Genoa - A very positive start to the year in freight traffic towards Sicily and Sardinia for the companies of Onorato Shipowners’ Group. In Sicily the group achieved extraordinary results, with wheeled cargo traffic recording a 20% rise last month. The jump came thanks to Tirrenia Ferries diversified offering of ferry routes to and from the island, in particular thanks to the Genoa-Livorno-Catania route (with a link to Malta), which began operating last November, and that has proven useful for hauliers, along with Tirrenia’s other customary routes, such as Ravenna-Brindisi-Catania, or Napoli-Palermo and Cagliari-Palermo. Extremely significant gains were also seen in related jobs resulting from the company’s Catania link. In this main port of eastern Sicily, many new jobs have, in fact, been created, as well as an ongoing strengthening in the process of consolidation of relations with local stakeholders.
In Sardinia figures were up as well, with freight moved by the companies of the Onorato Group showing a 5 percent increase compared to traffic generated in the month of January. A positive trend that confirms the soundness of last summer’s decision by the firm to boost the links to and from Sardinia, with the entry in service of a new ro-ro ship, the Pietro Manunta. The group’s aim to meet the needs of businesses throughout Italy is once again confirmed by its offer, which is designed with small and medium-sized businesses in mind, helping them unleash their potential with worry-free options from a wide range of links provided by both Moby, and Tirrenia.
“We are pleased with the trend observed in recent months on domestic routes,” said Moby Vice President and freight managing director at Onorato Shipowners, Alessandro Onorato. “We are seeing several companies that are emerging on the market, and wish to continue assisting their growth perspective, so that we’re actually assessing options for further enhancement of our network. We take this opportunity,” he continued, “to announce that a new 3500 linear-metre long vessel with a speed of 27 knots, will begin operations towards the end of spring; we wish also to express our thanks for the trust that transport-sector operators have always shown towards us, and we’d like to renew our commitment to ensuring timely service through a well maintained fleet, which we’ll strive to improve continuously in all port terminals where we operate.”