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From Shipping to Integrated Logistics

In the mid-1990s, the brothers Guido, Mario and Aldo Grimaldi decided to part company and set up two separate entities: Grimaldi Genova, owned and managed by Mario and Aldo, and Grimaldi Napoli, corresponding to today's Grimaldi Group, owned and headed by Gianluca and Emanuele, and their brother-in-law Diego Pacella.

The Grimaldi Group has since continued the strategy of expanding its maritime services as part of a plan to provide worldwide logistics with a strong maritime base. From 2000 up to nowadays the fleet owned directly or through subsidiaries has nearly quadrupled in size from 36 to more than 120 vessels.

The Group has also launched a process to develop its logistics chain by investing hundreds of millions of euros in port terminals in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and West Africa, as well as creating road transport companies for the distribution of vehicles in some European countries, while the subsidiary Atlantic Container Line operates a fleet of more than 2,700 trailers in North America.

Such a powerful fleet is the core of a vertically integrated logistics chain which numbers sixteen port terminals plus several road and rail shipping companies.

At the same time, while building its own international network of port terminals, since 2001 the Group has completed a number of strategic acquisitions and taken shareholdings in major shipping companies with the aim of strengthening its leading position in the Ro/Ro business while building an extensive network of Motorways of the Sea around Europe, both in the Mediterranean and in the Baltic Sea, in line with the European Union's effort to remove freight from the congested road network.

In 2008, the Group acquired the majority stake in Minoan Lines, the leading Greek Ferry and Ro/Ro operator. Minoan was listed on the Athens Stock Exchange and operates its own fleet on domestic routes. Prior to this, in 2006, the Group gained control of Finnlines, the leading operator in the North Sea and Baltic Sea. Previously listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange, Finnlines offers freight and passenger services in a geographical area that has the highest economic growth in Europe.

The Group's shoreside and shipboard staff currently total about 15,500. Every week, the Grimaldi Group's ships call at more than 120 ports in the Mediterranean and Baltic regions as well as in Northern Europe, West Africa, and North and South America, thus contributing to the economic development of many countries.

This is made possible through the application of cutting-edge technology and attention to detail in every field of the business and thanks to one of the youngest, most modern and environmentally friendly fleets in the world, while substantial resources are invested in training and education. The Group complies with ISO 9002 quality standards and is ISO 14001 environmentally certified.