Grimaldi polishes up MEX service
The Italy-based Grimaldi Group is further enhancing its Mediterranean express service (MEX) with the deployment of an additional vessel, which regularly links the Mediterranean to West Africa.
The vessel "Grande Ghana" joins the three other units, two of which are "Repubblica" class, that operate the service. The "Grande" class ro-ro multipurpose vessels each have a cargo capacity of 2,000 cars/vans, 2,000 linear metres of rolling cargo and 800 teu, and are equipped with two cranes with a 40 t lifting capacity on the weather deck.
The 210 m long "Repubblica" ro-ro multipurpose vessels have a gross tonnage of about 52,000 t. Each one is able to carry 2,400 linear metres of rolling cargo, 700 cars/vans and 600 teu.
Launched in 2010, the MEX service is dedicated to the transport of rolling cargo, containers and project cargo, directly linking the ports of Valencia, Marseilles, Genoa, Livorno and Salerno with Casablanca (Morocco), Dakar (Senegal), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Lagos (Nigeria), Cotonou (Benin) and Lome (Togo).
Thanks to the deployment of the new unit, the MEX service's cargo capacity increases by 30%, both for containers and rolling cargo. Furthermore, the frequency has been shortened from 14 to eleven days.