Grimaldi Group Adds New PCTC to Its Fleet

Italian shipping company Grimaldi Group has taken delivery of its newest pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) Grande Torino from the Chinese shipyard of Yangfan, Zhoushan.

Handed over to the company on November 28, the unit is the first one from a series of seven sister vessels ordered by the company from Yangfan.

Featuring a length of 199.9 meters and a beam of 36.4 meters, Grande Torino has 65.255 gross tons and a service speed of 19 knots.

Grimaldi Group said that the ship, which flies the Italian flag, is one of the largest car carriers on the market. It can transport around 7,600 CEU or 5,400 linear meters of rolling units and 2,737 CEU. With four hoistable decks, Grande Torino is able to load any type of rolling freight up to 5.3 meters high.

The ship is fitted with an electronically-controlled main engine, allowing it to meet the new regulations for the reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx), and a hybrid exhaust gas cleaning system for the abatement of sulphur oxide emissions (SOx). It is also equipped with a ballast water treatment unit, which will allow it to meet the future international regulations.

“With the deployment of the Grande Torino, our biggest car carrier vessel, the group’s fleet becomes even younger, more innovative and more efficient,” Emanuele Grimaldi, Managing Director of the Group, said.

Grande Torino will be employed on the weekly ro-ro service operated by the Grimaldi Group between the Mediterranean Sea and North America (Canada, United States and Mexico), along with the already operating Grande Halifax, Grande Baltimora and Grande New York.

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