- Corsica Linea and La Méridionale, the two candidates for the DSP 2023-2029 (Delegation of Public Service) cannot open the bookings for 2023, because the DSP has not been finalized yet
- The Government said it did not want to increase the budget of EUR 187 million.
- A big issue is the fuel compensation, which was EUR 21 million in 2021, and EUR 56 million in 2022.
- Another issue is the complaint of local freight forwarders, saying that up to 400 trucks a month have to stay on the quay because a lack of capacity.
- Although it is about a public service, several people complain about the fact that the decision-making process is not transparent.
Zarząd Portu Morskiego Kołobrzeg Sp. z o.o. [The Management Board of the Kołobrzeg Seaport Ltd.] is looking for a Partner to create a terminal and launch a ferry connection.
The task will be performed by granting a concession to operate the terminal and operate the ferry connection.
Zarząd Portu Morskiego Kołobrzeg Sp. z o.o. [The Management Board of the Kołobrzeg Seaport Ltd.] has a Functional and Utility Program and Navigation Expertise for specific ferries, which are attached to the procedure.
The Corsican Chambre of Commerce [2a.cci.fr] publishes monthly the ferry statistics.
When looking at the 2021 results, two main trends are visible:
- Corsica Ferries (the yellow ships) has the biggest share of passenger traffic, with Toulon as main continental port.
- Corsica Linea (the red ships) has the biggest share of freight, with Marseille as main continental port
Corsica Linea will make its ferry MEDITERRANEE available to the prefecture of Bouches-du-Rhône in Marseille, from 29 March. The ship will become France’s first refugee accommodation centre.
The new Visentini-built LNG-powered ropax will be named A GALEOTTA, after Pascal Paoli’s flagship.
Sea trials are planned for May 2022.
Pasquale Paoli was a Corsican patriot, statesman and military leader who was at the forefront of resistance movements against the Genoese.
Ropax A GALEOTTA has a dedicated website (in French): gnl.corsicalinea.com
Pierre Antoine Villanova, Corsica Linea’s CEO, posted on LinkedIn a picture and a message announcing his visit at the Italian shipyard Cantiere Navale Visentini in Porto Viro (Rovigo).
“Our new ship starts to get the colours of the Corsica Linea family. This is our environmental transition in action!”
“How far we have come since the creation of the company 5 years ago!”
Lane metres: 2.560m with extra deck for 150 cars.
- Passengers: 650
- Speed: 23 knots
- Delivery is planned for 2022
- Designed by NAOS
No surprise: the Corsican Assembly has voted to attribute the 5 subsidised ferry lines to Corsica Linea and La Méridionale. (public service contract).
Route 1: Marseille – Ajaccio: Corsica Linea & La Méridionale
Route 2: Marseille – Bastia: Corsica Linea
Route 3: Marseille – Portovecchio: Corsica Linea
Route 4: Marseille – Propriano: La Méridionale
Route 5: Marseille – Ile-Rousse: Corsica Linea
Period: 1 March 2021 – 31 December 2022
Earlier it was reported that Corsica Ferries’ offer was rejected (because of “non-compliance of the offer”).
Public Service Contract for Corsica: What’s Up?
In January 2020, Corsica Linea and La Méridionale submitted a joint application for the public service contract for the links with Corsica. (Ferry Shipping News)
This new contract should start on 1 January 2021 (until end of 2027), but so far, no decision has been taken.
Two ongoing investigations are disrupting the decision schedule:
- Investigating the creation of a SEMOP (a company owned 50.1% by Corsican authorities and 49.9% by private operators). French Competition Authority is investigating its impact on competition and will deliver its advice to the Government in October.
- Investigation launched by the European Commission on 28 February 2020, about the allocation to Corsica Linea of rotations between Marseille and Bastia, Ajaccio and L’Ile-Rousse as part of the ongoing contract. European Commission must deliver its conclusions by the end of 2020.
Corsica Linea has suspended all ferry crossings between France and Algeria, until August 31.
The reason is that Président Abdelmadjid Tebboune has decided to close all borders of his country after a rise in Covid-19 cases.