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Grimaldi Group’s advanced Ro-Ro vessels to utilise air lubrication

29 Aug 2018

Italian shipowner Grimaldi Group on Tuesday placed an order for Silverstream® air lubrication systems from Silverstream Technologies for 12 advanced hybrid Ro-Ro vessels that will be built over the next three years.  

The Silverstream® System produces a thin layer of micro-bubbles for the flat bottom of the vessel to reduce the frictional resistance between the water and the hull, improving operational and environmental efficiencies.

Silverstream expects that the system, which will last the lifetime of the new vessels, will reduce fuel consumption and associated emissions.

Grimaldi’s Green 5th Generation (GG5G) vessel project was conceived over the last year in conjunction with Danish naval architect Knud E Hansen.

The vessels will emit zero emissions in port following the installation of lithium batteries, and, in addition to Silverstream’s technology, will also be fitted with solar panels and scrubbers to further reduce emissions.

“I am pleased that the Silverstream® System will form the centrepiece of our pioneering new Ro-Ro vessels,” said Emanuele Grimaldi, Managing Director, Grimaldi Group.

“The GG5G project always set out to create a new paradigm in ship design and demonstrate to the whole industry what is possible in terms of driving sustainability with proven solutions already on the market.

“In signing this deal with Silverstream, we have shown that a more sustainable future for shipping is not just possible, but is closely within our grasp.”

The Grimaldi Group expects the first of the new vessels to be completed in May 2020 and become operational by Q3 2020 on Mediterranean ro-ro trade routes. 

Photo credit: Silverstream Technologies
Published: 29 August, 2018

 

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