Passion, competence, professionalism, quality.
The story of Liberty Lines is born and continues on all this.
The beginning of Liberty Lines
Vittorio Morace is a Neapolitan ship-owner who has sailed the seas of half of the world. In 1993 he decided to embark on an ambitious project for maritime passenger transport using high-speed vessels. He choose Trapani, in the heart of the Mediterranean, as the seat of his new company and on the 2nd December, Ustica Lines was created. The island of Ustica, in fact, was the very first destination. But the name was also a way of conveying the corporate mission: to unite the lands bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
The company grew quickly, both in terms of the fleet and of the routes. The new routes Lampedusa-Linosa and later Trapani-Aegadian Islands were added to the existing ones of Naples-Ustica-Favignana-Trapani and Trapani-Pantelleria-Kelibia. Ustica began to win European tenders and acquired a 33 percent share in Cantiere Navale Rodriquez, a shipyard in Messina, where they subsequently built five HSC hydrofoils.
Passion and Professionalism
The Canary Islands announced the first worldwide tender for high-speed passenger transport, and Ustica Lines won it. In the same year the company won the European tender, called by the Sicilian Region, for connections between the Aegadian Islands and Ustica, and for the Pantelleria-Trapani route. Routes between the Pelagie Islands were launched and, after the acquisition of the Snav fleet used in the Aeolian Islands, the company also introduced connections between Messina, Milazzo, Palermo and Naples. Together with RFI Spa (with whom they had established the Consortium Metromare dello Stretto), Ustica Lines won the Ministry of Transport tender for the high-speed maritime passenger transport route between Messina, Reggio Calabria and Villa San Giovanni.
Quality and Safety
Through its subsidiary Trieste Lines, Vittorio Morace’s company also won the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region tender for connections to the Istrian peninsula.
In the same year Ustica Lines obtained two important certifications: the first was the UNI EN ISO 9001: 2008 certificate of quality for information processing, reservations and ticketing; the second came under health and safety in the workplace and on board the vessels (OHSAS 18001/2007).
From Ustica Lines to Liberty Lines
This was an important and very busy year. Ustica Lines acquired Siremar-Compagnia delle Isole and 50.9% of the share capital of Traghetti delle Isole, the shipping company operating between the smaller islands of western Sicily. The exponential growth (new connections with Greece were unveiled on a Otranto-Corfu-Paxi route) led the company to change its name to “Liberty Lines”, which encompasses a sense of expansion, without forgetting tradition. Liberty, in fact, was the name of the first vessel that started Vittorio Morace’s professional journey. In the same year they built a boatyard in Trapani run by a highly skilled team of engineers, technicians and workers, where the vessels are maintained. The world’s largest hydrofoil was also built there, the only example in history of a Super Admiral 350.
The success of Liberty Lines
Liberty Lines has a fleet of 32 hydrofoils and it is the largest high-speed maritime passenger transport company in the world. The facts speak of its success: more than 3.5 million passengers a year, a million miles travelled, 100,000 departures recorded in 2016, a presence at 33 national and international ports, and a team of 650 employees consisting of both administrative personnel and seamen. Commitment, reliability and daily sacrifice are at the basis of everything. Liberty Lines is ready for the challenges of the future.
Our fleet consists of 32 high-speed units made up of hydrofoils, catamarans and single-hulled vessels. Our high-speed vessels are subjected to strict preventive maintenance and periodic security controls. They are always at the cutting edge and, thanks to continuous investment in research and development, they offer high levels of safety and comfort. Thanks also to this Liberty Lines can boast of being the sector leader in high-speed passenger transport, with 100,000 departures and more than a million miles travelled.