Source: Grimaldi Group, 2021-01-29
Another new entry in the Grimaldi fleet. This time it is the Eco Livorno, the third of twelve hybrid vessels of the innovative Grimaldi Green 5th Generation (GG5G) class, delivered on 29 January by the Chinese Jinling shipyard located in Nanjing. Thanks to their unique design, the GG5G-class units are not only the largest short sea ro-ro vessels in the world, but also the most eco-friendly ones.
The Eco Livorno, which flies the Italian flag, has a length of 238 metres, a beam of 34 metres, a gross tonnage of 67,311t and a service speed of 20.8 knots. The loading capacity of her 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: in fact, 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 highly innovative technological solutions that optimise fuel consumption and ship performance.
During port stays, the Eco Livorno is even capable of cutting emissions to zero by using the electricity stored in mega lithium batteries with a total power of 5 MWh, which are recharged during navigation thanks to shaft generators and 350 m2 of solar panels. In addition, 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.
“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”, stated the Neapolitan company Managing Director Emanuele Grimaldi. "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."
Once she arrives in Italy, by the end of February, the Eco Livorno will join her sister vessels Eco Valencia and Eco Barcelona on the regular Ro-Ro service that connects the ports of Livorno, Savona, Barcelona and Valencia.