Pulling truckers to sea

Despite the economic downturn hitting Spain and Portugal hard, Grimaldi has increased its ferry, shortsea and car carrier capacity serving the Iberian peninsula. In February, the operator launched a new service between Barcelona and Porto Torres in Sardinia, linking into its service to Civitavecchia in Italy for ro-ro and passengers, deploying newer and larger tonnage. The acquisition of Minoan Lines has also allowed Grimaldi to introduce through-ticketing between Barcelona and Patras/Igoumenitsa.