This week, a brand-new Cyprus-based shipping company called Anarres Shipping is launching a regular ro-ro service between the port of Marina di Carrara, in Italy (between La Spezia and Livorno), and Sousse, in Tunisia.
The general manager of the company, Nikkos J Frangos, explains to Ferry Shipping News that the chartered VASALAND will be deployed. “Our project is to serve an expected increasing cargo volume. Many factories are relocating from Bangladesh and China to North Africa. That’s why we shall see in the near future many new plants to be built in Tunisia.”
The service will be regular, with a weekly frequency. The ship’s capacity exceeds 2,000 lane metres.
“Our target is to reach between 10,000 and 12,000 trailers per year,” says Frangos, adding that, “a second step will be to add a call in France. In this case a faster vessel will be necessary.”
The website specifies that, “Anarres Shipping is an initiative by Nicholas J Frangos & Partners. Nicholas has a long family history in shipping, since 1946 (Victoria Steamship – London), and is now establishing a new liner service with one goal: to securely transfer your goods between Italy, France and Tunisia with a timely, reliable and regular shipping service.”
General agent of the company in Italy is Bucchioni Shipping Agency.
From left to right: Harry Papadimitriou, Aris Vasilopoulos, Nikkos J Frangos, Sandro Bucchioni, Luca Sterpini