The last of the seven PCTC (Pure Car & Truck Carrier) ships ordered from the Chinese shipyard Yangfan in Zhoushan was delivered to the Grimaldi group yesterday. Greater California, like its six sister units already in service, is one of the largest and most environmentally friendly car carriers in the world.
With a length of 199.9 m and a width of 36.45 m, the Greater California has a gross tonnage of 65,255 and a service speed of 19 knots. The Italian flag vessel can carry around 7,600 CEUs (Car Equivalent Units) or, alternatively, 5,400 linear meters of rolling stock and 2,737 CEUs.
With its four lifting bridges, the Greater California is a flexible ship: in addition to cars, it is capable of transporting all types of rolling freight up to 5.3 m high. Side ramp and rear quarter ramp allow loading of cargo units weighing up to 150 tons, while its 12-deck configuration and internal ramp system minimize the risk of cargo damage during operations loading and unloading.
When it comes to environmental sustainability, the Greater California is a state-of-the-art vessel equipped with scrubbers that allow it to reduce harmful emissions and achieve high energy efficiency. These include an electronically controlled MAN Energy Solutions main engine, as required by the new regulations for the reduction of nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions.
“Expanding our fleet with large, modern and environmentally friendly vessels such as the Grande California means being able to offer ever more efficient transportation services, not only for our customers but also for the environment,” said Emanuele Grimaldi, General Manager of the Neapolitan Shipping Company. “15 new highly innovative vessels will be delivered to our group in the coming years, and we continue to invest in research and development to constantly increase the quality of our offer while reducing the environmental impact of our operations. We will move forward in this direction, convinced that it is the right choice ”.
Once arrived from China, the Greater California will be deployed to further strengthen the weekly ro-ro link operated by the Grimaldi Group between Europe, the Mediterranean and North America, regularly serving 15 ports in Italy, Spain, Belgium, Canada, the United States and Mexico.