Grimaldi Group has launched nine new "motorways of the sea" services linking Italy to Spain, Tunisia and Malta.
The Italian ferry and ro-ro owner will deploy traditional ferries and modern cruise ferries to carry freight and passengers on the new routes. The services begin in late January.Two of the new services will use a pair of modern ropax cruise ferries, the 54,300-gt Cruise Roma and Cruise Barcelona. The 1,200-passenger, 31,700-gt ropax Eurostar Barcelona will travel weekly between Civitavecchia and Trapani, Sicily. It also will make weekly trips between Trapani and Tunis. Under the motorway of the seas initiative, existing services will see improvements of their service, Naples-based Grimaldi says.
Naples-based Grimaldi Group operates 127 ships, and it controls Finnlines and Minoan Lines.