The Grimaldi Group has further grown its order book with two more new Pure Car & Truck Carrier vessels.
Last January, the company signed an agreement with Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Company Limited (SWS) and China Shipbuilding Trading Company Limited (CSTC) – two companies part of China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited (CSSC) – for the construction of five PCTC ships.
The option for another two sister vessels was finally exercised few days ago.
They will be among the first ships equipped with a new type of electronic engine whose specific consumption is one of the lowest in its category.
Thanks to their emission abatement systems, the new units will comply with the most stringent limits established at international level for CO2, NOx and SOx emissions.
Thanks to design innovations and state-of-the-art engines and systems, their CO2 emissions index per cargo unit transported more is significantly reduced – up to over 50% lower than that of other PCTC ships currently operated by the Grimaldi Group.
In addition, the new ships received the Ammonia-Ready class notation from RINA.
They are designed for cold ironing.
The deal with the Chinese shipyard for the construction of the seven PCTCs is valued in excess of USD 630 million. This investment is part of the Grimaldi Group’s massive fleet renewal plan, which includes 26 ships currently under construction: 17 ammonia-ready car carriers, five “G5”-class multipurpose ro-ro units, two “GG5G”-class hybrid ro-ro vessels and two “Superstar”-class ro-pax ships (for Finnlines).