Grandi Navi Veloci confirmed purchase of GNV SPIRIT

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Grandi Navi Veloci has officially announced the purchase of the ropax ship CAP FINISTÈRE from Brittany Ferries which is currently en route to the port of Naples where will be renamed GNV SPIRIT.

The Nuova Meccanica Navale shipyard will take care of it with some refitting works and repainting the vessel with the company’s distinctive livery.

Once she enters service before next summer season, GNV SPIRIT will take GNV’s fleet to 25 ferries.

FORZA and TENACIA to start a 5-year bareboat charter with GNV

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The sister ships FORZA and TENACIA —owned by Grimaldi Holding— will start a new 5-year bareboat charter with Grandi Navi Veloci, starting in February.

Broker sources suggest that the daily rate should be EUR 14,500 for the first three years, 14,750 for the fourth and 15,000 for the fifth. No options included for extending the period or for purchasing the ro-pax sister vessels.

Since September 2020 both the ferries have been operating for GNV in sub-charter from Trasmediterranea.

Both have a capacity of 2,000 lane meters and 1,000 passengers and are currently deployed on the routes linking Italy mainland to Sicily (Civitavecchia – Palermo) and Spain with the Balearic Islands (Barcelona – Palma).

GNV Confirms the Expansion of its Balearic Routes

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Two months after the opening of the new lines in the Balearics, GNV announces the new connection from Barcelona with Ciutadella de Menorca (via Palma de Mallorca) with GNV SEALAND (2,255 lane metres and 195 cars, 880 pax).

GNV BRIDGE (delivered June 2021, with 2,564 lane metres and 157 cabins) will operate the connections between Valencia, Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza.

GNV has scheduled departures every day between the ports of Barcelona and Valencia, and Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza, in addition to the direct connection between Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza.

Purchasing individual routes is possible.

GNV and Tirrenia Cin Sumbitted Offers for Maritime Continuity between Genoa and Porto Torres

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Grandi Navi Veloci and Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione (Moby’s subsidiary operating as Tirrenia) are the two ferry companies which applied for the maritime continuity during the low season between the ports of Genoa and Porto Torres, in Sardinia.

Invitalia, the public body which launched the tender for the Italian transport ministry, last June excluded this same two companies which now applied again for this tender which is worth EUR 25.8 million for the period 2021 – 2026.

The selected company will have to cover the route Genoa – Porto Torres from October to May with daily maritime services.

Ro-pax units to be deployed on this line must be aged up to 20 years, with 750 passengers and 1,000 lane meters capacity.

Grimaldi Group will be active on the same routes with no public subsidies.

Grandi Navi Veloci is Considering Adding Ciudadella as a Port of Call

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Spanish sources revealed that GNV might add a port call in Menorca to its network of routes linking Barcelona and Valencia to the Balearic islands.

Ferry Baleares reported that in case the new rotation should be Barcelona – Palma – Ciutadella – Palma – Barcelona.

The Genoa-based ferry company officially denied that its services to Ibiza and Mallorca could change in the near future but also added that they “always look at interesting opportunities to open new markets”.

As from last July 6, Grandi Navi Veloci started a regular network of maritime services between Spain mainland and Balearic islands where are deployed the ro-pax ships GNV BRIDGE (linking Barcellona – Palma – Ibiza) and GNV SEALAND (Valencia – Palma – Ibiza).

GNV and Grimaldi Holding Signed a Bareboat Charter for RoPax Vessels FORZA and TENACIA

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  • GNV and Grimaldi Holding signed a 3-year bareboat charter for FORZA and TENACIA.
  • Option 1+1 years
  • Both ferries have been operating 10 months for GNV, in sub-charter from Trasmediterranea.
  • Ferry Shipping News understands that, practically, it will be an extension of the current charters, even if this new agreement involves directly Grimaldi Holding and MSC-controlled GNV.
  • Daily rates for each bareboat charter should be around EUR 15,000 and there are no purchase options.
  • TENACIA and FORZA both have capacity of 2,000 lane meters and 1,000 passengers and are currently deployed on the routes linking Italy mainland to Sicily and Sardinia.


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Latest News From The Maritime Continuity In Italy

Regarding the public tender launched for the subsidized Genova – Porto Torres link, both Tirrenia CIN and GNV had been excluded by the Italian transport ministry, while Grimaldi appealed to the Regional Administrative Court in Rome contesting some aspects of the procedure.

The tender will have to be relaunched, but the Onorato-controlled group has just announced that they (Moby and Tirrenia CIN) will operate the same line for the whole year with no need for public money.

On June 1, Grimaldi Euromed officially started the new Naples – Cagliari – Palermo link with ropax CORFU. This follows a public tender for the maritime continuity where Grimaldi Group emerged as the only interested player.

For Grimaldi Group this is the first line calling the port of Naples, in the city where the company is headquartered.

(CORFU completed her last sailing on Igoumenitsa – Ancona on May 30).

On the route Naples – Cagliari Moby – Cin will also be active with a new regular ro-ro cargo line.

FRS To Offer Inter-Balearic-Island Services

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Competition on the Balearic Islands increases. Two days after the announcement of GNV to enter this market, the German company FRS said it will start operating the Alcúdia – Cituadella route at the end of May.

At the beginning of June, the Ibiza-Formentera line will be added.

The FRS routes will be operated by fast ferries:

TARIFA JET on Alcudia – Ciutadela / 1h15min / 777 pax / 175 cars

SAN GWANN on Ibiza – Formentera / 427 pax / 15 cars