During a short ceremony held at the Chinese shipyards of Jinling in Nanjing (China), the Pure Car & Truck Carrier Grande Halifax was delivered to the Grimaldi Group.
It is the last of a series of three sister units, ordered by the Neapolitan group from the Jinling shipyards (Grande New York pictured).
The Grande Halifax has a length of 199,90 metres, a width of 32,26 metres, a gross tonnage of 63,000 and a cruising speed of 19 knots. Italian-flagged, the vessel can carry 6,700 CEU (Car Equivalent Units) or alternatively 4,000 linear meters of rolling freight and 2,500 CEU. The Grande Halifax is equipped with four hoistable decks which make her an extremely flexible vessel, able to transport any type of rolling cargo (cars, vans, trucks, tractors, buses, excavators, etc.) up to 5.2 metres high.
In addition, for the access of freight into the vessel, the Grande Halifax has a side ramp and a quarter stern ramp, the latter allowing the loading of freight with a weight up to 150 tons. The configuration of the various decks and the system for the internal ramps reduce the risk of damage during the loading / unloading operations to a minimum.
“Thanks to the arrival of the Grande Halifax, the program of expansion of the car carrier fleet of our Group continues without interruption”, declared Emanuele Grimaldi, Managing Director of the Grimaldi Group. “After this first order, our fleet will be soon further upgraded with the delivery of an additional seven vessels, which will be the biggest car carriers on the market”, he concluded.
From an environmental point of view, the Grande Halifax is an advanced technology vessel. She is fitted with an electronically-controlled (Man Diesel & Turbo) main engine that allows her to comply with the new regulations for reducing NOx emissions, while the installed scrubber reduces sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions. Moreover, she is equipped with a ballast water treatment unit which will allow her to meet the future international regulations.
The Grande Halifax will be deployed on the Mediterranean-North America weekly service operated by the Group, joining her sister vessels Grande Baltimora and Grande New York.