With experience dating back to 1947, the Grimaldi Group is specialised in the operation of ro-ro vessels, car carriers and ferries. It is a dedicated supplier of integrated logistics services based on maritime transport to the world’s major vehicle manufacturers.
Through its maritime services, the Naplesbased group also transports containers, palletised/unitised cargo and passengers, with a modern fleet of more than 120 ro-ro-multipurpose vessels, pure car carriers and ferries, 30 of which were built in the last five years.
The group’s presence in the maritime transport of vehicles started in 1969 when it introduced a regular service between Italy and England. The group rapidly gained the trust of other major car manufacturers who chose Grimaldi’s vessels to transport their production output from northern Europe to various Mediterranean countries.
The group has rapidly developed over the years and now serves over 120 ports in 50 countries in the Mediterranean Sea, north Europe, west Africa, and North and South America. The shore personnel and crew number nearly 15,000 people.
The Grimaldi Group comprises six main shipping companies, including Atlantic Container Line (ACL), Malta Motorways of the Sea, Finnlines and Minoan Lines. The Finnish company Finnlines runs a fleet of ro-pax and ro-ro vessels in the Baltic Sea and north Europe, while the Greek ferry company Minoan Lines operates a ro-pax service between between Piraeus and Crete, and a high-speed service between Crete and the Cyclades Islands.
The Grimaldi Group has also evolved to become a multimodal transport operator offering ‘door-to-door’ logistics services. For this purpose, it currently operates, together with strategic partners, various car and container terminals totalling over 6m sq.m in the Mediterranean, northern Europe and west Africa as well as trucking companies for the transport of cars and containers.
In recent years, the group has also invested in the development of the ‘Motorways of the Sea’ in the Mediterranean, introducing new and modern ro-pax ferries. Currently, its network covers Italy, Spain, Malta, Montenegro, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya and Greece for the transport of trailers, cars and passengers.
The high-quality services offered by the Grimaldi Group are regularly commended by its international clientele such as General Motors, FCA, Ford, Honda and Land Rover.
Finally, the Grimaldi Group is the first Italian shipping company to have obtained the SMS, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications forsafety, quality and environment. Moreover, the group is also the first shipping company in Italy to be awarded the status of Authorized Economic Operator – Complete (AEO-F).