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The Chinese Yangfan shipyard has delivered the first in a series of seven pure car & truck carriers (PTCT) to the Grimaldi Group.
The GT 62,255-big Grande Torino is 199.9 m-long and 36.45 m-wide. With her four hoistable decks, she is able take on-board up to 7,600 CEUs or, alternatively, offer 5,400 lane metres of cargo capacity and space for 2,737 CEUs. The vessel is fitted with a side ramp and a quarter stern ramp, the latter allowing to load freight units up to 150t.
The Grande Torino's main engine is electronically-controlled, allowing her to meet the new regulations for the reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions. She's also equipped with a scrubber to sail on heavy fuel oil within sulphur emission control areas as well as with a ballast water treatment unit.
Grande Torino will be put on the Group's Mediterranean-North America service, covering the ports of Gioia Tauro, Civitavecchia, Livorno, Savona, Valencia, Antwerp, Halifax, Davisville, New York, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Houston, Tuxpan, and Veracruz.
"With the deployment of the Grande Torino, our biggest car carrier vessel, the Group's fleet becomes even younger, more innovative and more efficient. We have once again responded to market demands with technological innovation, quality and sustainability, and we will continue to do so," Emanuele Grimaldi, Managing Director, Grimaldi Group, commented on the delivery.