The Grimaldi Group ordered five Ro-Ro Multipurpose Car Carriers for its Atlantic Services
. The order was placed with Hyundai Mipo
Dockyard of Ulsan, South Korea
, and its value is at around $430 million.
The first ship is scheduled to enter service in spring 2010, with the others following at a few months interval one from each other, between 2010 and 2011. They are almost identical sisters of another 5 ships contracted with Uljanik Yard of Croatia
, which are slated for delivery in 2008 and 2009. In line with the Grimaldi Group strategy, these new ships will be highly flexible in terms of cargo mix.
At 25,000-dwt and with a service speed of 21 knots, each of the new vessels will be able to take on board up to 2,000 linear metres of Ro/Ro cargo, 2,000 cars and up to 800 TEU of containers. Ships will be fitted with a pair of own 40-ton cranes to handle containers, project and oversized cargo, while the stern ramp has been designed to allow the loading of piece of cargo of up to 250-ton of weight.
Commented Gianluca Grimaldi, Group Co-managing director: “This order confirms the Group commitment to invest heavily to keep at the maximum level the overall quality of services and the costumer satisfaction –-. With 10 new large, state-of-the-art ships set to enter in service, we will be able to strengthen our leadership position on the Atlantic Ro/Ro marketplace by improving the frequency offered on all the routes part of the network. These new ships further improve the average age of its fleet, which is currently under 8 years”, he said.
The Grimaldi Group Atlantic
Network of services, comprises a set of regular line connections between North Europe
; North Europe / South America; East Coast of United States of America
/ West Africa; as well as South America / West Africa. In all of these Ro/Ro routes the Group is the undisputed market leader.
Atlantic Container Line (ACL), one of the Group’s companies, is the leading Ro/Ro operator on the Atlantic routes
between Europe and North America.
In addition to the 10 ships mentioned, the Group’s order book includes six amongst Cruise Ferries and Ro/Ro-Passenger ships ordered with Italy’s Fincantieri and one Pure Car Truck Carrier (PCTC) to be delivered by Uljanik. The Group’s Finnish subsidiary Finnlines has two large Ro/Ro-Passenger ships under construction at Fincantieri.