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Friday, January 29, 2021 

The 'Eco Livorno', third of 12 hybrid vessels of the Grimaldi Green 5th Generation (GG5G) class, has been delivered from the Jinling shipyard in Nanjing, China.

The Knud E Hansen GG5G design is believed to be not only the largest short sea ro-ro vessels, but also the most eco-friendly. The 67,311gt Eco Livorno, which flies the Italian flag, has a length of 238m, a beam of 34m and a service speed of 20.8 knots. The loading capacity of the seven decks – two of which are hoistable – is twice that of the previous class of short sea ro-ro ships deployed by the Grimaldi Group. The vessel can carry 7,800 linear metres of freight, equivalent to around 500 trailers and 180 cars. The quarter stern ramp allows the loading of freight units weighing up to 150t.

At the same speed, the Eco Livorno consumes the same amount of fuel compared to the previous generation vessels and is therefore able to halve CO2 emissions per unit transported: this was made possible through the adoption of several innovative technological solutions that optimise fuel consumption and ship performance.

During port stays, the Eco Livorno is capable of cutting emissions to zero by using the electricity stored in lithium batteries with a total power of 5 MWh, which are recharged during navigation by shaft generators and 350m2 of solar panels. The vessel is equipped with electronically controlled engines and an exhaust gas cleaning system for the reduction of sulphur and particulate emissions.

MD Emanuele Grimaldi said: “We are in the midst of a green revolution that our Group has strongly promoted and in which it has been investing for years, and we are proceeding swiftly in this direction. With the delivery of the Eco Livorno, we enhance our fleet with a new precious unit, which we will deploy in the coming weeks to serve our customers and continue to meet their expectations in terms of quality and eco-sustainability".

On arrival in Italy, expected by the end of February, the Eco Livorno will join sister vessels Eco Valencia and Eco Barcelona on the regular ro-ro service that connects the ports of Livorno, Savona, Barcelona and Valencia.

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