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16/03/20 11:22

Tunisia suspended all passenger ferries from and to Italy

The last ferry arrived in La Goulette from Palermo on March the 10th: 268 passengers are in quarantine. Also Croatia closed its ports

Following the measures taken last week – when the Tunisian Minister of Health banned passenger ships arriving from the port of Genoa following the disembarkation of a 40-years old man who tested positive for COVID-19, and the Minister of Transports did not release any comment about his decision – the Tunisian government decreed the suspension of any passenger connection from and to Italy.

The last ferry moored on March the 10th in the port of La Goulette (Tunis), coming from Palermo and transporting 268 passengers who are currently in home isolation, monitored by local Health Authorities, as provided for by the general director of the national Observatory of new and emerging diseases Nissaf Ben Alaya.

In fact, Tunisia followed in the steps of Albania and Malta, which suspended all maritime connections with Italy. Cancellations concern the services operated by Grimaldi Group, Grandi Navi Veloci and Cotunav, the shipping company of the Tunisian Government providing a weekly connection between Genoa and Tunis. The measure will remain in force until April the 4th and it does not concern freight transports, which will not be suspended: Grimaldi Group will continue to operate its connection with Tunis with its ro/pax ship Catania (twice-weekly from Salerno, twice-weekly from Palermo and weekly from Civitavecchia) to transport rolling cargoes without embarking passengers or drivers.

Similarly, the Croatian state shipping company Jarolinija suspended the ferry line connecting Ancona to Split. On the same route, also SNAV suspended connections until April the 6th.