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Tuesday, August 27, 2019 

The Grimaldi Group has confirmed its willingness to contribute to the protection and enhancement of the marine environment by adhering to the “SAILS” (Sustainable Actions for Innovative and Low-impact Shipping) charter.

This declaration, launched in 2018 by the French Ministry for Ecological and Inclusive Transition, with the support of Armateurs de France (France’s Shipping Association), allows companies operating in the sea transport sector to formalise and pursue their commitments to protect the planet and its people. 10 French companies have already signed the document.

Grimaldi is the first Italian shipping company to have signed the charter, thus undertaking, in addition to its regulatory obligations, to implement specific actions such as the decrease of atmospheric pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions, the reduction of the underwater noise impact of ships, the optimisation of ships energy performance, the fight against invasive species, and protection of cetaceans.

“We have always deemed essential to promote and adopt good practices in maritime transport for the protection of the marine and coastal environment”, said Group President Gianluca Grimaldi. “This last initiative fits in and strengthens our group’s green commitment, which in recent years has translated in significant investments aimed at reducing harmful emissions from its operations.”

Grimaldi has implemented important green retrofit programs for its operational fleet, while 12 new 'greenships' will join the fleet in 2020-2022. The new Knud E Hansen-designed Grimaldi Green 5th Generation (GG5G) units will be the first examples of a new series of hybrid ro-ro vessels, which will use fossil fuel during navigation and electricity while in port.

Grimaldi Group and its sister company Valencia Terminal Europa (VTE) have recently joined the European project 'H2PORTS - Implementing Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies in Ports', whose main aim is to provide efficient solutions that will facilitate a rapid transition from a fossil fuel-based to a low-carbon, zero-emissions industry.

As a member of the International Chamber of Shipping, the Grimaldi Group has committed to pursue the goal of halving its CO2 total emissions by 2050, and is already on its way to reaching it. Furthermore, as a founding member of the Clean Shipping Alliance, the Group is actively committed to supporting the timely implementation of IMO regulations on sulphur emissions.

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