Grimaldi has taken delivery of its 11th Grimaldi Green 5th Generation (GG5G) class hybrid ro-ro vessel, Eco Adriatica.
Built at the Chinese Jinling shipyard located in Nanjing, the 67,331 gross tonne Eco Adriatica flies the Italian flag, has a length of 238 m, a beam of 34 m, and a service speed of 20.8 knots. Grimaldi will add a total of 12 of the GG5G-class vessels to its fleet.
The design includes innovative technological solutions that optimise the ship’s operational and environmental performance: Eco Adriatica consumes the same amount of fuel as the previous generation ro-ro ships it replaces but with double the intake, and is able to halve CO2 emissions per unit transported.
The vessel is equipped with state-of-the-art, electronically controlled engines and with an exhaust gas cleaning system for the reduction of sulphur and particulate emissions. In addition, during port stays, Eco Adriatica is capable of cutting emissions to zero by using the electricity stored in lithium batteries with a total power of 5 MWh; these are recharged during navigation thanks to shaft generators and 350 sq m of solar panels.
“It is not enough to talk about ecological transition: we must bring about change, and our group is doing it by making its fleet increasingly modern, efficient and sustainable,” said Emanuele Grimaldi, managing director of the shipping company. “With ships such as the Eco Adriatica and her GG5G-class sister units, we concretely contribute to reducing the environmental impact of maritime transport in Europe.”