Grimaldi Group yesterday christened the fourth hybrid ro-ro unit of the innovative GG5G (Grimaldi Green 5th Generation) vessel class, Eco Savona, after the ship’s inaugural call in the port of Savona.
The vessel which arrived from the Chinese Jinling shipyard located in Nanjing was blessed Don Pietro Giacosa of the Diocese of Savona-Noli.
According to a statement by Grimaldi, the Eco Savona is the fourth unit of the GG5G vessel class and one of the largest and most eco-friendly ro-ro ships in the world. With a transport capacity of over 500 trailers, these green giants are able to halve CO2 emissions compared to the previous generation 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 in fact use the electrical energy stored by mega lithium batteries with a total power of 5MWh, which are recharged during navigation thanks to shaft generators and 350 m2 of solar panels. Moreover, they are equipped with state-of-the-art electronically-controlled engines and an exhaust gas cleaning system for the abatement of sulphur and particulate emissions.
Speaking at the event, Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority System Chairman Paolo Emilio Signorini said “The infrastructure and sustainable mobility sectors play a central role in the Italian economy. We are therefore honoured with the choice of an international player such as the Grimaldi Group of naming the greenest ro-ro ship in the world after Savona.”
“We believe that today more than ever, sustainable change and innovation are crucial to having economic growth capable of generating a positive environment as well as social impact. It is our main objective to make port operations more sustainable for local communities, and in this perspective, the port of Savona has planned a number of actions, such as cold ironing in the passenger terminal, which has been carried out this year in order to reduce emissions from ships at berth.”
“Ports and the environment – commented the President of the Liguria Region Giovanni Toti – are two of the elements on which Liguria is focusing and will increasingly focus in the future. Today, in one of the ports that make up the most important port system in Italy, the ribbon of a cutting-edge ship is being cut – a vessel that is able of combining the highest environmental standards with the size necessary to compete in a sector as strategic as that of the blue economy and logistics. This is a strong signal that we welcome with great satisfaction. Besides the health of citizens and daily habits, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a very significant impact on the economy too. For this reason, as we continue our fight against the virus to return to life, we must prepare ourselves to face the challenges that are already looming for the immediate future: this is the best way to do it.”
In his speech, Guido Grimaldi highlighted the attention shown both by the group and by the regional and local authorities towards issues related to the sustainable development of the city of Savona, of its port, and, more generally, of the regional economy and of international trade: “Being here today in Savona, a city that has hosted us for at least 40 years, to christen the largest and most sustainable ro-ro ship in the world, is a source of great pride for us as well as an important milestone for maritime transport in the Mediterranean. It is the demonstration of the importance that our Group attaches to the port of a city that shares with us a vision of strategic relevance towards environmental issues,” he stated. “During a very difficult year like 2020, we continued to invest in sustainability, and such cutting-edge and environmentally friendly ships like the Eco Savona already allow us to reach the 2050 targets. Sustainability not only pays off economically and financially: it is a social duty of all of us”.
According to the Group, once her commercial operations are concluded, the Eco Savona will leave the Ligurian port and, just as her sister vessels Eco Valencia, Eco Barcelona and Eco Livorno did in recent months, she will begin to operate regularly for the transport of rolling freight between Italy and Spain.