The Neapolitan Group has entrusted Hyundai Mipo Dockyard with the delivery of what will constitute the new G5-class of multipurpose vessels designed to carry trucks, trailers, cars, and containers.
The new 45,684 dwt-big ships will be 250 m-long and 38 m-wide, offering 4,700 lane metres for carrying wheeled cargo, plus room for 2,500 CEUs and 2,000 TEUs.
The newbuilds are expected to be delivered between the first months of 2023 and the end of 2024, replacing the Grimaldi Group's ships which will have reached an age of 25 by that time.
The G5s will be deployed across the company's services between North Europe and West Africa (particularly to/from Lagos in Nigeria).
According to the ship owner, the G5-class units emit up to 43% less CO2 per tonne transported compared to other Grimaldi multipurpose ro-ro ships.
The newbuildings will feature a number of emission reduction solutions, including an integrated rudder-propeller system for minimising vortex losses, variable frequency drive devices, low friction hull paint, and a connection to onshore power supply.
The G5s will also be equipped with scrubbers for compliance with the global sulphur cap.
"The new series of ro-ro multipurpose G5-class ships was 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," Gianluca Grimaldi, President, the Grimaldi Group, commented.
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