Grimaldi launches a new ro-pax line between Naples and Palermo

The Grimaldi Group is expanding its offer of maritime links between mainland southern Italy and Sicily with the launch of the new Naples-Palermo service for the transport of passengers and freight. From next Monday, October 17, the modern ro-pax ship Cruise Ausonia will be deployed on the new tri-weekly line, guaranteeing a regular service with high potential for both the tourism sector and the transport of goods, according to the press release from the company.

The Cruise Ausonia is a modern unit capable of carrying up to 1,820 passengers and 1,920 linear meters of rolling cargo (cars, vans, trucks, trailers, etc.). It is equipped with 192 cabins of different types (interior, sea view, superior class), all air-conditioned and equipped with private bathrooms, some equipped for passengers with reduced mobility. Other facilities on board include a comfortable lounge with reclining seats, self-service and à la carte restaurants, cafeterias, an outdoor swimming pool with solarium and a children’s play area.

The Cruise Ausonia also features state-of-the-art on-board technologies that improve its performance while reducing its environmental impact. Its hull is coated with special silicone paints that optimize its hydrodynamic efficiency without releasing biocides into the sea. The ship’s innovative propulsion system has been optimized for the new route while the exhaust gas cleaning system allows reduce sulfur and particulate emissions, so that their level is well below the limits in force. Finally, the ballast water treatment system installed on board complies with the latest international standards.

As part of the new tri-weekly service, the Grimaldi Group will offer evening departures (8.30 p.m.) every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Naples and every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Palermo, with arrival at the port of destination the following morning (6.30 a.m. ). In addition, the frequency of the line will double during the summer season, with up to six departures per week from the two ports.

Sicily is at the center of an extensive network of regular maritime connections that the Grimaldi Group has built and considerably improved in recent years, offering connections not only with the rest of Italy but also with other regions of the Mediterranean. Some of these links, like the new Naples-Palermo service, are dedicated to the combined transport of goods and passengers: these are the Livorno-Palermo, Naples-Cagliari-Palermo, Civitavecchia-Salerno-Palermo-Tunis lines. For the exclusive transport of goods, the Group offers the services Genoa-Salerno-Palermo, Ravenna-Brindisi-Catania, Salerno-Catania and Genoa-Livorno-Catania-Malta.

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