Onorato said no (by now) to a third ro-ro unit from Flensburger shipyard
Moby and Toremar are expected to experience more competition on the Elba-Piombino route as BluNavy will cover the line also during winter
German financially troubled shipyard Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft has just completed and delivered a vessel renamed Leevsteen, which is the seventh ro-ro ship handed over to SIEM. Several media reported recently that Fratelli Onorato could be the charterer of this unit (since the fifth and the sixth, respectively renamed Alf Pollak and Maria Grazia Onorato had been bare boat chartered to the Vincenzo Onorato-controlled company) but other sources in Italy deny this possibility even if some negotiations were effectively ongoing in the recent past and the light blue coloured funnel of the vessel may be a clear sign of that.
The main parameters of the new ro-ro ferry are as follow: length 209.79 m, width 26.00 m, capacity 11,900 t, draft 6.45 m, gross tonnage 32,887, track metres 4,076, main engine 2 x MAN 8L48/60CR. The eighth vessel for Siem will be launched at the end of October at the same shipyard based in Flensburg.
In Italy the Genoa-based ferry company Blu Navy confirmed to that from next November it is going to extend its maritime link between the port of Piombino and the Elba island which will be operated also during the winter season. The small ferries Acciarello and Ichnusa will be the units deployed on the route. This choice will result in a more competitive scenario for Moby and Toremar from November to March, when traditionally the two companies both owned by Moby group were used to operate passenger and cargo transport services in a monopolistic condition.