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Thursday, June 10, 2021 

The Grimaldi group has taken delivery of 'Grande California', the last of the seven PCTC (Pure Car & Truck Carrier) vessels ordered from the Chinese Yangfan shipyard in Zhoushan.

At 199.9m long and 36.45m wide, the Grande California is of 65,255gt capacity and has a service speed of 19 knots. The Italian-flagged ship can transport around 7,600 CEU (Car Equivalent Units) or, alternatively, 5,400 linear metres of rolling stock and 2,737 CEU.

With four hoistable decks, the Grande California can transport any type of rolling freight (cars, vans, trucks, tractors, buses, excavators, etc.) up to 5.3m high. The side ramp and quarter stern ramp allow the loading of freight units weighing up to 150t, while the configuration of her 12 decks and the system of internal ramps minimises the risk of damage to the cargo during loading and unloading operations.

Grande California is equipped with emission-reduction and efficiency-enhancing devices including an electronically-controlled MAN Energy Solutions main engine, as required by the new regulations for the reduction of NOx emissions, as well as an exhaust gas cleaning system for cutting SOx and particulate emissions. In addition, she complies with the latest ballast water treatment regulations.

"Expanding our fleet with large, modern and environmentally friendly ships such as the Grande California means being able to offer increasingly better transport services not only for our customers but also for the environment", said Emanuele Grimaldi, MD. "Another 15 new, highly innovative ships will be delivered to our group in the coming years, and we continue to invest in research and development to constantly increase the quality of our offer while reducing the environmental impact of our operations. We will go ahead in this direction, convinced that this is the right choice”.

Once she arrives from China, the Grande California will be deployed on the weekly ro-ro connection operated by the Grimaldi Group between the Mediterranean and North America, serving ports in Italy, Spain, Belgium, Canada, the US and Mexico.

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