One of the ships that used to operate for Grimaldi Group, Naples, Italy was the 178.09 metres long ro/ro ship FIDES. She used to berth at Dwq 4 using her stern ramp.
She was built in Germany in 1993 by Flender Werft at Lubeck and homeported at Valletta (MLT Flag). She can carry 1,500 cars; 400 TEU’s and ro/ro capacity of 1,000 linear metric tons.
During the late 90’s FIDES brought to Malta the first 3 low floor buses loaded from Tilbury, UK.
On the 2nd December 2014 she was involved in a collision with wooden Italian fishing vessel NIKA in the Adriatic Sea. Provided below is a link from the Marine Safety Investigation Unit of Transport Malta –
Last 20th April, 2019 she was spotted discharging/loading cargo at Savona Port, Italy wearing a blue livery with the colours of Malta Motorways of the Sea (A Ferry Company operating in the Mediterranean between Italy, Spain, Tunisia, Libya and Malta) part of Grimaldi Group.
Grimaldi Group are represented in Malta by Sullivan Maritime Ltd – www.sullivanmaritime.com
Photos by Capt. Lawrence Dalli. Do not use these images without my permission. © All rights reserved. Malta Ship Photos & Action Photos – www.maltashipphotos.com