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Thursday, July 8, 2021 

The christening ceremony of the 'Eco Catania' a new ro-ro vessel delivered to the Grimaldi Group in early June - has been held in the port of Catania.

This is the fifth of 12 hybrid ships belonging to the GG5G (Grimaldi Green 5th Generation) class and ordered by the company from the Chinese Jinling shipyard located in Nanjing.

Just as her four hybrid GG5G-class sister vessels already in service in the Mediterranean, the Eco Catania is one of the largest and most eco-friendly ro-ro ships. With a transport capacity of over 500 trailers, the ships are able to halve CO2 emissions compared to the previous generation of ro-ro ships operated by the Grimaldi Group, and even to reduce them to zero while they are at berth: during port stays, GG5G-class ships can use electrical energy stored by lithium batteries with a total power of 5MWh, which are recharged during navigation thanks to shaft generators and 350m2 of solar panels. Moreover, they are equipped with electronically-controlled engines and an exhaust gas cleaning system for the abatement of sulphur and particulate emissions.

"We are proud and grateful that a prestigious company such as Grimaldi Lines has named one of the most modern ships after Catania – a vessel equipped with advanced eco-friendly systems capable of protecting the environment", said Catania Mayor Salvo Pogliese.

Grimaldi Group Director Eugenio Grimaldi said: "The city of Catania has hosted us for over 15 years, and we are extremely proud to christen the largest and most sustainable ro-ro ship in the world here today. Over the last year the ports we serve, as well as our ships and our workers have never stopped, and Catania and Sicily as a whole have shown how important trade is to allow the country to survive. This is why, once again, I thank the whole Sicilian port community for the precious contribution of its workers who, together with our seafarers, have distinguished themselves in this unprecedented challenge".

Eco Catania will operate regularly between the ports of Genoa, Livorno, Catania and Malta, joining her sister vessel Eco Livorno which is already in service on the same route.

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