Moby to stop its Nice-Bastia connection
The line was not profitable as the French Riviera port is too expensive, and the company is thought to be evaluating the Toulon alternative
After two years since the launching of the Nice-Bastia (Corsica) line, the Italian shipowner Moby confirmed to the French press that from the beginning of next January the service will cease.
Moby France chairman Fabien Paoli explained to the newspaper Nice Matin that they came to this decision for economic reasons, as the connection was unprofitable. In 2017 the company transported 70,000 passengers from the mainland port to Corsica, and almost 100,000 in 2018. “However, in order to cover service costs some 150,000-200,000 passengers would be needed”, Paoli explained.
“In the port of Nice services are much more expensive than those provided in Bastia, or even in Marseilles, Toulon, Savona or Genoa”.
In fact, according to Paoli, being “a much cheaper and more welcoming port”, Toulon could be the next French investment destination for Moby, although the company explained that they left Nice in order to strengthen the connections between Tuscany and Corsica, including the new Piombino-Bastia connection scheduled for the summer 2019.