Grimaldi Holding's Energia will be operating one more year on behalf of DFDS
The Danish company has extended charter contract for the ro-pax built at Nuovi Cantieri Apuania to November 2019
Ro-pax Energia, owned by Grimaldi Holding, company founded and helmed by Aldo Grimaldi, doyen of shipowners, will still be operating, for at least one more year, on behalf of DFDS, Danish shipping company which repeatedly showed appreciating the 'Coraggio' series, ordered by Grimaldi at Nuovi Cantieri Apuania between 2007 and 2010.
The Energia (built in 2011; 2,500 linear metres and 1,000 passengers) has been deployed under charter contract by DFDS since 2011 as Regina Seaways (flying the Lithuania flag) and will still be operating on their behalf until November 2019: after the contract will expire (it might be renewed as already occurred in the past) the Northern Europe-based shipping company could also exert the existing buying option.
Grimaldi Holding announced contract renewal, submitting Genoa Harbour Masters a formal document asking to “renew the temporary suspension of operation and authorization to flying the Italian flag”, already existing pursuant to current contract expiring on November 2nd, 2018, for having renewed “bare boat charter contract with a EU company up to November 1st, 2019 (namely DFDS; Ed)”.
By this deadline, DFDS will have to determine whether asking Grimaldi Holding a further charter renewal, exerting buying option or handing the ship over to shipowner.
The Energia is one of the three ships of the 'Coraggio' series, encompassing overall 8 ro-pax units, still owned by Grimaldi Holding: along with the Forza and Tenacia, both chartered out to Spanish Trasmediterranea.
The left 5 ferries originally commissioned NCA by Aldo Grimaldi have been progressively sold third parties: the last unit which changed ownerships was in fact the Coraggio, actually purchased for 40 million Euro by DFDS in June 2016.