GRANDE TORINO is the first unit of a series of seven 7,700 CEU sister vessels ordered by the Neapolitan group from China’s Yangfan shipyard
The christening ceremony was held with a number of dignitaries and representatives from the customer base, and was televised. The event took place on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the start of the commercial relations between the Neapolitan Group and what is now FCA, when the first car carrier with the “Grimaldi Lines” livery was named WARRINGTON as a tribute to Fiat UK, whose headquarters were at that time in the homonymous city. The WARRINGTON was employed on the route between Italy and the United Kingdom transporting Fiat cars for the British market.
“Today we welcome the new flagship of our group for the transport of cars, which represents a further and significant step forward in the direction of an increasingly eco-friendly fleet, which guarantees truly sustainable maritime transport, declared Emanuele Grimaldi, pictured above.
“The name of the ship makes reference to the city where Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has its headquarters, thus honouring the long and fruitful partnership that has bound us for half a century to one of the most important car manufacturers in the world.”
GRANDE TORINO is the first unit of a series of seven sister vessels ordered by the Neapolitan group from the Yangfan shipyard. It has a length of 199.90m, a beam of 36.45m, a gross tonnage of 65,255gt and a service speed of 19 knots.
The ship, which flies the Italian flag, is one of the largest car carriers on the market, with an automobile intake of 7,700 CEU or, alternatively, 5,400 linear metres of rolling units and 2,737 CEU. With four hoistable decks, GRANDE TORINO is an extremely flexible vessel, able to load any type of rolling freight such as trucks, tractors, buses, excavators, etc., up to 5.3 m high.
The vessel is fitted with an electronically-controlled MAN main engine, allowing it to meet the new regulations for the reduction of NOx, as well as with a hybrid exhaust gas cleaning system for the abatement of SOx. It is also equipped with a ballast water treatment unit, which meets the most recent international regulations.
GRANDE TORINO will be employed on the weekly ro-ro service operated by the Grimaldi Group between the Mediterranean Sea and North America, serving the following ports: Gioia Tauro, Civitavecchia, Livorno, Savona (Italy), Valencia (Spain), Antwerp (Belgium), Halifax (Canada), Davisville, New York, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Houston (USA), Tuxpan and Veracruz (Mexico).