Italy-based shipping firm Grimaldi Group has signed a deal exceeding $500m with South Korea-based Hyundai Mipo Dockyard for the construction of six Ro/Ro ships.

The vessels will be delivered between 2023 and 2024.

The new units will replace older vessels of the Italian group and will provide services between North Europe and West Africa.

With a length of 250m, a beam of 38m, and a deadweight of 45,684t, the six G5-class vessels will have the capacity to carry approximately 4,700 linear metres of rolling freight, 2,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), and 2,500 car equivalent units (CEU).

The ships will be more evolved than the former G4 class, which was constructed by the same shipyard and was delivered to the group between 2014 and 2015.

While container capacity will be doubled in the new units, the capacity for rolling freight will remain the same compared to the previous G4-class vessels.

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Grimaldi said that the design of the ships has been finalised after studying the needs of the group and its clients.

The new ships will be equipped with modern technological solutions, which will reduce environmental impact and increase energy efficiency.

The auxiliary diesel generators and the main engine will comply with the NOx levels imposed by the Tier III regulation. In addition, the cohesive propulsion system between propeller and rudder will boost propulsive efficiency and reduce vortex losses and fuel consumption.

Furthermore, the ships will be equipped with variable frequency drive devices to control the electrical consumption of on-board machinery while the application of low friction paints will reduce the hull resistance.

Grimaldi said that compared to its other multipurpose RoRo ships, the G5-class units will reduce CO₂ emissions per tonne transported by up to 43%.

Neapolitan Group president Gianluca Grimaldi said: “The new series of RoRo multipurpose G5-class ships was designed to respond even more efficiently to the demand for quality transport services on deep-sea routes, reconciling the needs related to international freight traffic with that of protecting the environment.”