The large privately owned Naples based Grimaldi group has developed sophisticated cargo and passenger services in the Med and cargo operations.
This includes ro-ro between the Med, North and West Africa, North and South America and Europe and they built a modern fleet specially for the job. Now with takeovers, the Grimaldi group of companies boasts over 100 vessels, over 70 under Grimaldi’s own colours. In addition, there is ACL - Atlantic Container Line - with six ships, “Malta Motorways of the Sea” with another six freighters and Minoan Lines have their seven big classy passenger ro-ros.
And since August 2016, Grimaldi Group has gained title to all the shares in Finnlines Plc with some 14 ships. Grimaldi held a majority share in Finnlines for some years and so this is the climax of a long held strategy.
Grimaldi has shown great dynamism over the past two decades with an emphasis on building versatile high quality vessels for their routes. With Finnlines, they now control strategic passenger and freight routes on the Baltic and cargo services from there to the UK and Western European ports. It’s a remarkable achievement for the Naples based company.
They announced a new service commencing mid September by the Eurocargo Livorno 32,632,’12 which sails a weekly return route between Taranto, in the toe of Italy, almost the full length of the country to Genoa with a call at Catania in the SW. Each leg between South and North will take 50-60 hours.
Eurocargo Livorno has a cargo capacity of 3,810 lane ms, that is up to 250 units of trucks and trailers. That is a great deal of traffic diverted from around 800 miles of roads up the spine of Italy.