Stay up to date
Subscribe to DirectFerries email
Loading...
Invalid Email
You have been added to the directferries.co.uk mailing list.
The email address entered already exists

Fantastic voyage GNV eyes Maghreb routes

Date: 03 Jun 2009 00:00 Source: Lloyds List

Genoa based ferry operator Grandi Navi Veloci yesterday signed a contract to take over the Quai Orsetti in the port of Sète as a base for a new range of services between France and the Maghreb, writes John McLaughlin .

GNV managing director Ariodante Valeri said the company was studying connections to Morocco and Algeria in particular, with a view to launching in October.

The deal with Sète marks the end of a long-running search by GNV for a French Mediterranean home for its burgeoning North African business, which it views as a key driver of future growth.

GNV had appeared destined to settle in Marseilles until soaring bunker prices put talks on hold last year. As fuel prices fell and its interest in the project resurfaced, however, Sète emerged as the favourite to be GNV’s French hub.

Mr Valeri cited its good motorway connections, its location between Marseilles and Barcelona, and the Quai Orsetti’s two berths, which can handle the 200 m long vessels it will deploy on the new routes.

He added that GNV’s arrival in Sète would also provide the region with the competition it seeks on the North African routes, which are currently served out of Sète by Comanav Comarit.

The Italian operator has launched a new company, GNV France, with two French partners specialising in cargo and passenger traffic, to handle the operation.

Mr Valeri envisaged further investment in Sète, perhaps via a stake in a future operating company in the port.

He said GNV France would focus on passenger traffic more than cargo as it seeks to build the business, and that vessels such as the 39,800 dwt Excelsior or the 35,222 dwt Fantastic , pictured, would be candidates to operate on the new routes.

More Ferry News from directferries.co.uk

Free flexible fare upgrades with P&O Ferries – save up to £40 return!
Date: 22 January 2015 Source: P&O Ferries

Book a Flexi ticket for the price of an Economy ticket with P&O Ferries this month and save up to £40 on a return ticket to/from Northern Ireland or France with the added benefit of greater flexibility and savings should your plans change.

Short breaks from Dover to France from just £59 return!
Date: 21 January 2015 Source: DFDS Seaways & P&O Ferries

Escape from life’s everyday stresses with a 3 day short break to France with DFDS Seaways or P&O Ferries from just £59 return!

Save up to 20% when you book your Dover France crossing early this year!
Date: 21 January 2015 Source: DFDS Seaways

Book early and save up to 20% on a return ferry crossing to France with DFDS Seaways when you book with directferries.co.uk!

Up to 20% off short breaks to Holland with DFDS Seaways!
Date: 20 January 2015 Source: DFDS Seaways

Take your car to Holland for a short break of up to 5 nights and save up to 20% on your ferry ticket when you book with directferries.co.uk!

Up to 10% off any duration breaks to Holland with DFDS Seaways!
Date: 20 January 2015 Source: DFDS Seaways

If you’re planning a trip to the continent this year then make sure to take advantage of our latest offer with DFDS Seaways and save up to 10% on your ferry ticket when you book with directferries.co.uk!

10% off Ireland – France ferries with Stena Line!
Date: 19 January 2015 Source: Stena Line

Book a ferry ticket between Ireland and France this year with Stena Line and save 10% on your ferry crossing when you travel by car!

Save up to 30% with Grimaldi Lines this summer!
Date: 19 January 2015 Source: Grimaldi Lines

Save up to 30% on Grimaldi Lines ferry crossings this summer when you book with directferries.co.uk!

Save up to 20% on Italy Greece ferries this year!
Date: 16 January 2015 Source: Minoan Lines & Anek Superfast

Book your ferry crossing to Greece with Minoan Lines or Anek Superfast and save up to 20% on your ferry ticket when you book with directferries.co.uk!

Western France from just £118 return with Brittany Ferries!
Date: 13 January 2015 Source: Brittany Ferries

Head across the Channel to France with Brittany Ferries and spend up to 4 days away from just £118 return when 2 people travel by car – that’s just £59 return per person!

Save up to 20% on Condor Ferries tickets when you book early for 2015!
Date: 06 January 2015 Source: Condor Ferries

Book your Condor Ferries ferry crossing and get up to 20% off the standard ticket price when you book with directferries.co.uk!

© Direct Ferries Ltd