Grandi Navi Veloci puts new orders at GSI on hold
Aponte confirmed his subsidiary company will not proceed at inking the contracts due to high prices
MSC-controlled Grandi Navi Veloci at the moment will not proceed with the order for two ro-pax ferries previously announced at GSI Shipyard in China.
Gianluigi Aponte, chairman of MSC Group, at the annual general meeting of the Italian shipowning association Assarmatori, stated: "I can say that we are still considering the investment. The main issue with the shipyard is the price".
The four ro-pax vessels (plus further four units in options) jointly ordered in China by GNV and Onorato Armatori in 2017 have capacity for 2,500 passengers and crew and offer 3,765 lane metres. The first and third ships should have been delivered to Grandi Navi Veloci, while Onorato (which instead recently confirmed the order) will take delivery of the other two. The first vessel will come into service late in 2021.