On 6 February, Moby Line’s GIRAGLIA hit a rock. She had to be repaired and left the route between Sardinia and Corsica without a ship for 10 days.
It is a vital logistic link between the two islands. The other ship, BASTIA, was not available due to winter maintenance. She is expected back soon.
The incident raised concerns:
- How long can this old tonnage remain in service? GIRAGLIA is from 1981, BASTIA from 1974.
- Since 2016 talks have been going on about the creation of an inter-island, inter-European public service contract (GECT – groupement européen de coopération territoriale), so far without anything concrete.