Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV), which is part of MSC Group, has converted its ferry Splendid into a floating hospital to assist patients with Covid-19 and those convalescing in Italy’s hard-hit Liguria region.
GNV started working on the project together with classification society RINA in early March, in coordination with Italy’s Liguria Health System and Civil Protection. The vessel can be quickly adapted to meet future needs of the region as the Covid-19 emergency evolves.
Stationed at Ponte Colombo in Genoa’s Ferry Terminal, Splendid currently offers 25 beds in single cabins, although it is possible to equip additional cabins up to a total of 400 beds. The floating hospital also features a heliport and dedicated areas for healthcare personnel and crew.