Moby Vinci and Sharden transferred to Grandi Navi Veloci and renamed GNV Sirio and GNV Auriga

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Moby Vinci and Sharden have been transferred from the control of Onorato’s Moby to Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV), a company owned by the MSC Group, as anticipated. The transaction, valued at EUR 109 million, marks the conclusion of the broader restructuring plan for Moby. This restructuring was recently finalized with a EUR 352 million loan provided by Gianluigi Aponte, the founder of MSC.

Following the transfer, Moby Vinci and Sharden will be renamed GNV Sirio and GNV Auriga, respectively. They are slated to operate on the Genoa – Palermo regular route and the Genoa – Porto Torres service.

With these additions, Grandi Navi Veloci’s fleet now comprises 28 ships serving 31 routes across 7 different countries.

Photo: GNV

IMT Terminal in Genoa debuts in the Motorways of the Seas with Grandi Navi Veloci

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The IMT Terminal in the port of Genoa, terminal operator controlled by Ignazio Messina & C group, received this week the first call of two ro-ro ships operated by Grandi Navi Veloci, thus officially entering the market of the Motorways of the Seas.

CADENA 3 and CAROLINE RUSS are deployed on the Genoa-Termini Imerese and on the Genoa-Palermo-Malta links. The terminal move, away from the old port, helps to reduce the summer congestion at the ro-pax ferry berths.

GNV is 100% controlled by MSC Group. MSC Group has a 49% participation in Messina.

GNV AZZURRA as accommodation ship in Turkey

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GNV Grandi Navi Veloci signed a three-month charter contract with the Turkish company Defartes Global Services for the use of the ferry GNV AZZURRA.

She will be used as a floating hotel for the personnel of companies engaged in the work that Turkish Petroleum is carrying out in that stretch of sea.

Cruise ship GEMINI, also used as a floating hotel, is moored next to GNV AZZURRA.


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.

Grandi Navi Veloci Starts A New Adventure In Spain

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Now it is official: GNV joins the competition on the routes to the Balearic Islands.

Start: beginning of July


  • Barcelona – Palma de Mallorca – Ibiza
  • Valencia – Palma de Mallorca – Ibiza
  • Palma de Mallorca – Ibiza


  • GNV SEALAND (2009) ex SCOTTISH VIKING / 2,255 lane metre / 195 cars / 880 pax
  • GNV BRIDGE (2021) 2,564 lane metre / 1,000 pax

On April 15, Grimaldi announced the entrance of the same market through acquisition and cooperation with Armas Trasmediterranea.

Tirrenia, Grimaldi And Grandi Navi Veloci Will Jointly Operate Civitavecchia – Olbia

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Three of the main players active on the local ferry market will cooperate to provide regular maritime links between Sardinia (Olbia) and mainland Italy (Civitavecchia) under the next maritime continuity scheme.

Following a dedicated tender launched earlier this year, the transport ministry accepted the proposal received by Tirrenia Cin, Grimaldi Group and Grandi Navi Veloci which decided to share the losses expected for the winter period (from October to May) but in change they will be the only three operators authorized to serve the same link during the summer season.

More specifically Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione (Moby group) will be the company which operates the route from October to May.

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.