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Saturday, October 6, 2018 

Grimaldi Group CEO Emanuele Grimaldi has confirmed that 12 state-of-the-art ecoships will join the Italian company’s fleet in the next few years, as part of an extensive fleet expansion programme.

Speaking at the XXII Euromed Convention From Land to Sea, the international summit organised yearly by the Grimaldi Group, during which he outlined a number of projects under the Motorways of the Sea initiative, Grimalidi said the planned newbuilds will be “the new flagships of the world fleet for freight transport, both for their size and for their technological equipment”.

Of the twelve vessels planned, seven are Pure Car & Truck Carriers scheduled for delivery by 2020 for the Group’s transoceanic services. Grimaldi also confirmed the lengthening of its cruise ferries Cruise Roma and Cruise Barcelona, which will be completed in 2019.

In addition to the investment in new tonnage, Grimaldi announced a “green retrofit intervention” across the whole Grimaldi fleet. This will include the application of silicon hull coatings, a review of propulsion systems and the installation of scrubber systems.

The investments are intended to meet anticipated demand for increased passenger and cargo capacity. The Group’s passenger sector, served by vessels under the Grimaldi Lines, Minoan Lines and Finnlines brands, is forecast to carry 2 million more passengers in 2019, increasing the 3 million transported in in 2017 to 5 million,

Currently, Grimaldi Group has 19 vessels under construction and six vessels were brought into service in 2018.

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