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Ro-ro ship Eco Italia enters the Grimaldi fleet

Eco Italia, the twelfth hybrid ro-ro ship of the Grimaldi Green 5th Generation (GG5G) class, was delivered from the Chinese Jinling shipyard in Nanjing.

As with her 11 sister vessels already deployed in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, she is one of the largest and most eco-friendly ro-ro units in the world for short sea shipping.

Eco Italia measures 238m by 34m, has a gross tonnage of 67,311 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. She can carry 7,800 lane meters, equivalent to around 500 trailers and 180 cars.

However, the increase in capacity does not affect fuel consumption, thanks to the adoption of numerous highly innovative technological solutions that optimize the ship’s operational and environmental performance.

At the same speed, Eco Italia consumes the same amount of fuel as the previous generation ro-ro ships, and is therefore able to halve CO2 emissions per unit transported.

Eco Italia 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, while at berth, the ship reaches the “Zero emission in port” target: during port operations, the Eco Italia uses the electricity stored in mega lithium batteries with a total power of 5 MWh; these are recharged during navigation thanks to shaft generators and 350m2 of solar panels.

Upon her arrival in Italy, scheduled for the end of November, Eco Italia will be deployed in the motorways of the sea network operated by the Grimaldi Group in the Western Mediterranean.

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