Aug 2, 2022 | Shipbuilding & ship repair news

With the delivery of the ‘Eco Adriatica’,11th of 12 ro-ros ordered from the Chinese Jinling shipyard, the fleet of Grimaldi Green 5th Generation (GG5G) class hybrid vessels is almost complete.

The Eco Adriatica flies the Italian flag, has a length of 238m, a beam of 34m, a gross tonnage of 67,311gt and a service speed of 20.8 knots. The loading capacity of the 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: the vessel can carry some 7,800 lane metres of freight, equivalent to around 500 trailers and 180 cars.

However, the increase in capacity does not affect fuel consumption, thanks to the adoption of innovative technological solutions that optimise the ship’s operational and environmental performance. At the same speed, the Eco Adriatica consumes the same amount of fuel compared to the previous generation ro-ro ships, and is therefore able to halve CO2 emissions per unit transported.

The vessel is equipped with electronically controlled engines and with an exhaust gas cleaning system for the reduction of sulphur and particulate emissions. In addition, during port stays, the Eco Adriatica is capable of cutting emissions to zero by using electricity stored in mega lithium batteries with a total power of 5 MWh; these are recharged under way by shaft generators and 350 m2 of solar panels.

MD Emanuele Grimaldi said: “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. 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 “

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