Grendi Found A Second RoRo Ship To Increase Frequency And Capacity On Carrara – Cagliari

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Genoa-based Grendi Trasporti Marittimi says it has found the second roro ship it was looking for.
It is needed to increase capacity and frequency of the regular line operated between the Tuscan port of Marina di Carrara and Cagliari, in Sardinia.

“Today we are offering three sailings per week. We want to increase the frequency by up to four or five round trips chartering-in a second vessel,” said Costanza Musso, CEO of the group together with her brother Antonio Musso.
The latter added: “We have just found a roro controlled by North European interests with a 1,750 lane metre capacity and a speed of 17 knots. It will be deployed from February. I cannot disclose the name of the vessel since some details of the one-year charter contract still have to be finalised.”
Antonio Musso further stated: “Thanks to this second unit, our roro service will become daily.”

Grendi’s annual turnover, coming also from logistics and land transport activities, is roughly EUR 45 million, with a 20% increase registered in the last twelve months.

The shipping company controlled by the Musso family is active today with the 2018-built roro ship ROSA DEI VENTI (2,500 metres lane metres) long-term chartered from owner Giovanni Visentini Trasporti Fluviomarittimi.


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Genoa From The Sky

When returning from the Grimaldi EuroMed Conference, our Italian correspondent Nicola Capuzzo took these shots from his aircraft, when arriving in Genoa. MOBY WONDER and MOBY AKI can be clearly seen, being prepared for their new life on the DFDS IJmuiden – Newcastle route.

The white vessel on the left is SUPER-FAST BALEARES and the Corsica Ferries ship is the 1972 veteran SARDINIA REGINA.

If only all sea ports had an airport in the harbour area.

This is a view on the normal ferry operations, with several GNV and Tirrenia ropax units alongside.


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Project To Move Away Ferry Traffic From The Old Harbour In Genoa

Francesco Maresca, the newly elected council member for the Genoa municipality and in charge for the port business development, launched the idea to move away all the ferry traffic from the old harbour in the heart of the town to the Voltri-Prà area, close to the Voltri Terminal Europa container terminal.

All the ferries and cruise vessels calling at the port of Genoa today are moored at the quays operated by Stazioni Marittime, company controlled by MSC Group. The idea launched by Maresca intends to leave more space to the cruise industry but is fiercely opposed by local committees in Voltri – Prà which are worried by a potential increase of traffics and emissions in the area.

In Voltri there are still today two quays available for ro-ro which were used until 2011 by T-link Lines and before by Stradeblu.


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MARIA GRAZIA ONORATO Officially Presented In Genoa By Onorato Armatori

15 May, in the port of Genoa, Onorato Armatori publicly presented the new ro-ro ship MARIA GRAZIA ONORATO built by Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft and long-term chartered (8 years) from the owner Siem.
The vessel is set to be deployed by Tirrenia on the Genoa – Livorno – Catania – Malta rotation.
This is the sixth ro-ro ship that FSG has delivered to Siem and is identical in construction to the sister ship ALF POLLAK, also taken in bare boat charter by Onorato Armatori and then sub-chartered to DFDS.

Fitted with scrubbers, those sister ships are among the newest and most modern ferries currently deployed in the Mediterranean area, accommodating up to 310 semi-trailers and has a capacity of 4,076 lane metres.

Onorato Armatori is negotiating with Siem the charter also of a third sister ships, named LEEVSTEN today, successfully launched and due to be delivered by the German shipyard in September 2019.

Ferry Traffic Stable, Cruise Market Increased At The Stazioni Marittime In Genoa

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Stazioni Maritime of Genoa, one of the most important ro-pax terminals of Italy, closed the past year with a total throughput of 3,091,845 passengers (+2.9%), of which 1,011,398 from cruise vessels (+9.3%) and 2,080,447 from ferries (+0.1%).

As for the ferry market, the traffic to and from Sardinia and North Africa slowed down (respectively -67,000 and -15,000 pax), while it increased on the routes to Sicily (+15,000) and Corsica (+70,500 pax).

The cargo flows improved, with 1,879,951 lane metres handled in 2018.

Genoa ferry passenger numbers in detail:

  • Tirrenia CIN 559,877
  • Moby 509,004
  • Grandi Navi Veloci 892,922
  • Algerie Ferries 5,621.
  • Cotunav 113,023

The traffic forecasts for 2019 are stable for ferries, while cruise passengers are expected to increase to 1,350,000 units.

More passengers and more freight for Corsica in 2017

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  • ORTC (Observatoire Régional des Transports de la Corse) published the first statistics for the year 2017. Some highlights:
  • Total of ferry passengers: 4,144,614 (+2.1%)
  • Total of airborne passengers: 4,025,727 (+9.7%) from which 241,744 came with low-cost flights.
  • Several ports, both in Corsica and on the Continent saw a progression in passenger traffic. Ajaccio +5%, Bastia +2%, Marseille +8% (but Nice -9%), Genoa +14%.
  • The ferry port of Porto Vecchio and the airports of Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi and Figari have set new records.
  • On the ro-ro freight side, most ports saw an increase. Only Toulon, on mainland France, went down -8%. Marseille is the most important mainland French port for freight.
  • Corsica Linea is the biggest freight carrier, and saw month after month a steady increase. Second is La Meridionale, followed by Corsica Ferries.

All statistics can be found on the old-style (and in French) ORTC website under ‘publications’.

Photo: Mike Louagie