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CTN (“Compagnie Tunisienne de Navigation) was created in 1959 in order create to new regular routes for Tunisia and its business partners. The first cargo route was established with Marseille; later on, connections with Italy and Spain were added.
The first ferry boat service was created during the middle of 1970: it worked on weekly basis and sailed on the route Tunis – Marseille – Genoa.
In the last few years, CTN renewed its fleet, changing the oldest ferry boats; this change was made also to contrast the strong competition of this sector. In June 1999, the new ferryboat ”Carthage” sail for its maiden voyage starting from the port of La Goulette; then, in May 2012, CTN introduces its newest ship, called Tanit, used on the route Tunis – Genoa – Marseille.
Tanit, the new ferryboat, substituted the old ferry, the Habib; Tanit and Carthage are now the two ships on duty for CTN. The Tanit is one of the biggest ferryboats sailing European seas: 212 meters long, 30 meters wide, has a maximum capacity of 3.200 passengers and 1060 vehicles; it reaches a maximum speed of 27.5 knots. The creation of this ship costed 177 million euro to CTN. The Tanit has one peculiar characteristic: it has two separates engine rooms to ensure the ferry can still sail in case one of the two engines stops for a malfunction.
CTN COTUNAV fleet:
TANIT 3.200 pax 1.060 veihicles max speed
27 knots length 212 mt.
CARTHAGE 2.200 pax 660 vehicles max speed
23 knots length 180 mt.
ULYSSE 100 pax 128 vehicles max speed 20 knots length
SALAMBO 100 pax 128 vehicles max speed 20 knots length.
Ferry lines to Tunisia:
From Genova (Italy) to
From Marsiglia (France) to
Check-in policy: to complete check-in operations, guests must arrive 3 hours prior the departure