Naples - Grimaldi Lines, after closing 2020 with revenues down by 400 million but with a positive result, has great expansion plans. The CEO Emanuele Grimaldi told the Italian newspapers La Stampa and Il Secolo XIX.
“We will order six multipurpose ships for the transport of cars, tractors, trucks and containers. We are in the process of negotiating with some Asian shipyards. Italian shipyards have no interest in building this type of ship: they are concentrated on military and passenger ships”.
Regarding the privatization of Greek ports, Grimaldi said: "We are very interested in the port of Heraklion, where our company Minoan is based: it is a port that we consider strategic, from here we make 700 trips a year. But we are also interested in Igoumenitsa ".Grimaldi also confirmed his interest in finding a terminal in Genoa: "We want to invest both in the logistics sector and in the motorways of the sea".
Grimaldi's plans are ambitious. "We are ready to acquire companies. Obviously, to buy, you need the seller, and today the situation is difficult. There are all the economic conditions, because there are companies that only have debts. And I am not referring to anyone in particular: at least four large shipowners operating in the Mediterranean have debts on their stomach that are worth twice as much as the company. The real question is: when will banks and institutions stop competing unfairly with healthy shipowners by giving money to those who will never be able to repay it? Unfair competition can be used as a refreshment. The refreshment must be distributed to the categories, to all those who employ people and are unable to work ".