Grimaldi chooses Silverstream air lubrication for its new green vessels
The system will be installed on 12 state of the art ro-ro part of the GG5G project
Silverstream Technologies, has signed a major new deal with Grimaldi Group Spa.
The agreement will see Silverstream® System, the pioneers of air lubrication technology for the shipping industry’s proprietary air lubrication technology, installed on 12 cutting-edge hybrid ro-ro vessels that are being built over next three years. The technology, which produces a thin layer of micro-bubbles for the flat bottom of the vessel, will be an integral part of the new design’s portfolio of emissions and fuel reduction measures. Air lubrication reduces 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. The Italian shipping group expects first vessel to be completed in May 2020 and be operational by third quarter 2020 in the Mediterranean.