Grimaldi Group orders six ro/ro multipurpose vessels to enhance services

…Nigerian ports listed to benefit   

Grimaldi Group says it has signed an agreement worth over USD 500 million with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. Ltd (Ulsan) for the construction of six new ro/ro multipurpose vessels with a length of 250 meters, a beam of 38 meters and a deadweight of 45.684 tonnes.

Grimaldi stated the ships ordered will inaugurate a new class called “G5”, an evolution of the previous class of “G4” ro/ro multipurpose units built by the same shipyard and delivered to the Grimaldi Group between 2014 and 2015.

The six ships, according to the Group, are expected to be delivered between the first months of 2023 and the end of 2024 and replace older ships in its service which will have reached an age of 25, and will be deployed to further enhance the quality of maritime transport services offered by the Grimaldi Group between North Europe and West Africa, particularly to Lagos (Nigeria).

According to a statement issued by Grimaldi announcing the agreement, “their (the vessels) design is the result of a careful study of the needs of the Group and its customers: thanks to an innovative and completely customized internal configuration, the G5-class ships will be able to transport 4,700 linear meters of rolling freight, 2,500 CEU (Car Equivalent Unit) and 2,000 TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit). Compared to the previous G4-class vessels, the new units will have the same capacity for rolling freight while container capacity will double.

“In addition to their loading capacity, the “G5” ships will stand out for the adoption of numerous cutting-edge technological solutions aimed at increasing energy efficiency and reducing environmental impact. Both the main engine and the auxiliary diesel generators will meet the NOx levels imposed by the Tier III regulation, while the integrated propulsion system between rudder and propeller will minimize vortex losses and, consequently, optimize propulsive efficiency and reduce fuel consumption.

“The ships will be designed for shoreside supply of electricity at berth, which represents, where available, an alternative to the consumption of fossil fuels during port stays. Furthermore, the electrical consumption of on-board machinery (pumps, fans, etc.) will be reduced thanks to the installation of variable frequency drive devices, while the application of innovative low friction paints will reduce the hull resistance, increasing the efficiency of the units. Finally, the ships will be equipped with hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems for the abatement of sulphur and particulate emissions.

“As proof of their high energy and environmental efficiency, the G5-class units will allow a reduction of CO2 emissions per tonne transported of up to 43% compared to other Grimaldi multipurpose ro/ro ships.” Speaking on the development, President of Grimaldi Group Gianluca Grimaldi said “The new series of ro/ro multipurpose G5-class ships were designed to respond even more efficiently to the demand for quality transport services on deep sea routes, reconciling the needs related to international freight traffic with that of protecting the environment. We are thus taking a further, important step within a path undertaken for years now with the aim of operating on all our main routes with an increasingly young, modern and eco-sustainable fleet”.

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