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.

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)”.

Grandi Navi Veloci Ready to Convert One of its Vessels in Hospital Ship if Needed

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The MSC-controlled Grandi Navi Veloci is said to be ready to convert one or more of his vessels in hospital ships to face the Coronavirus emergency in Italy.

According to the local newspaper Il Secolo XIX the ferry company headed by Matteo Catani proposed to the local municipality and the Liguria region to convert and equip one of its vessels moored in Genoa for accommodating infected people or just persons in quarantine. The idea was also somehow supported and participated by the classification society Rina and would make possible to solve the problem of the lack of beds in the hospitals due to the emergency.

MSC Cruises also would be ready to offer the MSC OPERA (currently stopped in Genoa) for the same use which may be replicated also in some other ports in central and southern Italy if needed.

Update 12/3

A second project for a hotel ship is being considered for the port of Palermo by the Sicily Region.

Also Moby and Tirrenia said they could propose ships to be used as accommodation hotel or hospital.

Grandi Navi Veloci Charters Girolata From La Meridionale For 9+3 Months

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MSC-controlled Grandi Navi Veloci has chartered ropax GIROLATA from La Meridionale, as from 1 January to the end of September, with an option three more months.

The two companies agreed for a deck & engine and full catering charter. The ship will start operating in Italy under the French flag after a small refit at Chantier Navale de Marseille.

Grandi Navi Veloci confirmed the charter, specifying that it is set to be deployed on the links between the ports of Civitavecchia and Palermo-Termini Imerese in Sicily.

Grandi Navi Veloci In Red

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Grandi Navi Veloci, ferry company part of the MSC group, registered last year a loss of EUR 13.4 million, from a red of EUR 10.2 million in 2017. Revenues were stable at EUR 386 million while the EBITDA and EBIT decreased respectively to EUR 46.1 and 4.5 million.

Revenues coming from passenger tickets were EUR 224 million (216 in 2017) and from ro-ro traffic EUR 80.4 million (from 72.4); sales and services on-board generated EUR 25.8 million and tonnage charters (out) decreased from EUR 48.7 to 26 million.

Earlier this year GNV was rumored to be in negotiation for taking a minority share in the ferry company Africa Morocco Link operating between the ports of Tanger and Algeciras with a fleet of three ferries.

Instead last July Gianluigi Aponte, founder of MSC, publicly said that Grandi Navi Veloci will currently not proceed with the order for two ro-pax ferries, which were previously announced. They were going to be built at the GSI Shipyard in China.

TOP STORY

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Grandi Navi Veloci Puts Order For New GSI Ships On Hold

MSC-controlled Grandi Navi Veloci will currently not proceed with the order for two ro-pax ferries, which were previously announced. They were going to be built at the GSI Shipyard in China.

At the annual general meeting of the Italian shipowners association (Assarmatori), Gianluigi Aponte, chairman of MSC Group, stated: “I can say that we are still considering the investment. However, the main issue with the shipyard is the price”.

The four ro-pax vessels (plus a further four units in options) jointly ordered in China by GNV and Onorato Armatori in 2017, have a capacity for 2,500 passengers and crew and offer 3,765 lane metres. The first and third ships should have been delivered to Grandi Navi Veloci, while Onorato (which instead recently confirmed the order) will take delivery of the other two. The first vessel for Onorato will come into service late 2021.

GNV In Negotiation for a 25% Stake in Africa Morocco Link?

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The MSC-controlled ferry company Grandi Navi Veloci seems to be in advanced negotiation for taking a minority share in Africa Morocco Link.

The rumour was reported by several media both in Morocco and in Greece while the Genoa-headquartered company preferred not to comment on the issue upon request from Ferry Shipping News.

Africa Morocco Link operates between the ports of Tanger and Algeciras with a fleet of three ferries offering regulars sailings between the two sides of the Mediterranea sea.

As of today, the company founded in 2016 is jointly participated by the Moroccan BMCE Bank (51%) and the Greek group Attica (49%). According to what local media reported, BMCE bank should dismiss the AML’s majority share under its control before the end of the third year from the company foundation and that would be the reason why Grandi Navi Veloci was contacted as a potential investor.

Below a photo of LE RIF in AML colours, still in Genoa on 19 June.

FERRY PORTS

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Ferry Passengers Increasing (+4%) And Ro-Ro Decreasing (-1%) In The Port Of Ancona

In 2018, 1,151,266 passengers were handled in the port of Ancona, 6% more compared with the year before, and 1,084,235 of those were transported by ferries (+4%).

More in detail:

  • 771,874 passengers (+1%) Ancona – Igoumenitsa – Patras
  • 221,446 (+7%) Ancona – Split (Croatia)
  • 90,832 (+29%) Ancona – Durres (Albania).

The ferry companies active in the port of Ancona are Minoan Lines, Superfast Ferries and Anek Lines (to and from Greece), Grandi Navi Veloci and Adria Ferries (to and from Albania) and Jadrolinija and Snav (to and from Croatia).

As for the ro-ro traffic, 147,650 trucks and trailers were handled in the port in 2018, which means a 1% decrease compared with the previous year.

FERRY SHIPPING

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Grandi Navi Veloci Relaunch The Genoa-Olbia Link With ‘Rebranded’ Ships

Six years after closing down the Genoa – Olbia route, Grandi Navi Veloci decided to relaunch the route between Northern Italy and the port at the heart of the Costa Smeralda on the island of Sardinia.

The service is expected to start on 25 May and will last until 29 September, in parallel with the other maritime link operated between Genoa and Porto Torres. “With two routes and 280 sailings, we are going to offer a capacity for 700,000 passengers to be transported between Sardinia and the Italian mainland” said Mateo Catani, CEO of the ferry company.

Interesting detail for the lovers of the Italian rock star Vasco Rossi: some of the GNV’s ferries set to be deployed on the Sardinia routes will entirely be covered by an advertisement campaign for the concert to be held on 19 and 20 June. Vasco Rossi revealed the new layout of the ferry EXCELSIOR on his Facebook page.