New ferry lines between Barcelona and the Balearic Islands

La Ciudad de Palma Credit: Z Thomas CC

An Italian shipping company has set up new routes to link Barcelona to the Balearic Islands.

Grandi Navi Veloci’s first ship that sailed the daily route was the GNV bridge yesterday, July 6, bound for Palma in Mallorca. The ship will also operate a connection between Palma and Ibiza three times a week.

The ferry has the capacity to carry 1,000 passengers, 2,564 linear meters of garage space and can reach speeds of 24 knots. It also has a restaurant, a buffet and 157 cabins, according to Catalan News.

This new ferry line coincides with the official debut of the former Minister of the Territory, Damia Calvet, as the new president of the port authority. “We welcome the commitment to strengthen relations with the Balearic Islands,” Calvet said.

The new routes, announced in April, will focus on freight transport. Calvet underlined the strong historical link between Catalonia and the Balearic Islands which is not only a relation based on tourism but also on the trade of goods.

GNV CEO Matteo Catani said the new company is “important” for the company in the face of “stronger competitors”.

However, he went on to say that the connection between the Balearic Islands and the peninsula is also “a constantly expanding market, which needs more transport”.

The company operates routes between Barcelona – Mahon (Menorca), Barcelona – Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona – Ibiza, Valencia – Mahon, Valencia – Palma de Mallorca and Valencia – Ibiza and plans to increase the supply to meet the demand of the Marlet.

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