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Monday, January 4, 2021 

The Italy-based Grimaldi Group has taken delivery of a further eco-friendly ro-ro vessel, the 'Eco Barcelona', second of the twelve hybrid vessels in the Grimaldi Green 5th Generation (GG5G) class ordered from the Chinese shipyard Jinling in Nanjing.

Grimaldi believes the GG5G ships to be not only the largest ro-ro units in the world for short sea shipping, but also the most eco-friendly. Eco Barcelona is 238m long, with beam of 34m, a gross tonnage of 67,311t and a service speed of 20.8 knots. The ship's 7,800 lane metre rolling freight capacity is equivalent to around 500 trailers, meaning it can transport twice the load carried by its predecessors while maintaining the same fuel consumption at the same speed.

The environmental performance of the Eco Barcelona is the result of the adoption of innovative technological solutions to optimise fuel consumption. In addition, the vessel's electronically controlled engines burn fossil fuel during navigation and the ship uses electricity in port, from lithium batteries that are recharged at sea by shaft generators and 350m2 of solar panels, guaranteeing 'Zero Emission in Port'. Eco Barcelona has an exhaust gas cleaning system for the reduction of sulphur and particulate emissions.

Like her sister ship Eco Valencia, already operational since mid-November, once she arrives from China, the Eco Barcelona will be deployed on the regular line connecting the Italian ports of Livorno and Savona and the Spanish ports of Barcelona and Valencia.

Two more eco-friendly ships, the PCTC Grande Texas and ro-ro Eco Livorno, are due to join the Grimaldi fleet by the end of January. Grande Texas is sixth of a series of seven PCTC units ordered from the Chinese shipyard Yangfan located in Zhoushan.

MD Emanuele Grimaldi said: "This new year begins auspiciously for our Group: in the month of January alone we will welcome three new ultra-modern ships to our fleet, and more units will be delivered in the coming months. Thanks to the new, increasingly efficient vessels, also in 2021 we will do our best to offer our customers high quality services, without losing sight of the major goal of eco-sustainability."


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