GNV In Negotiation for a 25% Stake in Africa Morocco Link?

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The MSC-controlled ferry company Grandi Navi Veloci seems to be in advanced negotiation for taking a minority share in Africa Morocco Link.

The rumour was reported by several media both in Morocco and in Greece while the Genoa-headquartered company preferred not to comment on the issue upon request from Ferry Shipping News.

Africa Morocco Link operates between the ports of Tanger and Algeciras with a fleet of three ferries offering regulars sailings between the two sides of the Mediterranea sea.

As of today, the company founded in 2016 is jointly participated by the Moroccan BMCE Bank (51%) and the Greek group Attica (49%). According to what local media reported, BMCE bank should dismiss the AML’s majority share under its control before the end of the third year from the company foundation and that would be the reason why Grandi Navi Veloci was contacted as a potential investor.

Below a photo of LE RIF in AML colours, still in Genoa on 19 June.


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Grandi Navi Veloci Relaunch The Genoa-Olbia Link With ‘Rebranded’ Ships

Six years after closing down the Genoa – Olbia route, Grandi Navi Veloci decided to relaunch the route between Northern Italy and the port at the heart of the Costa Smeralda on the island of Sardinia.

The service is expected to start on 25 May and will last until 29 September, in parallel with the other maritime link operated between Genoa and Porto Torres. “With two routes and 280 sailings, we are going to offer a capacity for 700,000 passengers to be transported between Sardinia and the Italian mainland” said Mateo Catani, CEO of the ferry company.

Interesting detail for the lovers of the Italian rock star Vasco Rossi: some of the GNV’s ferries set to be deployed on the Sardinia routes will entirely be covered by an advertisement campaign for the concert to be held on 19 and 20 June. Vasco Rossi revealed the new layout of the ferry EXCELSIOR on his Facebook page.


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Before And After

The photo shows the GNV ferry EXCELLENT, which collided in October with the quay in Barcelona in extreme weather conditions. She also hit a gantry crane that collapsed and took fire.

The ferry has now been repaired by the Palumbo shipyard in Messina.

GNV’s EXCELLENT Reached Palumbo Shipyard In Messina For Repairs After Accident In Barcelona

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The ferry EXCELLENT, owned and operated by Grandi Navi Veloci, has reached the port of Messina this week for some repairs due to be performed by Palumbo shipyard.

The vessel collided with the quay and a gantry crane in the port of Barcelona on 31 October. The crane capsized and took fire.

GNV said in a statement that extreme strong winds and sea currents prevented the ship from docking, eventually pushing it against the port’s crane.

The impact damaged the bulbous bow.

GNV’s RHAPSODY Bahamas Bound

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Genoa-based Grandi Navi Veloci chartered out for some months the ferry RHAPSODY which will pass all the winter season in the Bahamas as a floating hotel.

Italian news site reports that the MSC-controlled ferry company closed a charter agreement with Norwegian Cruise Line through which the 1996-built ferry will be deployed from mid-November to February as an accommodation vessel for the personnel of the cruise company relocated there.

In the next few months several ships of NCL’s fleet are expected to enter dry dock at Grand Bahama shipyard and RHAPSODY will host part of the crews and of the staff in charge for the fleet technical management.

GNV ‘Obliged’ To Install Scrubbers On The New Ro-Pax Ships Ordered In China

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Grandi Navi Veloci will be obliged to install scrubbers, rather than using LNG as a fuel on the new ferries ordered earlier this year at Guangzhou Shipyard International shipyard. Reason: the port of Genoa will not be able to provide gas for ships in the next few years.

This is what Antonio Campagnuolo, Marine operations director of the ferry company controlled by MSC Group, said at a conference held in Genoa, and organized by the local Propeller Club. “Genoa is proceeding too slowly on that project,” he said while talking about the plan to open a LNG station for bunkering ships.

“For our new ferries set to be built in China, our idea was originally to opt for gas but, at least for the first units (further two ships are in option), this will not be possible, mainly because on the routes we cover there is still a lack of LNG facilities.”

Campagnuolo concluded saying that “scrubbers will then be installed on the first new ferries in order to be compliant with the new rules on low sulphur emission coming into force from 2020”.

The four ro-pax vessels (plus further four units in options) jointly ordered in China by GNV and Onorato Armatori will have capacity for 2,500 passengers and crew and offer 3,765 lane metres. The first and third ships will be delivered to Grandi Navi Veloci, while Onorato will take delivery of the other two. The first vessel will come into service late in 2020.

Written by Nicola Capuzzo

A Dream Scenario For OSK-Shiptech

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Last week, MSC Group and Onorato Armatori have signed a historical contract with Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) for the order of four luxurious ro-pax ferries. OSK-ShipTech is behind the concept design for the largest ferry order ever.
“Our two largest clients are now doing business together, so to us, this is a dream-scenario, where we are appointed designers on the basis of earlier projects and long-term successful cooperation with all parties. This is such a significant project, and this order is a fantastic opportunity to bring our competencies, the yard’s strength and the owners’ joint pool of many years’ of experience into play,” says CCO of OSK Group, Anders Ørgård.
The contract includes an option for four additional ferries of the same type. In any case, this a record ferry order – and a quantum leap for the joint cooperation between GSI and OSK.

Success story for GNV on Morocco

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GNV, an Aponte-owned (MSC) company, carried more than 175,000 passengers during operation ‘Marhaba 2017’.
Each year many Moroccan expats travel to their home country during summer. Known as operation ‘Marhaba 2017’ this migration sees a huge peak in ferry travel across the Mediterranean.
At a press conference in Casablanca, GNV said it saw an increase of 32.5% compared to last year.
Some GNV figures for Marhaba 2017:

  • Total pax: 175,116 pax
  • Port of Tangier: 122,838 (via Genoa, Sète and Barcelona)
  • Port of Nador: 52,278 (via Sète and Barcelona)

Photo: GNV


Short News

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  • CLdN decided to introduce an additional ro-ro –ADELINE– on the Rotterdam-London service. From each port there will be two extra sailings per week.
  • GNV’s ro-pax ferry LA SUPREMA made a transatlantic crossing, and is now in San Juan, the capital of Maria-ravaged Puerto Rico. She is acting as a relief ship after the hurricane.
  • CMA CGM will bring in STENA CARRIER and ARK FORWARDER for their new Morocco Express service (see Ferry Shipping News, week 37). These two Stena RoRo ships have a capacity of about 2,700 lane meter.
  • Stena’s former TRELLEBORG, operating as SUNNY between the islands of Qeshm (Iran), has been sold for scrap.
  • Ro-pax STENA EGERIA arrived in Durrës on October 8. She has been chartered by Adria Ferries for one year, from Stena RoRo. She replaces the BRIDGE, which was spotted in Port Suez on October 10. STENA EGERIA has been renamed AF MICHELA.
  • ABB is going to provide an Azipod propulsion system for the new Viking Line cruise ferry to be built in China, the first installation of Azipod propulsion in a cruise-ferry application.
  • Ship2Shore reports that the Onorato Group (Moby/Tirrenia) is aiming at a sale & lease back contract with foreign investors, to cash money from MOBY TOMMY, JANAS, BITHIA and ATHARA.