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THE GRIMALDI GROUP LAID THE FOUNDATION STONE FOR THE NEW TERMINAL IN THE PORT OF BARCELONA

Naples, 15th January 2013. Yesterday 14th January, the ceremony for the laying of the foundation stone of the new Grimaldi Group terminal was held at the Muelle Costa in the port of Barcelona. Thanks to this investment, the Italian shipping group consolidates its strong commitment in making Barcelona the epicentre of its short sea services in the Western Mediterranean.

The ceremony was attended by various authorities including Santi Vila, Director for Territory and Sustainability of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Sixte Cambra, President of Barcelona Port Authority, Guido Grimaldi, Corporate Commercial Truck & Trailer Director of the Grimaldi Group, as well as Mario Massarotti, Managing Director of Grimaldi Logistica Espaňa.

The Grimaldi Group has been awarded a concession of 15 years renewable for another seven by the Barcelona Port Authority for the management of the new Terminal at Muelle Costa. Guido Grimaldi said that this investment "demonstrates the aim of the Group to offer high quality services according to the needs of our customers. Our goal is to further enhance our wide network of motorways of the sea, strengthening the role of Barcelona as a strategic port for freight and passengers services offered by the Grimaldi Group."

The new terminal, called Grimaldi Terminal Barcelona, will have a total area of 63,000 square metres and will be fully equipped for the handling of freight and passengers. Storage facilities will be foreseen for freight, particularly for cars, vans, trucks and other rolling equipment. A three-level building with a total surface of 3,750 square metres will be dedicated to offices, a shopping area, a restaurant and a conference room. The passenger terminal will be able to handle 1,800 passengers boarding and 1,800 disembarking at the same time, also thanks to a footbridge with three fingers for the access of passengers from the terminal directly into the ships.

The new terminal will accommodate the passenger and freight transport services offered by the Grimaldi Group as well as those offered by others maritime operators. The Grimaldi Group currently connects daily Barcelona with Civitavecchia (Rome) with the deployment of the two cruise ferries Cruise Roma and Cruise Barcelona (an extra daily call at Porto Torres, Sardinia, is offered during the summer period). The Group also offers a weekly service for passengers and freight to the ports of Livorno and Tangier and a three-times-a-week service to Livorno and Savona for freight only.

For further information:
Grimaldi Group, External Relations: Paul Kyprianou Ph:+39 081/496246 Mail: kyprianou.paul@grimaldi.napoli.it



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