The maritime services of the Grimaldi Group between Italy and Greece will be enhanced next summer with the launch of a new line, according to a recent announcement. As of 6 July 2015, a new regular line, connecting the ports of Brindisi, Igoumenitsa and the island of Corfu, will be launched.
The new service will run in addition to the one already offered throughout the year by the Neapolitan group between the ports of Brindisi, Igoumenitsa and Patras, operated by the two modern ferries “Euroferry Olympia” and “Euroferry Brindisi”.
The new Brindisi-Igoumenitsa-Corfu service will be offered by deploying a third vessel, the modern ferry “Catania”. With a length of 186 meters and a gross tonnage of 26,000 tons, the “Catania” is able to transport 2,250 linear meters of rolling cargo, 1,000 passengers and 170 cars.
The frequency of the service between Brindisi and Corfu will be four times a week with departures from the Apulian port on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 12 am and arrival in Corfu at 7 pm. The voyage back to Brindisi is scheduled at 11:59 pm, with arrival the day after at 8 am.
In order to satisfy the summer tourist demand, from 27 July until the end of August, the service will become daily, thus increasing the overall capacity for freight and passengers. (The departure and arrival times will be the same as listed above.)
With the deployment of the vessel “Catania”, seven new weekly departures from Brindisi to Igoumenitsa and vice versa will also be offered. The departure from the Apulian port will be daily at 12 am, arriving in Igoumenitsa on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 8 pm while the rest of the week at 9 pm. The departure from Igoumenitsa to Brindisi is scheduled daily at 10 pm, arriving in Brindisi the day after at 8 am on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and at 6 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
With the new Brindisi-Igoumenitsa-Corfu service, the Grimaldi Group strengthens its presence in Brindisi, by offering during next summer season as many as 14 weekly departures to Igoumenitsa, seven to Patras, four and then seven to Corfu, thus making the Apulian port the first one in the Southern Adriatic in terms of number of connections to Greece.