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Genoa From The Sky

When returning from the Grimaldi EuroMed Conference, our Italian correspondent Nicola Capuzzo took these shots from his aircraft, when arriving in Genoa. MOBY WONDER and MOBY AKI can be clearly seen, being prepared for their new life on the DFDS IJmuiden – Newcastle route.

The white vessel on the left is SUPER-FAST BALEARES and the Corsica Ferries ship is the 1972 veteran SARDINIA REGINA.

If only all sea ports had an airport in the harbour area.

This is a view on the normal ferry operations, with several GNV and Tirrenia ropax units alongside.


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Shipowner Vincenzo Onarato continues to put the emphasis on Italian crew (with as only exception the St Peterline ships). He repeated his message during the inaugural ceremony of MARIA GRAZIA ONORATO in Genoa.
Click on the picture to watch the video on YouTube (1:21)


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Three Options For A New LNG Depot In The Port Of Genoa

“Three are the options currently under examination in order to realize a new LNG depot in the port of Genoa, useful also for bunkering ships: the so-called ex-Ilva area in Cornigliano, the liquid bulk terminal of Porto Petroli in Multedo or on the breakwater either in the old port or in the Voltri-Pra basin”.

That is what Paolo Emilio Signorini, chairman of the local port authority, said to Ferry Shipping News in the occasion of the first ‘coming back home’ call of a Costa ship in Genoa in 15 years.

Signorini also pointed out that “there are some hurdles related to the nearby presence of the airport which impose limits” to the height of the building and depots. “There are no doubts about the interest from the market to build and manage such a new LNG depot since several companies expressed their will to invest on it” the head of the port added.

Next November, in the nearby port of Savona (which is managed by the same authority), Costa Cruises will christen Costa Smeralda. She is currently under construction at Meyer Turku. She will be LNG-powered. So far, bunkering is only possible in Barcelona.

In the near past also Grandi Navi Veloci and Moby publicly expressed their concerns about the fact that they are obliged to install scrubbers on the new ferries ordered in China due to the lack of LNG available in Genoa.

Balearia’s HSC JAUME III To Be Repowered By San Giorgio Del Porto Shipyard

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Incat 041 JAUME III is set to be refitted in the port of Genoa, by San Giorgio del Porto Shipyard.

The yard is part of Genova Industrie Navali group, in which Fincantieri is expected to take a minority stake in the near future.

Ettore Morace, managing director of Balearia, confirmed to Ferry Shipping News that, “the JAUME III is to undergo significant works in the engine room. The vessel will be completely repowered, and the four main Ruston engines will be replaced by MTU.”

Price tag: €8 million.

Two years ago, Balearia also repowered JAUME II, to improve its energy efficiency, reliability and service as part of the company’s fleet modernization process