Grimaldi, the Italy-based parent company of Atlantic Container Line, plans to start a new direct service between the Mediterranean and North America, as soon as the second half of next year or 2014.
In an interview with American Shipper
's editorial staff, Andy Abbott, ACL's chief executive officer, said start-up of the service will depend on when eastbound volume picks up.
He said the service would be oriented toward the roll-on/roll-off trade, though Grimaldi may employ ships that also carry containers.
Abbott noted that Grimaldi is enlarging its fleet.
The October-December issue of the Grimaldi News
, the company's in-house newsletter, noted in addition to five large container/ro-ro ships being built by ACL, Grimaldi has ordered three additional container/ro-ro ships from South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, and purchased six ro/ro ships from the Hong Kong-based shipping company Pacific Basin.
Abbott said Grimaldi would carry automobiles westbound for a company he did not identify.
In March, the weekly on-line shipping magazine Ship 2 Shore
reported that the Trieste-based company Cossutta Transport & Logistics had signed an agreement to "run outbound trade of Fiat cars’ manufactured in Kragujevac, Serbia factory, on account of Grimaldi Naples.
The 500L, manufactured in Servia, was launched this year and Ship 2 Shore
said some 90,000 cars will be delivered through the Port of Bar in Montenegro, with the local port authority targeting 200,000 vehicles in three years. - Chris Dupin