MSC Group continues to acquire ferry tonnage

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Brittany Ferries’ CAP FINISTERE seems to be en route to MSC Group, SHIPPING ITALY reports.

This ropax is the former SUPERFAST V (2001).

Although not officially confirmed, the news has not been denied either, writes the Italian source, quoting GNV as the recipient.

CAP FINISTERE has a 1,600 passenger capacity and over 1,900 lanemetres for roro.

Lately, GNV has seen an impressive fleet expansion; in the last two years the following ro-pax has been purchased or long-time chartered in: FORZA, TENACIA, GNV ARIES, GNV ANTARES, GNV BRIDGE E GNV SEALAND. Last week, MSC Group announced a new order for four ropax vessels to be built in China and set to be delivered from late 2024 onwards.

Grandi Navi Veloci Announced a New RoPax from Visentini, To Be Delivered in 2021

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Grandi Navi Veloci, a ferry company part of MSC Group, announced that a new ro-pax unit currently under construction at Cantiere Navale Visentini shipyard will be added to its fleet next year.

The newbuilding is scheduled for delivery next spring and is a sistership of CIUDAD DE VALENCIA just handed over to Trasmediterranea (photo below).

(203m / 32,000 GT / 157 cabins / 1,000 passengers / 2,564 lane metres / 24 knots speed)

Further details were not disclosed but, as the technical management of the ship will be in the hand of a company controlled by the Visentini family, it’s likely that Grandi Navi Veloci will take the new ro-pax unit in long-term charter, maybe with purchase option.

Exactly one year ago, Gianluigi Aponte, founder of MSC Group, revealed that the project for 2 + 2 new ferries at GSI shipyard in China was suspended due to the higher price requested.

As of today, the Genoa-based ferry company operates a fleet of 16 vessels deployed on the national and international market linking Sicily, Sardinia, Spain, Tunisia, Morocco, France and Albania.

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.

Ferry AURELIA En Route From Tirrenia To MSC Group

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Ferry AURELIA En Route From Tirrenia To MSC Group

The veteran ferry AURELIA seems to have found a new owner. Several local sources suggest that the vessel, built 38 years ago in Italy at the Castellammare di Stabia shipyard, has just been sold by Tirrenia to a company somehow linked to the Gianluigi Aponte-controlled Mediterranean Shipping Company group.

AURELIA has been deployed for the last few years in charter to SNAV (ferry company also owned by Aponte) on the Ancona – Split route in the Adriatic Sea and is likely to keep on serving the same link in the near future. The vessel has already been reflagged (from Italy to Cyprus) and also the technical management should have been passed on to MSC Shipmanagement Ltd Cyprus.

AURELIA was firstly circulated on the market, searching for a potential buyer from Unitramp Shipbrokers of Italy in November, and the price may stand around € 5 million according to some sources. This ro-pax ferry has: 148 meters length, 25,4 meters beam, 2,280 passenger capacity and some 1,000 lane meters of garage.