Grimaldi takes over the “Great Tema”

The Grimaldi fleet is growing: this morning, the Italian shipping company took delivery of another ConRo ship in the “G5” class.

It is the third ship in this class. According to the Grimaldi Group, it is characterized by its loading capacity and environmental compatibility. It will soon be deployed between Northern Europe and West Africa.

The ship was handed over today at the South Korean shipyard Hyundai Mipo Dockyard. The ship was christened “Great Tema”.

With a length of 250 m, a width of 38 m and a carrying capacity of 45,684 tons, the design of the “Great Tema” is the result of a careful study of the needs of the Group and its customers, according to Grimaldi.

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The G5 class vessels can carry 4,700 lane meters of rolling cargo, 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.

In addition to the cargo capacity, the “Great Tema” is reportedly characterized by numerous state-of-the-art technological solutions to increase energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact. Both the main engine and auxiliary diesel generators will comply with NOx levels required by Tier III regulations, while the integrated propulsion system between the rudder and propeller minimizes flow losses, optimizing propulsion efficiency and reducing fuel consumption.

Freighter can also use shore power

The ship can be supplied with shore power during port calls. In addition, the power consumption of the machines on board (pumps, fans, etc.) is reduced by installing variable frequency devices, while the use of innovative, low-friction paints reduces the resistance of the ship’s hull and thus increases efficiency. Last but not least, the ship is equipped with hybrid exhaust gas purification systems to reduce sulphur and particulate emissions.

As proof of its high energy and environmental efficiency, the Great Tema enables a reduction of CO2 emissions per transported ton by up to 43% compared to other Grimaldi ConRo multipurpose vessels, the company says.

“Great Tema” serves North Europe-West Africa route

“The addition of vessels such as the ‘Great Tema’ to the fleet and their operation brings us ever closer to the major priority goal of sustainable transportation,” explains Gian Luca Grimaldi, President of the Grimaldi Group.

From February 2024, the “Great Tema” will operate regularly on the North 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 call at the ports of Amsterdam, Hamburg, Tilbury, Casablanca, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Freetown, Cotonou, Lagos, Tema, Takoradi, Abidjan and San Pedro.

Grimaldi-Neubau »Great Tema«
Grimaldi newbuilding “Great Tema”

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Caption: Grimaldi's new "Great Tema" building