Grimaldi orders two new ammonia ready car carriers

Grimaldi increased the number of car carriers designed for eventual conversion for the use of ammonia as a marine fuel.

Last January, the company signed an agreement with Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Company Limited (SWS) and China Shipbuilding Trading Company Limited (CSTC) for the construction of five PCTC ships.

In particular, the two more new vessels are Pure Car & Truck Carrier (PCTC). With a length of 200 meters, a width of 38 meters and loading capacity of 9,000 CEU, the new buildings have been designed to transport electric and fossil fuel vehicles as well as other types of heavy rolling freight (weighing up to 250 tons). They will be among the first ships equipped with a new type of electronic engine whose specific consumption is one of the lowest in its category. Thanks to their emission abatement systems, the new units will comply with the most stringent limits established at international level for CO2, NOx and SOx emissions.

In addition, the new ships received the Ammonia Ready class notation from RINA (Italian Shipping Register), which certifies that they may be converted for the use of ammonia as an alternative, zero-carbon fuel. They are designed for cold ironing with shoreside supply of electricity (where available), which constitutes a green alternative to the consumption of fossil fuels during port stays.

Investing in the design and construction of such large, eco-friendly vessels as these new ammonia-ready PCTC units means making a concrete contribution both to the development of international trade and to the ecological transition in the shipping sector.

..stated Group Managing Director Emanuele Grimaldi.

The delivery of the two newly ordered PCTCs is scheduled for 2026. Like their five sister vessels, they will be deployed on voyages between Europe, North Africa, the Near and Far East, to meet the transport demands of operators in the automotive industry.

Furthermore, on 24th January Grimaldi increased the number of car carriers designed for eventual conversion for the use of ammonia as a marine fuel.

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