Moby Lines

Moby Lines (Moby Lines S.p.A.) is an Italian shipping company that operates ferries and cruiseferries between the Italian or French mainland and the islands of Elba, Sardinia and Corsica. The company was founded in 1959 under the name Navigazione Arcipelago Maddalenino (NAVARMA for short).

Moby S.p.A.
IndustryPassenger transportation, Freight transportation
HeadquartersMilan, Italy
Area served
Italy, France, Corsica, Sardinia
Key people
Vincenzo Onorato, Chairman

In 2006 Moby Lines purchased Lloyd Sardegna. The company is known for using Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters as the external livery of its ships.


NAVARMA was founded in 1959 by Achille Onorato, and started traffic from Sardinia to the islands on coast of Sardinia with the small ferry M/S Maria Maddalena purchased from Denmark. In February 1966 NAVARMA purchased a second ferry, M/S Bonaficio, and started service between Sardinia and Corsica. The company slowly expanded, purchasing another ferry in 1967 and taking delivery of two newbuilds in 1974 and 1981. With the larger fleet, new routes to the Italian mainland were also introduced.

In 1982 the company acquired M/S Free Enterprise II from Townsend Thoresen, renamed her M/S Moby Blu and painted her in the "blue whale" livery that later came to characterise Moby Lines (the company name still remained NAVARMA at this point). The Moby Blu was over twice the size of NAVARMA's previously largest ship. By 1988 four additional larger ferries (all with Moby-prefixed names) had joined by NAVARMA fleet and additional routes to the Italian mainland were opened.

In 1991 one of the ferries of the fleet, the Moby Prince, was involved in the worst disaster in the Italian merchant navy since World War II.

During the early 1990s NAVARMA acquired further used ferries, which replaced the Moby ferries acquired in the 1980s. During the same time "Moby Lines" was adopted as the official company name. From 1996 onwards the company fleet has grown radically with addition of new, larger and faster tonnage, including the newbuilt fast cruiseferries Moby Wonder, Moby Freedom and Moby Aki. Around 2003 Moby Lines entered an agreement with Warner Bros. to paint their vessels in liveries featuring Looney Tunes characters. However, only the larger ships have such liveries, the company's smaller ships either have similar graphics not featuring the Looney Tunes characters, or simply the Moby Lines' whale logo.


Current fleet

ShipFlagBuiltEntered serviceRouteGross tonnageLengthWidthPassengersVehiclesKnots
MS Bastia19741974Santa Teresa di GalluraBonifacio1,936 GT75 m13 m40010018
MS Giraglia19811981Piombino - Cavo (Elba)2,041 GT75 m13 m40010018
MS Moby Ale19691990PiombinoPortoferraio3,937 GT93 m16 m80016019.5
MS Moby Vincent19741990Livorno—Bastia12,108 GT120 m22 m1,60057017.5
MS Moby Baby19661996Piombino—Portoferraio4,016 GT101 m18 m1,10010019
MS Moby Love19751998Piombino—Portoferraio4,649 GT115 m19 m1,20025021
MS Moby Lally19742000Piombino—Portoferraio8,570 GT119 m19 m1,15030017.5
MS Moby Drea 19752003Livorno—Olbia
22,528 GT185 m27 m1,90050027
MS Moby Otta19762006Genoa—Olbia22,528 GT185 m27 m1,90050027
MS Moby Tommy20022007Civitavecchia—Olbia28,915 GT212 m25 m2,2001,00030
MS Moby Aki20052005LivornoOlbia
36,284 GT175 m27 m2,20075029
MS Moby Wonder20012001Livorno—Olbia36,093 GT175 m27 m2,20075029
MS Moby Corse19782010GenoaBastia19,321 GT152 m25 m1,20045021
MS Moby Zazà19822015NiceBastia21,699 GT153.4 m24.24 m1,85032520
MS Moby Dada19812016NiceBastia25,905 GT166.1 m28.5 m1,76030522
MS Princess Anastasia19862017St PetersburgHelsinkiTallinnStockholm37,799 GT177.1 m28.4 m2,50058022


Further reading

  • Seville, Richard (2009). Mediterranean Ferries. Ramsey, Isle of Man: Ferry Publications. ISBN 9781871947984.
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