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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 

Grimaldi Group has recently taken delivery of the 'Eco Valencia', the first of 12 hybrid ro-ro ships belonging to the new Grimaldi Green 5th Generation (GG5G) class, from the Jinling shipyard in Nanjing, and the 'Grande Florida', fifth in a series of seven PCTC (Pure Car & Truck Carrier) vessels ordered from Yangfan shipyard in Zhoushan.

The Eco Valencia has been assigned an additional “Green Plus” class notation by RINA, recognising the design solutions, on-board systems and operational procedures put in place voluntarily, both during the construction phase and during the operation of the ship, aimed at improving environmental performance beyond the minimum levels required by the relevant international regulations.

The GG5G class design was conceived by the Grimaldi Group Technical and Energy Saving Department in partnership with Knud E Hansen, and incorporates several patented elements. These include, among others, an air lubrication system – which will let the ship obtain the RINA 'Air-Lub' notation; a Rolls-Royce Promas Lite integrated propeller and rudder, a waste heat recovery system as well as silicone coating on the hull.

All of the new GG5G-class vessels will use latest-generation electronically-controlled engines which are powered by fossil fuels during navigation and by electricity while at berth. During stays in port, they are capable of meeting the energy demands of on-board activities with just the electricity stored in lithium batteries that are recharged during navigation, thanks to shaft generators and 600m2 of solar panels. Moreover, exhaust gas cleaning systems are installed on board the GG5G ships to reduce sulphur and particulate emissions.

The Eco Valencia has a length of 238m, a beam of 34m, and is of 67,311gt with a service speed of 20.8 knots. The Italian-flagged vessel can transport 7,800 lane metres, equivalent to around 500 trailers. The loading capacity of its garages is twice that of the largest ships currently operated by the Neapolitan group; nevertheless, the new vessel consumes the same amount of fuel at the same speed.

Of the 12 units of the GG5G class, nine will be deployed in the Mediterranean Sea and another three will be operated by the Group subsidiary Finnlines in Northern Europe.

The PCTC Grande Florida will be deployed on the weekly ro-ro connection between the Mediterranean and North America. The Italian-flagged 65,255gt Grande Florida is 199.9m long and 36.45m wide with a service speed of 19 knots. The vessel can transport around 7,600 CEU (Car Equivalent Units) or alternatively 5,400 lane metres of rolling freight and 2,737 CEU. Thanks to her hoistable decks, the Grande Florida is able to transport any type of rolling freight up to 5.3m high. It is fitted with a side ramp and a quarter stern ramp, the latter allowing the loading of units of up to 150t.

The Grande Florida is fitted with an electronically-controlled MAN Energy Solutions main engine, fitted with NOx reduction and an exhaust gas cleaning system, as well as ballast water treatment.

Group MD Emanuele Grimaldi said: "With the arrival of these new units, we once again confirm our commitment to offer and guarantee high quality transport services, thanks to one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the world. In particular, the delivery of the Eco Valencia represents an important milestone not only for our company but more generally for short sea shipping in the Mediterranean: in fact, we are deploying increasingly efficient ships with an ever lower environmental impact in the ‘Mare Nostrum’, for the benefit not only of our customers but also of the communities in the cities we serve.”

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