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New Building by Grimaldi Group

Date: 10/08/2010

The Grimaldi Group, in line with its policy of development and enhancement of the Group’s Motorways of the Sea network, has recently taken delivery of two newbuildings which replace older tonnage and further strengthen its fleet in the Mediterranean. First was the cruise ferry Cruise Olympia, which was delivered on the 30th of June from the Fincantieri shipyard of Castellammare di Stabia near Naples. The other new state-of-the art ro-ro vessel, the “Eurocargo Genova”, was delivered to the Group on the 10th of June. The first of 10 twin vessels ordered from the Korean shipyard of Hyundai Mipo in Ulsan, the vessel was deployed on the Genoa-Catania-Malta route in mid July.

With a length of 200 metres, a beam of 26.5 metres and with a gross tonnage of 32,644 tonnes, the vessel can carry 3,900 linear metres of rolling cargo at a service speed of 23 knots. The “Eurocargo Genova” can also carry 12 passengers in six cabins and is equipped with 10 decks, two of which are hoistable. The vessel has a ramp capable of loading cargo units with a weight of up to 120 tonnes. The garage spaces are all connected by ramps fixed or mobile.

Mr Guido Grimaldi, Short Sea Lines Commercial manager of Grimaldi Group stated: “With this new vessel we are strengthening our Motorways of the Sea network to and from Sicily. The commitment taken by our Group for the development of efficient maritime links serving Sicilian exporters is proven with the deployment of this vessel which will increase by 70% the loading capacity of our service between Genoa, Catania and Malta, carrying up to 280 semi-trailers. In this way we can offer very competitive freight rates to our customers, as well as contributing to the economic development of Sicily. The port of Catania is a strategic port for us as it is a hub for the Group’s services to Malta, Libya and Greece,” said Mr Grimaldi.

With the delivery of these new vessels, the Grimaldi Group not only aims to create a bridge between the Western and Eastern Mediterranean (making the Balkans even closer to Western Europe and North Africa), but is also committed to providing an even more efficient and viable alternative to road transport, whilst responding to the growing market requirements.

Source: Grimaldi News quarterly newsletter 51


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