Grandi Navi Veloci Suspended the RoPax Link between Civitavecchia and Palermo

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GNV has suspended the ropax link between the ports of Civitavecchia and the Sicily island (i.e. ports of Palermo and Termini Imerese) after the ‘port of Rome’ increased port dues applied to roro and passenger traffics, embarked and disembarked.

The decision (which seems to be still reviewable) was taken by the port authority of Civitavecchia in order to balance the financial losses coming after the Covid emergency which cancelled all the cruise season and most of the ferry traffic this year.

The dockworkers company protested against the new increased port dues warning that several shipowners (Grandi Navi Veloci and Grimaldi for the news cars handling) are already thinking to move their ships to other ports in Italy.

The MSC-controlled ferry company will go on serving the line between Sicily and Central-Southern Italy through the port of Naples.

RoRo Operators and Dockers Fighting in Italy about Cargo Handling

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Tension and troubles are arising in several Italian ports as some roro operators are not respecting a law just approved by the Italian Parliament. This law says that lashing and unlashing of cargo onboard the ship can be done by crewmembers only where skilled dockers are not available in port. To be fully effective this new regulation needs final guidelines, still to be adapted by the local Transport ministry.

Dockers cite a need to improve safety and highlight that lashing is dockwork, and abuses must be sanctioned.

Grandi Navi Veloci, Grimaldi Lines and Caronte & Tourist are some of the ro-pax companies active in Italy pushing towards the possibility to make ro-ro self-handling on board their ships.

Italian shipowners’ associations Confitarma and Assarmatori anticipated their will to contest the coming into force of the law either in Italy or in Europe if necessary.

Private Equity funds Apollo and HPS injected USD 75 Million in Naviera Armas

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Spanish media reports that Naviera Armas has just received financial oxygen from two private equity funds, Apollo and HPS. They injected some USD 75 million in order to keep the ferry company alive in the rough seas of the coronavirus emergency.

Since the news went public both the EUR 280 and 300 million bonds issued respectively in 2016 and 2017 and due to expire in 2023 and 2024 decreased their values and are now negotiated in the range between 40 and 50% of the original value.

This new debt received from the funds comes after EUR 50 million provided by some Spanish banks earlier this year.

Last week Grandi Navi Veloci officially announced to have sub-chartered from Naviera Armas-controlled Trasmediterranea both ropaxes TENACIA and FORZA owned by Grimaldi Holding and deployed up to now on the Spain – Balearic Islands routes.

GNV Charters-In Two Ro-Pax Ships from Trasmediterranea and Redelivers Two Ro-Ro Units

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MSC-controlled ferry company Grandi Navi Veloci revealed to have chartered-in two ropax ships owned by Grimaldi Holding, but in long time charter to the Spanish company Trasmediterranea. The GNV sub-charter is for one year.

The units in question are TENACIA and FORZA, both with a capacity of 2,000 lane meters and 1,000 passengers.

These two ships will be deployed on Genoa – Palermo.

During the last three months the ro-ro ships PAULINE RUSS and ELISABETH RUSS operated the route in a freight-only mode. This charter has just expired.

More GNV Ships Deployed To Accommodate Quarantined Migrants

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GNV ALLEGRA is the third GNV ferry deployed as accommodation vessel for quarantined migrants.

Soon after this news, it was announced that also RHAPSODY and SNAV ADRIATICO from GNV’s fleet are en route to Palermo and will be deployed as accomodation vessels for migrants/

With GNV AZZURA and AURELIA, selected earlier by the Italian government and still employed, that makes 5 GNV ships on charter to the Government.

Since the summer season in Sardinia is ending earlier than expected (covid-19 infections were on the rise in august among tourists), many ferries are available.

RHAPSODY and GNV ALLEGRA Obtained Biosafe Ship Notation from RINA

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Grandi Navi Veloci obtained the RINA “biosafe ship” notation for two vessels of its fleet: RHAPSODY and GNV ALLEGRA.

Biosafe Ship is a new goal-based notation, based on many different systems, components and operative procedures to control and prevent possible onboard infection outbreak. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, RINA has further strengthened its commitment towards a biosafe shipping by developing dedicated services for the infection prevention and control that is the first additional class notation devoted to this particular matter.

Grandi Navi Veloci Announced a New RoPax from Visentini, To Be Delivered in 2021

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Grandi Navi Veloci, a ferry company part of MSC Group, announced that a new ro-pax unit currently under construction at Cantiere Navale Visentini shipyard will be added to its fleet next year.

The newbuilding is scheduled for delivery next spring and is a sistership of CIUDAD DE VALENCIA just handed over to Trasmediterranea (photo below).

(203m / 32,000 GT / 157 cabins / 1,000 passengers / 2,564 lane metres / 24 knots speed)

Further details were not disclosed but, as the technical management of the ship will be in the hand of a company controlled by the Visentini family, it’s likely that Grandi Navi Veloci will take the new ro-pax unit in long-term charter, maybe with purchase option.

Exactly one year ago, Gianluigi Aponte, founder of MSC Group, revealed that the project for 2 + 2 new ferries at GSI shipyard in China was suspended due to the higher price requested.

As of today, the Genoa-based ferry company operates a fleet of 16 vessels deployed on the national and international market linking Sicily, Sardinia, Spain, Tunisia, Morocco, France and Albania.

Double Ro-Ro Charter For Grandi Navi Veloci For The Genoa – Palermo Link

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Not one, but two ro-ro ships are chartered by Grandi Navi Veloci for the Genoa – Palermo motorway of the seas, in order to free car capacity on the company’s ro-pax fleet.

Just a few days after the PAULINE RUSS arrived in Italy to start a three-month charter for Grandi Navi Veloci, this week also the sister ship ELISABETH RUSS reached the port of Genoa where it started to operate a regular freight link with Palermo.

Both vessels have been chartered for the summer season at a daily rate of some EUR 6,000 each.