Onorato to enhance its six-units order portfolio with further three tugboats
Damen gained pole position to be adjudicated the construction of new units on behalf of Moby, thus strengthening Onorato Armatori's new investments
Flensburg (Germany) – As announced by Vincenzo Onorato, while attending a press conference celebrating the launching of the second ro-ro ship under construction at Flensfurger shipyard (to be renamed Maria Grazia Onorato) besides these two units and four ferries ordered Guangzhou Shipyard International-China, Moby-Tirrenia's fleet will be shortly strengthened by deploying three further tugboats built in the Dutch shipyard (probably Damen).
While talking about the Italian and international shipbuilding industry, Naples-native shipowner also unveiled how his group had to turn abroad for the construction of “three new tugboats to be operating in Sardinia ports” where Moby holds towage-service concession.
“The order will be signed by the end of this year” added the manager while also pinpointing that the group has no intention to expand towage business through further takeovers.
The new ships joining Moby group (due to become Tirrenia after the envisaged merger) will be overall nine: two tugboats, two 4,200 linear metres ro-ro units (to be serving the Genoa-Leghorn-Catania line as from early 2019) and the four ferries ordered with Grandi Navi Veloci in China. Unlike former tugboats, the latter six units will be taken over by Onorato Armatori and subsequently chartered out to Tirrenia and Moby.
Managing Director Achille Onorato stated that the German ro-ro units are “the largest and most eco-friendly units in the Mediterranean”, also pinpointing that, in order to comply with regulations on sulphur emissions, to be enforced in 2020, they will be provided with scrubbers.