Moby’s vivid hull colour schemes aren’t to everyone’s taste but, in a market where the most energetic opposition is screaming at potential customers in bright yellow, it doesn’t hurt to have something eye-catching for them to hang their hat on, especially when in comparison it would be all too easy to disappear into Eurowhite-style forgettability alongside the Gruppo Tirrenia.
Personally I have to say I’m a fan – I find it somewhat ironic that ships which, when built, were quite aggressively modern such as the Tor Britannia and Tor Scandinavia are now referred to as being in some way stripped of their dignity with these schemes (as the Moby Drea and Moby Otta). Some would say that happened way back during the Triangle years but one thing is certain – they were, and remain, ships built for fun. There is, after all, no reason that ferries have to be deeply serious objects, especially since they are engaged so often in the leisure and holiday trade.
Here we present pictures from the past couple of years showing aspects of the colour schemes of the current Moby fleet.
The Elba ships
None of the Elba ferries currently has a Looney Tunes livery, these five ships instead retaining their idiosyncratic separate identities. This is more than can be said for the Giraglia’s sister, the Bastia on the Santa Teresa di Gallura-Bonifacio route which, together with the former Lloyd Sardegna ro-pax Maria Grazia On, retains just the big blue whale for hull markings.
Moby Lally (design by ‘Projekt Silver’)
Moby Love (design by Mordillo)
Moby Baby (design by Ettore Sottsass Jr.)
Moby Ale (design by Ettore Sottsass Jr.)