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Fincantieri Ancona; the last of five sister ships ordered in December 2000.

The ship of 56.000 tons is 702 ft. (214 m) long with a beam of 105 ft. (32 in). It can carry 2,500 cars as well as 2,500 lane m and space for 850 teu. Grande

Buenos Aires joins nine other Grande class vessels already in service on Grimaldi-Naples' established lines Northern/Europe/West Africa and Northern

Europe/South America. Grimaldi Prestige Ferries the

Group's new passenger and car trade name will inau- gurate a new fast service from Civitavecchia to

Barcelona three times a week and Civitavecchia to

Golfo Aranci once a week with the ultra new RoPax

Eurostar Roma a 24.000 ton ferry of 571 ft. (174 m) and a cruising speed of 27 knots able to carry 1,400 passengers, 100 cars and 110 trailers.

Fincantieri To Build Three for Finnlines

Fincantieri and Finnlines, the Finnish shipping company, last month signed a contract to build three RoPax ferries for a total contract value of about $300 million. The order contains options for two additional ships at about $100 million each.

The three ships will be employed by Finnlines to connect

Helsinki and Travemunde (Germany).

Finnlines works mainly in North Europe and the Baltic Sea; as well as its traditional shipping activities (carried out by its fleet of 70 ships), the company also works in the field of port serv- ices (management of terminals, moving goods in ports etc.).

The first vessel will be delivered at the end of 2005, the sec- ond and the third in mid 2006.

The 42,000 gt vessels will sport a loading capacity of 9,300 tons, a maximum length 708.6 ft. (216 m), breadth 100 ft. (30.5 m), height to the upper deck 52. 5 ft. (16 m) and a draft of approximately 23 ft. (7 m), with 225 deluxe cabins. The ships are unique in that they are able to carry up to 500 pas- senger and 300 trucks in 4,200 lane meters, reported to be record figures for a ships of this type. The ships will be equipped with four Wartsila 9L46D engines, capable of provid- ing a total power of 48,000 kW and a service speed of 25 knots.

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Italy: Working Hard to Eradicate

Substandard Ships

Italy ranks number one in Europe for the number of ship inspections, with 2,431 last year, or 37 percent of ships berthed. It also leads in the number of ships stopped, with 392, which were held in port until faults were remedied. In part due to this effort the Italian flag has again been included in the

White List that is the list of countries with the safest ships.

The checks carried out by the coast guard are conducted in accordance with EU directives that provide for 26 percent of all ships calling to be inspected. Called Port State Control, it is the means by which the EU imposes respect for safety at sea and carries out the fight against substandard vessels.

The year 2004 started with two out of six ships stopped. The

M/N Spiros K with Honduras flag is still held in port since

December 30, as the 1,851 ton, 90 m bulk carrier was found to have 33 deficiencies, some of which represented a serious risk for navigation and environmental protection

Pellegrino New MD at

Domenico Pellegrino (35) is the new

Managing Director of MSC Crociere

Italiane. Pellegrino, with a degree in

Political Sciences and a Master in

Economics and Tourism as well as a great deal of professional experience in CIT and Valtur, has been working for

MSC Crociere Italiane since 1995. He has recently been working as Sales

Representative for the Italian market.


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