More GNV Ships Deployed To Accommodate Quarantined Migrants

By | 2020 Newsletter week 36 | No Comments

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.

GNV Adds RoRo Tonnage

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The Genoa-based ferry company Grandi Navi Veloci chartered-in for a few months the ro-ro unit PAULINE RUSS.

The vessel, which has 1,624 lane metres for 120 semitrailers capacity, is already deployed on the Genoa – Palermo maritime link for the summer season. This same vessel had been chartered-in by Moby – Tirrenia in the last few years.

Grandi Navi Veloci this week also announced to have obtained from Rina classification society the “Biosafety Trust Certification” confirming that both the vessel and the terminal operators of the group are compliant with the Covid emergency measures.

Passenger Transport Between Sardinia And Italy Reopens – Excluded Ferry Companies Protest

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Italy’s transport minister announced on June 2nd that passenger transport to and from Sardinia island could re-open.

In a first phase only the ferry company operating the territorial continuity (i.e. Tirrenia – Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione) is allowed to start.

For all the other players operating on the same routes (Corsica Sardinia ferries, Grimaldi, Grandi Navi Veloci and Moby) the restart-date is June 13th.

The same rule applied for air transportation. Only public airline firm Alitalia was allowed to start.

This decision has been fiercely opposed by the shipowners and logistics associations Confitarma and Federlogistica supporting respectively Grimaldi and Grandi Navi Veloci’s interests. They ask the minister to rethink the act, also recalling antitrust issues as the measure would distort competition among ferry operators.

Grandi Navi Veloci Will Repatriate French Passengers From Morocco

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One of Grandi Navi Veloci’s ferries will be used to repatriate French people which remained stuck in Morocco when the borders were closed due to the Coronavirus.

The announcement came from the French embassy in the North African country. They said that seven crossings will be done in June: Malaga (five voyages) and Sète (two voyages).

GNV confirmed to Ferry Shipping News that “two links will be operated on June 2nd and 9th from Tanger to Sète, in accordance with the authorities”.

The Genoa-based ferry company also strengthens that they have been operating the lines Sète-Tanger and Sète-Nador since 2012 Since March only the ro-ro cargo service with Tanger was active (Covid-19)”.

GNV’s Ferry SPLENDID Ready to Accommodate Covid-19 Infected People

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The Grandi Navi Veloci-controlled ferry SPLENDID will be ready to accommodate patients as from next Monday, according to what Giovanni Totti, head of the Liguria Region said.

The vessel is moored in the port of Genoa and some 25 cabins on Deck 7 have been already fitted with some specific equipment and services to accommodate affected people.

The ship capacity for hosting patients may be double soon and can reach 100 persons, following some refitting still ongoing onboard.

Following the idea launched by Grandi Navi Veloci, also some other companies in Italy (such as Moby, Grimaldi and Adria Ferries) said they would be pleased to offer their ferries for the same purpose. Charter fees and adaptation works would be paid by the Italian public body Protezione Civile, in charge for managing the coronavirus emergency.