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Thursday, March 4, 2021 

The Grimaldi Group has held a naming ceremony at the port of Livorno for the 'Eco Livorno', the third hybrid ro-ro unit of the GG5G (Grimaldi Green 5th Generation) vessel class.

The ceremony was held on the occasion of the ship's inaugural call in the port of Livorno – her first Italian stop since she left the Chinese Jinling shipyard located in Nanjing.

The GG5G class is claimed to be the world's  largest and most eco-friendly ro-ro vessels. With a transport capacity of over 500 trailers, the class is able to halve CO2 emissions compared to the previous series 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 350 m2 of solar panels. The ships are equipped with electronically-controlled engines and an exhaust gas cleaning system for the abatement of sulphur and particulate emissions.

CEO Emanuele Grimaldi said: "The deployment in Livorno of the first three GG5G-class vessels, among which the Eco Livorno, proves the importance that our Group attaches to the Tuscan port, where we have been present for over four decades during which we have increasingly developed the traffic flows of rolling units and passengers. With the Paris Agreement on climate change, shipowners around the world have undertaken to reduce ship emissions by 50% by 2050; with this investment in new ships, our Group achieves this goal thirty years earlier than the others”.

The Eco Livorno has set sail from the Tuscan port to begin serving the ro-ro connection between Livorno, Savona, Barcelona and Valencia.

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