Liberty Lines Expected to Reopen the Otranto – Corfù Line Next Summer

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Liberty Lines will again offer a fast-ferry line between Otranto and Corfu during next summer, according to local media. The regular maritime link will be served with the high-speed craft AMMARI built by Liberty Shipyard in 2015.

Transit time will be 2 hours and 45 minutes.

The line will be active from 27 June to 6 September, with five weekly connections, except for the high season period from 27 July to 30 August when departures will be six a week in both directions.

From the Greek island, there will be connections to Paxos and Saranda, Albania, offered respectively by Joy Cruises and Ionian Seaways.

The Otranto – Corfu route was first offered by Liberty Lines in the summer of 2017 but was suspended the following year.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

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Newbuilt Hydrofoil CARMINE Enters Service for Liberty Lines

The high-speed craft CARMINE M –built by Liberty Shipyard in Trapani– has been delivered to Liberty Lines. It is ready to enter service on the routes to and from the Aeolian islands.

This is the fourth unit of the Admiral 250 series built in Sicily and follows the sister ships CARLO MORACE, AMMARÌ and CARMEN M.

This high-speed vessel has a capacity for 250 passengers, is 31.7 metres long, beam is 6.8 metres, draft 4.2 metres and can reach a maximum speed of 36 knots.

SHORT NEWS

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Liberty Lines Received Another High-Speed Craft from Liberty Shipyard

A new high-speed craft called CARMINE has just been delivered to the Sicilian ferry company Liberty Lines from Liberty Shipyard (formerly known as HSC Shipyard) based in the port of Trapani.

The unit in question is part of the Admiral 250 series and is a sister ship of the hydrofoils renamed AMMARÌ, CARLO MORACE and CARMEN M.

This high-speed vessel has a capacity for 250 passengers.

FERRY SHIPPING

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According to local media (Giornale di Sicilia) the UK-based investment fund Taconic Capital will make an offer to buy Liberty Lines, the ferry company owned by the Morace family and still under the administration of an external commissioner following the court case renamed “Mare monstrum” which happened in 2017.

The company founded in 1993 by Vittorio Morace operates short sea links from Sicily to the Aeolian islands, to the Egadi islands and Pelagie islands, has a fleet of 32 hydrofoils and also controls a shipyard building hi-speed crafts in Trapani.

Also, the other big player active on the ferry routes in Sicily, the Messina-based Caronte&Tourist, recently welcomed as a new minority shareholder (with a 30% stake) the investment fund Basalt Infrastructure Partners.

Marnavi Decided Not To Buy Sicilian Ferry Company Liberty Lines

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Naples-based Marnavi shipping group decided not to proceed with a takeover of the Sicilian ferry company Liberty Lines, after giving the investigation its due diligence.

The company founded in 1993 by Vittorio Morace has a fleet of 32 hydrofoils, making it one the largest high-speed maritime passenger transport company in the world, and it has also a shipyard in Trapani.

In 2016 Liberty Lines acquired Siremar and 50.9% of the share capital of Traghetti delle Isole, the shipping company operating between the smaller islands of western Sicily. As of today the company offers regular maritime connections from Sicily to the Aeolian islands, to the Egadi islands and Pelagie islands.

The company is still under the administration of an external commissioner following the court case renamed “Mare monstrum” which happened in 2017.