Kongsberg Maritime has received an order from Italian shipping company Grimaldi Group to provide engineering and technology for two new roll-on-roll-off (Ro-Ro) vessels.

Expected to be delivered in 2025, the two new 7,800-line metre (LM) ships will be constructed at China Merchant Jinling Shipyard.

Under the Nkr220m ($21.5m) contract, Kongsberg will deliver the marine automation system, as well as Auto Chief 600 propulsion control systems, hybrid systems and converters.

The company will also supply manoeuvring and propulsion systems along with battery energy storage of 5MWh and a battery management system.

Both ships will be designed to run in hybrid mode, as well as on a full battery electric system when in port.

The new vessels will be part of the Grimaldi Green Fifth Generation (GG5G) class, which is Grimaldi’s fleet of low-emission, hybrid Ro-Ro vessels.

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With the new Eco Italia, which was delivered last October, the class now includes 12 vessels.

The GG5G vessels are said to lower carbon dioxide emissions by half per unit transported on shorter routes, stated Kongsberg.

They are claimed to be some of the largest Ro-Ro ships across the globe for short-route journeys with a gross tonnage of 64,000, length of 238m and beam of 34m.

Kongsberg Maritime president Lisa Edvardsen Haugan said: “Continuation of these vessels represents the future of commercial maritime vessels, incorporating practical hybrid technology that allows major cuts in carbon emissions.

“We have been developing integrated solutions for hybrid propulsion for years, reducing CapEx costs for shipowners and OpEx for operators, while ensuring high-performance standards in battery-electric operation.”

Last November, Kongsberg Maritime won an order from Pelagic Wind Services to offer advanced vessel design and equipment for two new construction service offshore vessels (CSOVs).