnlines order for the Super Star class ferries, Ferry Shipping News understood that Grimaldi is now in advanced negotiation with Avic Weihai Shipyard. Other shortlisted yards were GSI, Jinling, and Hyundai Mipo.