At a difficult time like the one we are going through, the Port Network Authority has taken action to ensure regional continuity between Piombino and the Island of Elba, in particular with the ports of Portoferraio, Rio and Cavo.
Since yesterday evening, after the Coordination Board meeting convened by the President of the Port Network Authority, Stefano Corsini, the Head of Piombino Port Territorial Office , Claudio Capuano, has been discussing with the Moby, Toremar and Blue Navy shipping companies how to “find the key” and try to solve a two-fold problem: how to meet the needs of the companies that, as a result of the Prime Minister’s Legislative Decree of 10thMarch, have been induced to reduce the number of daily services between the mainland and the island, and how to ensure the possibility of finding a ferry on time throughout the day for passengers who are forced to travel.
It is well known that, in order to cope with the emergency, Moby opted to suspend services from Piombino to Portoferraio and Toremar has re-scheduled its daily services reducing the number of calls from 9 to 6 in both destinations (Piombino and Portoferraio).
As a result of the constructive collaboration between the Port Authority and these Shipping Companies, this morning a reorganization of scheduled services until April 3rd was commonly agreed upon.
In particular, Blue Navy’s vessels will continue to offer three departures a day from Monday to Friday, reducing them to two at weekends, but will reschedule them so as to cover the gaps caused by Moby suppressing its sailings and the re-scheduling/reduction of Toremar services.
“We are going through a difficult time – said Blue Navy’s CEO, Aldo Negri – “Seeing ourselves as an Elban company we believed we had to make an effort to respond to the needs of the area and Elba Island. We are happy to do it and we believe it’s our duty to do so”.
At the same time, the Port Network Authority also succeeded in getting Piombino’s Passenger terminal’s catering facility to remain open every day from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. (having to close in compliance with the regulations) to guarantee ferry passengers essential services. The cafe in Rio marina will also remain open for catering and beverage services.
“We are satisfied” – said the mayor of Portoferraio, Angelo Zini – “I thank Blue Navy and the Port Network Authority for their efforts. In particular, we wanted two aspects to be safeguarded: the commuting needs of hospital staff working shifts and the provision of basic necessities. Thanks to the re-scheduling of Blue Navy’s time slots we have achieved a good result.”