Attica Group announced last week that it is planning to include two new ships to its fleet while its subsidiary Superfast Ferries celebrates two very active decades sailing Greek and Italian waters with the addition of new destinations in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and North America.
“After 20 years of travel experience, having transferred more than 12 million passengers, 2.5 million trucks and 2.5 million private vehicles in the Adriatic, Baltic and North Sea, Superfast Ferries sets sail for the next 20 years, aiming to add new destinations and new ships, while offering high quality services,” Attica Group CEO Spiros Paschalis said at a press conference on Friday.
Athens-based Attica Group, part of the Marfin Investment Group, is the parent company of Superfast Ferries and Blue Star Ferries, with 13 ships serving connections between Greece and Italy in the Adriatic Sea and between mainland Greece and the Cycladic, Dodecanese islands and Crete.
Mr Paschalis said the company was moving ahead with its long-term expansion program and looking forward to improving economic and political conditions in Greece, so as to proceed with implementation.
Referring to the subject of the privatization of Greek ports, Mr Paschalis said that most of the country’s ports with few exceptions have not made serious investments to upgrade, there are no passenger stations and piers are usually in poor condition, and added that in cases of projects being implemented rarely are ship captains involved in the planning, which results in poorly designed and dysfunctional facilities.
The first Superfast ship set sail for Ancona in 1995 from the port of Patras changing sea connections by reducing the duration of the trip to 20 hours from 36.