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Grimaldi launches a new service Genova-Valencia

Naples, 21st November 2011 - The Grimaldi Group continues its policy of expanding and strengthening its Motorways of the Sea network announcing an innovative initiative: as from the 22nd of November the Neapolitan Group, which has been offering regular three-times-a-week services between the ports of Salerno, Cagliari, Livorno and Valencia for over 10 years, will launch a new maritime link dedicated to the transport of rolling freight between the ports of Genoa and Valencia, Spain.
The new line will have a three-times-a-week frequency both ways: departures from Genoa will be every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 5 a.m., while departures from Valencia will be every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Genoa-Valencia route will be served by the two modern ro/ro vessels "Eurocargo Valencia" and "Craig Side", each able to transport 1,600 trailers per week both ways, together with 72 trucks and 1,500 cars.
The transit-time of the new Motorway of the Sea will be about 24 hours, thus avoiding not only the congestion of a road route of over 1,300 kilometers, but also by ensuring fuel efficiency, regularity and punctuality of delivery. Moreover, the port of Valencia is considered the natural port of Madrid as it is located only 350 km from the Spanish capital.
With the launch of this new link, the Grimaldi Group consolidates and expands its network of maritime services between Italy and Spain: the new motorway of the sea will be added to those already existing between Livorno, Civitavecchia, Salerno, Cagliari, Porto Torres and the ports of Barcelona and Valencia.
"The launch of the new maritime link Genoa-Valencia shows our commitment in further strengthening our network of motorways of the sea in the Mediterranean. - states Emanuele Grimaldi, Managing Director of the Grimaldi Group- "The beneficiaries will not be only the logistics companies of the Milan-Turin-Genoa industrial triangle, but also companies that operate beyond the boundaries of Italy and Northern Europe, which will have a direct, efficient and regular connection with Valencia, the main gateway to and from south-central Spain and Portugal." concludes Emanuele Grimaldi.

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The Grimaldi Group operates a fleet of more than 100 ships and is a world leading operator in the transport of cars and ro/ro cargo. Established in 1947, the Group is headquartered in Naples and has about 8,000 employees. In 2010, it registered a turnover of 2.3 billion and transported about 2.8 million cars, 1.4 million trailers and TEUs and more than 2.7 million passengers. In the passenger sector, the Group controls Finnlines, leader in ro/ro transport in the Baltic Sea and Minoan Lines, the Greek ferry operator leader in the Adriatic Sea and on the route between Piraeus and Crete.


For further information:

Grimaldi Group, External Relations: Paul Kyprianou 081/496246 kyprianou.paul@grimaldi.napoli.it



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