Aldo Grimaldi, chairman of the Genoa-based Grimaldi Holding and former president of the Italian shipowners’ association Confitarma, has passed away at the age of 96.
Grandson of the shipowner Achille Lauro, he began his own business creating with his other three brothers, Luigi, Mario and Guido, his first shipping company called Fratelli Grimaldi Armatori, first with cargo ships and then passengers, thus constituting the core of what would later become the Grimaldi Group.
Aldo Grimaldi was chairman of Grimaldi Holding, Grandi Navi Veloci, Grandi Traghetti, Gilnavi and a former cover star on our sister title, Maritime CEO magazine. He was also a member of the board of directors of SIAT, the most important Italian insurance company in the maritime field, and was chairman of the Grimaldi Group Consortium, aimed at acquiring and managing port terminals.
In March 1995 he was appointed president of Confitarma and under his presidency the local government started studying a law dedicated to the shipowning which resulted in 1998 in the Italian International Ship Register and in the tonnage tax regime.
Married to Eugenia Massa, he had three children, Giovanni, Isabella and Alessandra, all working on the board of Grimaldi Holding which controls still today a fleet three roro ships.
To read how this doyen of Italian shipping reckoned shipping changed during his lifetime check out our interview from March 2016 by clicking here.