Mv Europalink, Ro-Pax

The Neapolitan company Grimaldi Group will as from 29th February offer even more transport capacity and comfort on its connections between Italy and Greece, as the company states.

From today the Grimaldi Group will deploy the vessel “Europalink” on the twice-daily Brindisi-Igoumenitsa route.

It is the ro-pax unit (i.e. dedicated to the mixed transport of rolling freight and passengers) with the greatest cargo capacity ever deployed in the Adriatic Sea, the Grimaldi’s statement reads.

The new ship will join another modern ro-pax unit, the “Kydon Palac” on the line where the Grimaldi Group offers two regular daily departures from each of the two ports.

The Italian-flagged “Europalink” can transport 930 passengers and 3,900 linear meters of rolling freight which is equal to 220 trucks.

Compared to the ship “Igoumenitsa” that she will replace on the line, the “Europalink” can transport 20% more passengers and approximately 50% more trucks on each voyage.

Meanwhile, the “Europalink” has 201 cabins (with 632 total beds) of various types (inside, ocean-view and junior suites), all with air conditioning and en suite facilities, some equipped for passengers with reduced mobility.

Emanuele Grimaldi, the Grimaldi Group Managing Director, said that “The introduction of the Europalink on the twice-daily Brindisi-Igoumenitsa ro-pax line represents a new upgrade for an already effective and competitive service, which has become an essential bridge for truly efficient and sustainable transport between Italy and Greece in terms of both economic and environmental aspects.”

“This innovation fits well into our broader investment strategy in Greece which, among other milestones, led us to acquire the majority stake in the Port of Igoumenitsa last year. Overall, our presence will facilitate the realization of the full potential of the Greek port, through the improvement of its services and the use of increasingly larger and more modern ships on the routes that connect it to Italy,” he added.