Grimaldi Green 5th Generation-class (GG5G-class) vessels are new hybrid roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) ships being built by Nanjing Jinling Shipyard for Grimaldi Group for use in short-sea shipping.
The GG5G-class will include 12 hybrid Ro-Ro vessels, of which nine will be operated in the Mediterranean Sea and the remaining three will be deployed in Northern Europe by Grimaldi Group’s subsidiary Finnlines.
The vessels are expected to increase operational efficiency by 100% in terms of consumption / tonne of freight transported.
Grimaldi Group placed a $400m order for the construction of six Ro-Ro vessels in May 2018. The order is part of the company’s plan to expand and modernise its existing fleet of vessels.
ECO Valencia, the first of the 12 hybrid vessels of GG5G, was handed over to Grimaldi Lines in October 2020. It arrived at the Port of Valencia in Spain in November 2020.
ECO Valencia is claimed to be the world’s largest Ro-Ro ship dedicated to short-sea shipping. It will connect Livorno and Savona in northern Italy with Barcelona and Valencia in Spain.
The ship also received Green Plus class award, the highest certification in the field of environmental sustainability, from the Italian Shipping Registry (RINA). The second GG5G vessel, ECO Barcelona, was launched in April 2020.
Construction of Finnlines’ Ro-Ro vessel began with the steel-cutting ceremony held at the Nanjing Jinling Shipyard in June 2020. The first vessel is expected to be delivered in 2021, while the remaining two will become operational in 2022.