Worries Caused by Interruption of Ferry Service between Corsica and Sardinia

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On 6 February, Moby Line’s GIRAGLIA hit a rock. She had to be repaired and left the route between Sardinia and Corsica without a ship for 10 days.

It is a vital logistic link between the two islands. The other ship, BASTIA, was not available due to winter maintenance. She is expected back soon.

The incident raised concerns:

  • How long can this old tonnage remain in service? GIRAGLIA is from 1981, BASTIA from 1974.
  • Since 2016 talks have been going on about the creation of an inter-island, inter-European public service contract (GECT – groupement européen de coopération territoriale), so far without anything concrete.


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Onorato Armatori officially signed the final agreement with the Chinese yard GSI for building two new ro-pax ferries which are set to be deployed from the summer 2022 on the Livorno – Olbia routes. The keel laying of the first ferry is planned for June 2020.

The technical details of the new units are: an overall length of 237m, width of 32m and a gross tonnage of 69,500.
Lane metre capacity will be 3,800.

The ferry will be able to transport 2,500 passengers (in 550 cabins) and 1,300 cars.

“The ferries will be LNG-ready and fitted with the latest technologies for energy optimisation,” says the press release from Danish naval architects OSK-ShipTech.

The engines with a power of 10.8 megawatts will guarantee a particularly low fuel consumption and eco-friendly 23.5 knots with peaks close to 25 knots.

Achille Onorato, Ceo of Moby Group, said: “We might confirm the option for another couple of ships with the same characteristics”.

Ferry Shipping News recently revealed that both those newbuildings will be delivered to Fratelli Onorato Armatori trough a sale & lease back contract with China’s ICBC Leasing and then sub-chartered to Moby – Tirrenia Cin.