Grimaldi Group has commenced an expansion of its presence in Sardinia as from 15 January 2021 its ro-pax vessel Venezia, which currently serves the three-times-a-week Salerno-Cagliari-Salerno connection, will also call at the port of Palermo.
The Group disclosed in a statement made available to PortNews in Lagos, Nigeria.
The statement read thus: “the new Palermo-Cagliari connection (and vice versa) will have a weekly frequency, with departure from Palermo on Saturdays at 19:30 hours and arrival in the Sardinian capital on Sundays morning at 09:00 hours. Departure from Cagliari is scheduled every Friday at 19:30 hours, with expected arrival in the Sicilian capital the following day at 09:00 hours.
“The Italian-flagged ferry Venezia, which will be deployed on the new route, has a service speed of up to 23 knots and a loading capacity of 2,250 linear meters, corresponding to about 130 trucks, plus 1,000 passengers and 200 cars.
“The vessel has 96 inside and oceanview cabins, all with air conditioning and en suite facilities, some equipped for passengers with reduced mobility and pets travelling in tow, as well as a comfortable lounge with reclining seats. Several services are offered onboard, such as a self-service restaurant, cafeteria, video games and slot machine room, shops and play area for children.”
Reacting to the development, Emanuele Grimaldi, Managing Director of the Neapolitan company declared “with the launch of the Palermo-Cagliari ro-pax connection, we are starting a massive campaign to further boost our presence in Sardinia, an increasingly strategic market for our Group.
“Sardinia is at the center of an extensive network of maritime connections that the Grimaldi Group has built in recent years in the Western Mediterranean, both for the transport of freight and passengers, guaranteeing territorial continuity not only with Continental Italy but also with neighbouring nations”.
The Grimaldi Group currently operates various maritime services to and from Sardinia: these include the historic Civitavecchia – Porto Torres – Barcelona connection and other regular lines dedicated to the transport of both freight and passengers, such as Livorno – Olbia and Civitavecchia – Olbia, as well as numerous freight-only services linking Porto Torres with Genoa and Cagliari with Genoa, Livorno, Salerno and Valencia/Sagunto. The new connection between Cagliari and Palermo aims to satisfy the increasingly growing demand for transport between Italy’s major islands.