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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 

The Grimaldi Group has placed an order worth over US$500m with Hyundai Mipo Dockard in Ulsan, South Korea, for six multipurpose ro-ro vessels, which will form a new 'G5' class.

At 250m in length, 38m beam and 45,684 dwt, the G5 class is an evolution of the previous G4 multipurpose ro-ros built by the same shipyard and delivered to the Grimaldi Group between 2014 and 2015. The new design is the result of a careful study of the needs of the Group and its customers: thanks to an innovative and completely customised internal configuration, the G5-class ships will be able to transport 4,700 linear metres of rolling freight, 2,500 CEU (Car Equivalent Unit) and 2,000 TEU of containers. Compared to the G4 class, this represents a doubling of container capacity while maintaining the same capacity for rolling freight.

The G5 ships will adopt technological solutions aimed at increasing energy efficiency and reducing environmental impact. Both the main engine and the auxiliary diesel generators will meet IMO Tier III NOx levels, while the integrated propulsion system between rudder and propeller will minimise vortex losses and, consequently, optimise propulsive efficiency and reduce fuel consumption.

The ships will be designed for shoreside supply of electricity at berth, which represents, where available, an alternative to the consumption of fossil fuels during port stays. Furthermore, the electrical consumption of on-board machinery (pumps, fans, etc) will be reduced thanks to the installation of variable frequency drives, while the application of innovative low friction paints will reduce hull resistance, leading to further efficiency gains. Notably, the ships will be equipped with hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems for the abatement of sulphur and particulate emissions.

It is estimated that the G5 class will allow up to 43% reduction in CO2 emissions per tonne transported compared to other Grimaldi multipurpose ro-ros.

Group president Gianluca Grimaldi said: "The new series of ro-ro multipurpose G5-class ships was designed to respond even more efficiently to the demand for quality transport services on deep sea routes, reconciling the needs related to international freight traffic with that of protecting the environment. We are thus taking a further, important step within a path undertaken for years now with the aim of operating on all our main routes with an increasingly young, modern and eco-sustainable fleet".

The six ships ordered are expected to be delivered between the first months of 2023 and the end of 2024. The new units will replace older ships which will have reached 25 years of age, and will be deployed between Northern Europe and West Africa, particularly to Lagos (Nigeria).

This contract strengthens the relationship between the Grimaldi Group and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard which will build a third consecutive class of ro-ro multipurpose vessels for the Neapolitan group, having already delivered five G3 class, six G4 class units and 10 Eurocargo class ro-ros.

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