The newly built ro-ro vessel ECO VALENCIA recently delivered to Grimaldi Group by Nanjing Jinling shipyard in China made her maiden call in the port of Livorno. Dr Emanuele Grimaldi, CEO of the company, and his son Guido Grimaldi, sales manager of Grimaldi Euromed, were at the quay for a welcome.
The ship, which is the first of a series of 12 (of which three are for Finnlines), entered into service on the line linking Livorno and Savona in Italy, with Barcelona and Valencia in Spain.
ECO VALENCIA and her sister ships have a length of 238m and will be able to transport over 7,800 lane meters of rolling units, equivalent to above 500 trailers. The design was developed in a fruitful cooperation between the Grimaldi Group, Nanjing Jinling Shipyard and Knud E. Hansen.
All these vessels will be ‘ultra green’ with 600m2 of solar panels, large-capacity batteries to achieve zero emissions in port and a peak shaving system. Furthermore, an air lubrication system is included so the ship will ride on a carpet of micro bubbles, hereby reducing the frictional resistance between the hull and the water.