Seafarers shortage alarm on the Italian ferry market

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Shipowners associations Confitarma and Assarmatori, together with unions Filt Cgil, Fit Cisl and Uiltrasporti, launched a shortage alarm regarding EU or Italian seafarers to embark on the ferries deployed on the local cabotage routes.

In a letter sent to the Director of the Transport ministry in charge for the maritime transport it is written that as of today some 1,100 workers would be needed but that the ferry companies cannot find them due to many factors. One of them is the Covid emergency.

The request is to obtain a temporary permission for embarking extra-EU seafarers (which is not possible for the local laws) or the possibility to move some workers from one ship to another inside the same fleet.

A dedicated law would be needed to change the rules therefore a real risk for some vessels to remain berthed is emerging for the summer peak season.

Confitarma Proposes A New Model Of Public Subsidies For Ferry Services Between Italy And Sardinia

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Italy’s transport minister Danilo Toninelli said in Cagliari that the public subsidies (€72million) paid every year to Tirrenia CIN in exchange for the maritime links offered during the winter season between Sardinia and mainland Italy will be not renewed at the expiration date in July 2020.

“My staff is already working in order to prepare a new tender due to be launched in the near future” Toninelli said.

As of today, there are four active ferry companies on Italy – Sardinia: Moby & Tirrenia, Grandi Navi Veloci, Corsica Ferries and Grendi Trasporti Marittimi.

Italian shipowners association Confitarma (supported by Grimaldi Group), asked the Italian Transport Minister to adopt a new scheme of subsidies based on the Spanish model where public money goes directly to the final user (either passenger or road haulier), who is free to choose a company for the maritime transport. Then the ticket will be entirely or partially reimbursed by the State.