- Invitalia and the Italian transport ministry launched a new tender to award the highspeed maritime transport services in the Strait of Messina between the ports of Reggio Calabria and Messina.
- Public subsidies are worth roughly EUR 35 million for five years.
- Ships aged up to 30 years are accepted, capacity must be for 250 passengers and 28 knots is the requested speed.
- Up to 16 round trips from Monday to Friday (6 in weekends)
- Half an hour to cover 18.1 miles distance with hydrofoils or highspeed craft.
The Trapani-based ferry company Liberty Lines, controlled by the Morace family, is the only player which submitted an offer for the tender launched by Invitalia, on behalf of the Italian transport ministry. It was aimed at finding an operator for the regular high-speed ferry link between the ports of Reggio Calabria (Italy mainland) and Messina (Sicily region).
Public subsidies are worth almost EUR 37 million for five years.
Liberty Lines will have to offer regular shuttle services (up to 16 round trips from Monday to Friday) between Reggio Calabria and Messina taking half an hour on each direction to cover 18.1 miles distance with hydrofoils or high-speed crafts.