Grimaldi Group has taken delivery of the Eco Livorno, a scrubber equipped hybrid ferry which can operate on solar-powered batteries in port.
Delivered today (29 January), the vessel is the third of twelve Grimaldi Green 5th Generation (GG5G) class vessels, delivered by the Chinese Jinling shipyard located in Nanjing.
According to Grimaldi Group, the 238-metre-long vessel has twice the loading capacity compared to the previous generation vessels while consuming the same amount of fuel, thus halving CO2 emissions.
During port stays, the Eco Livorno can reduce emissions to zero by using the electricity stored in mega lithium batteries with a total power of 5 MWh, which are recharged during navigation thanks to shaft generators and 350 m2 of solar panels.
In addition, the vessel is equipped with electronically controlled engines and with an exhaust gas cleaning system for the reduction of sulphur and particulate emissions.
‘We are in the midst of a green revolution that our Group has strongly promoted and in which it has been investing for years, and we are proceeding swiftly in this direction,’ said Grimaldi Group Managing Director Emanuele Grimaldi. ‘With the delivery of the Eco Livorno, we enhance our fleet with a new precious unit, which we will deploy in the coming weeks to serve our customers and continue to meet their expectations in terms of quality and eco-sustainability.’
Scheduled to arrive in Italy by the end of February, the Eco Livorno will join sister vessels Eco Valencia and Eco Barcelona on the regular Ro-Ro service that connects the ports of Livorno, Savona, Barcelona and Valencia.