Mario Mattioli, CEO of the Naples-based Cafima group, has been elected the new chairman of the Italian shipowner association Confitarma, succeeding Emanuele Grimaldi.
The election of Mattioli comes after some troubled months for Confitarma, with four major shipping companies deciding to leave the association. MSC-related Grandi Navi Veloci, Evergreen-controlled Italia Marittima, Messina Group and d’Amico Navigazione group left due to Grimaldi’s leadership of the organisation.
Mario Mattioli heads family-owned company Cafima, which operates in the LPG shipping market through Synergas owning 8 gas carriers, the offshore sector via Augusta Offshore which operates 17 OSVs and towage company Capieci which operates a fleet of seven harbour tugs servicing the ports of Messina and Milazzo in Southern Italy.
Giacomo Gavarone, commercial manager of the Rimorchiatori Riuniti Group, has been elected to head the Italian young shipowner group of Confitarma, succeding Andrea Garolla from Med Offshore.