The Grimaldi Group takes delivery of the Great Tema
The third "G5"-class
multipurpose ro-ro vessel stands out for her loading capacity and
eco-sustainability. She will soon be deployed between Northern Europe and West
Naples, 20 December 2023: This morning, the third ro-ro multipurpose unit
belonging to the innovative "G5" class was delivered to the Grimaldi
Group at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. Ltd shipyard in Ulsan (South Korea). Her
name is Great Tema; like all six units belonging to the same
series, she will further improve the quality of the maritime transport services
offered by the Neapolitan company between Northern Europe and West Africa.
length of 250 metres, beam of 38 metres and deadweight of 45,684 tonnes, the
design of the Great Tema is the result of a careful study of the
needs of the Group and its customers: thanks to an innovative and completely
customized internal configuration, the G5-class ships are able to transport
4,700 linear metres of rolling freight, 2,500 CEU (Car Equivalent Units) and
2,000 TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Units). Compared to the previous G4-class,
the new vessels have the same capacity for rolling freight while their
container capacity is double.
In addition to loading capacity, the Great Tema
stands out on account
of her numerous cutting-edge, technological solutions aimed at increasing
energy efficiency and reducing environmental impact. Both the main engine and
the auxiliary diesel generators will meet the NOx levels imposed by
the Tier III regulation, while the integrated propulsion system between rudder
and propeller will minimize vortex losses and, consequently, optimize
propulsive efficiency and reduce fuel consumption.
The vessel is designed for cold ironing with shoreside
supply of electricity (where available) as a green alternative to the
consumption of fossil fuels during port stays. Furthermore, the electrical
consumption of on-board machinery (pumps, fans, etc.) is reduced thanks to the
installation of variable frequency drive devices, while the application of
innovative, low friction paints reduces hull resistance, thus increasing
efficiency. Last but not least, the ship is equipped with hybrid exhaust gas cleaning
systems for the abatement of sulphur and particulate emissions.
As proof of her high energy and environmental
efficiency, the Great Tema enables a reduction of CO2
emissions per tonne transported of up to 43% compared to other Grimaldi con-ro
“The entry into the fleet and the operation of
ships like the Great Tema brings us ever closer to the major, primary goal of
sustainable transport", stated Gian Luca Grimaldi, President of
Grimaldi Group S.p.A. “Indeed, for years we have clearly and concretely
pointed our investments in this direction: to meet our customers’ needs while further
reducing the environmental impact of maritime transport”.
From February 2024, the Great Tema will
operate regularly on the Northern Europe-West Africa route. Like her sister
ships Great Antwerp and Great Lagos, which were delivered
to the Group in April and August 2023 respectively, she will serve the ports of
Amsterdam, Hamburg, Tilbury, Casablanca, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Freetown,
Cotonou, Lagos, Tema, Takoradi, Abidjan and San Pedro.