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“Great Abidjan” continues series of newbuilds for Grimaldi

With the “Great Abidjan”, the Italian Grimaldi Group has expanded its ConRo fleet with another newbuild in the “G5 class”. Further ships are to follow.

“Great Abidjan” is the fourth of six multi-purpose RoRo ships in the series and was built for Grimaldi at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea.[ds_preview] The naming ceremony and official handover to the shipping company took place on Tuesday.

The Italian ambassador in Seoul, Emilia Gatto, acted as the ship’s godmother. After the ceremony, she emphasised the importance of trade relations between Italy and South Korea and thanked both companies for providing an “excellent example of partnership between the two countries”.

Double capacity on “Great Abidjan”

With a length of 250 m, a width of 38 m and a carrying capacity of 45,684 t, the design of the “Great Abidjan”, like her sisters, is the result of a careful study of demand trends: the freighters in the series have 4,700 lane meters for rolling cargo, capacities for 2,500 CEU and 2,000 TEU. Compared to the previous G4 class, the new ships have the same capacity for rolling cargo, while their container capacity has doubled.

Thanks to a number of technological measures, the newbuildings are expected to reduce CO2 emissions per transported ton by up to 43% compared to other Grimaldi ConRo multipurpose vessels. Like her sisters, “Great Abidjan” is named after a port that our Group has been calling at regularly for years and will be deployed between Northern Europe and West Africa.

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