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Ports & Logistics

Besides its pure maritime activities, the Group has created a network of about twenty terminals around the world for the handling of rolling cargo, containers and general cargo.

Most of these terminals are veritable logistics platforms, fitted with Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) facilities and workshops. Currently their aggregate operating surface is in excess of 5 million square metres, but the main terminals are all continuously expanding.

The Grimaldi Group operates its own regional hub terminals in Antwerp (Belgium), Civitavecchia (Italy), Salerno (Italy), Barcelona (Spain) and Lagos (Nigeria). Other terminals are located in Esbjerg (Denmark), Cork (Ireland), Valencia (Spain), Monfalcone (Italy), Palermo (Italy), and Alexandria (Egypt). The entire port of Wallhamn has been purchased and is the first wholly privatised Swedish port, while the Unikai Lagerei und Speditionsgesellschaft terminal in Hamburg (Germany) is owned in partnership with Hamburg Harbour and Logistic AG (HHLA), a state-owned company. As for the Baltic Region, Finnlines' subsidiary Finnsteve operates terminals in the Finnish ports of Helsinki and Turku.

With the vehicles' Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) and Fleet personalisation undertaken at the Group's terminals, the final leg of logistics consists mainly of the delivery of cars or containers to the dealers' or importers' depots. At the customer's request, the Group takes responsibility for the first leg of transport as well, from the factory to the port terminal where the vehicles or containers are embarked on the Group's vessels.

Door-to-door logistics services for both containers and cars are supplied in a number of European countries as well as in North America, where the subsidiary ACL owns a fleet of more than 2,700 trailers. As far as Europe is concerned, Grimaldi has created its own road transport logistics companies in Italy, Ireland and Scandinavia in order to satisfy the specific demands of customers in the absence of valid alternatives in terms of quality and efficiency. Some of these companies have been established in partnership with specialised road transport operators.