The final of the seven PCTC (Pure Automotive & Truck Provider) vessels ordered from the Chinese language Yangfan shipyard in Zhoushan was delivered to the Grimaldi Group yesterday. Grande California, like her six sister items already in service, is among the many largest and most eco-friendly automotive carriers on the earth.

With a size of 199.9m and a beam of 36.45m, the Grande California has a gross tonnage of 65,255 and a service pace of 19 knots. The Italian-flagged ship can transport round 7,600CEU (Automotive Equal Items) or, alternatively, 5,400 linear metres of rolling inventory and a pair of,737 CEU.

Together with her 4 hoistable decks, the Grande California is a versatile vessel: moreover automobiles, she is ready to transport any kind of rolling freight as much as 5.3m excessive. The aspect ramp and quarter stern ramp permit the loading of freight items weighing as much as 150 tonnes, whereas the configuration of her 12 decks and the system of inside ramps minimise the danger of injury to the cargo throughout loading and unloading operations.

With respect to environmental sustainability, the Grande California is a state-of-the-art ship outfitted with scrubbers that permit her to scale back dangerous emissions and obtain excessive vitality effectivity. These embrace an electronically-controlled MAN Vitality Options essential engine, as required by the brand new rules for the discount of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.

“Increasing our fleet with giant, trendy and environmentally pleasant ships such because the Grande California means having the ability to provide more and more higher transport companies not just for our prospects but in addition for the setting”, acknowledged Emanuele Grimaldi, Managing Director of the Neapolitan delivery firm. “One other 15 new, extremely revolutionary ships will probably be delivered to our group within the coming years, and we proceed to put money into analysis and improvement to consistently enhance the standard of our provide whereas lowering the environmental influence of our operations. We’ll go forward on this route, satisfied that that is the fitting alternative”.

As soon as she arrives from China, the Grande California will probably be deployed to additional enhance the weekly ro-ro connection operated by the Grimaldi Group between Europe, the Mediterranean and North America, repeatedly serving 15 ports in Italy, Spain, Belgium, Canada, United States and Mexico.