Founding Members

Port of Barcelona

The Port of Barcelona is the main transport and service infrastructure in Spain. Its area of influence stretches throughout the Mediterranean, into Southern and Central Europe and North Africa.

As part of its ambitious enlargement project, the Port of Barcelona has made a firm commitment to Short Sea Shipping by building new terminals, adapting and improving its infrastructures and access, and bringing new lines into service, therewith publicising them among operators.

Since 2004, the Business Development Management – Customer Service Department (SAC in its Catalan abbreviation), which channels training and promotional activities, has been organising specific course-workshops to bring the reality of Short Sea Shipping closer to its potential users. This was the origin of the project.

You can find out more at the Port of Barcelona’s website:

Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Centro Settentrionale

Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Centro Settentrionale represents the network comprising the main ports of the Lazio Region: the Ports of Civitavecchia, Fiumicino and Gaeta. It was set up to distribute resources in order to promote maritime transport in Lazio.

The three ports have an influence on the economic development of Lazio, although the Port of Civitavecchia is most important in terms of goods and passenger traffic.

You can find out more at:

Port of Genoa

Genoa is the natural sea port for northern Italy’s most industrialised area and the ideal location to serve its industrial sector as well as other European consumer markets.

The Port of Genoa covers a total area of about 7 million square metres and extends uninterrupted for 20 kilometres along a coastal strip protected by breakwaters and 13 terminals with connections to road and railway networks.

The Port of Genoa has different Short Sea Shipping lines linking it with Spanish Ports such as Barcelona and Valencia.

You can find out more at the Port of Genoa’s website:

Grimaldi Group

The Grimaldi Group, founded in 1945, is a specialist in roll on/roll off shipping. It currently owns one of the largest fleets of Ro/Ro multipurpose and car carrier vessels in the world.

The Grimaldi Group offers services all over the world, but is highly specialised in the services plying the Mediterranean. The Group’s premium service is Short Sea Shipping, connecting different Italian cities with Barcelona, Valencia, Tunis, Toulon (France) or Malta, embracing the South-West Mediterranean Maritime Highway.

The company began running a daily SSS service between Barcelona and Civitavecchia in April 2004.

Grimaldi Group Naples has participated jointly with the Port Authority of Barcelona and Port of Civitavecchia in organising the pilot courses that were held on the vessels that the company operates for their Short Sea Shipping service.

You can find out more at the Grimaldi Group’s website:


GNV was founded in 1992 as a result of the decision to introduce new concept ships, that would be able to meet the combined demands of the rapid transport of passengers, vehicles and goods in the Mediterranean.

The company currently offers Short Sea Shipping services linking Genoa, Livorno and Rome with 6 different cities of Spain, as well as with Malta and Tunis, consolidating it as a reference in commercial operators in the Mediterranean.

The company has been running a SSS service between Genoa and Barcelona since 1998.

You can find out more at the Grandi Navi Veloci’s website:


Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mare di Sicilia Occidentale

Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mare di Sicilia Occidentale

The Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mare di Sicilia Occidentale manages and coordinates the ports of Palermo, Termini Imerese, Trapani and Porto Empedocle, Licata and Gela, which together constitute a central node of the Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor, a multimodal infrastructure framework that re-centralises the Mezzogiorno as a Euro-Mediterranean logistics platform.

You can find out more at the Autorità di Sistema portuale del Mare di Sicilia Occidentale website: