Grimaldi’s green challenge: zero impact emissions in ports
The Neapolitan shipowner illustrated his new recipe to ensure sustainable stops of ships at quays in Civitavecchia, aboard the Cruise Roma unit lengthened by Fincantieri in Palermo
Civitavecchia (Rome) – During the award ceremony of the 12th edition of the Mare Nostrum journalism Awards held on the cruise ferry Cruise Roma – which was lengthened by Fincantieri in Palermo – Manuel Grimaldi launched his green challenge.
The Neapolitan shipowner illustrated his new plan to ensure sustainable stops of ships at quays before several stakeholders, including Civitavecchia Port Authority President Francesco Maria di Majo and Barcelona Port Authority President Mercè Conesa – who also signed a bilateral agreement to strengthen commercial flows between their ports – director general of the Italian Ministry of Transports Mauro Coletta, Confitarma director general Luca Sisto, Civitavecchia Mayor Ernesto Tedesco and Lazio Maritime Directorate Commander Vincenzo Leone, as well as many guests.
“This is the ferry with the highest electrical power worldwide, ensuring zero pollution during stops in ports”, Grimaldi started off.
“It is not true that scrubbers (the favourite technical solution for the Neapolitan fleet in order to comply with the strict IMO regulations governing the limitation of harmful emissions, which will enter into force shortly, ed.) pollute the sea! As shown by studies carried out in Japan and in Europe, and by the IMO itself, sodium in the sea, combined with sulphur, produces small quantities of sulfate, which is largely present in the sea. Therefore, this is a harmless solution which does not damage the environment”.
In particular, 4 scrubbers installed to purify exhaust gas in order to reduce sulphur emissions up to 0.1% in mass – equal to 5 times better than what will be provided for by the new IMO regulation to be enforced in January 2020 – can reduce particulate by 80%.
Grimaldi focused on the modern lithium batteries allowing the unit Cruise Roma to keep electricity generators running in ports without consuming fuel, therefore with zero environmental impact.
“With an investment of almost 50 million euro for each cruise-ferry – which amounts to a total of 100 million, including the sister ship Cruise Barcelona deployed on the same maritime route between Lazio and Catalonia – in order to lengthen their hulls, to equip them with scrubbers and to install the new lithium batteries, we achieved significant goals”.
Following the insertion of a 29 meters section, the cruise ferry is 254 meters long, with a 63,000 gross tonnage. Its 499 cabins and 600 reclining seats can welcome 3,500 passengers (1,994 beds), while its 3 restaurants have a capacity of 850 people (280 more than before, thanks to the new “Family self-service”). Its 3,000 sm bridge has a capacity of 271 cars, while 3,700 linear meters are devoted to 210 heavy vehicles.
Former Confitarma president pointed out that the additional 900 sm obtained from the 30 meters section added to the hull must be multiplied by the number of all the bridges of the ship (a dozen) in order to achieve a capacity increase of 25%. “Since the rise in emissions due to the increase in tonnage amounts to only 2%, jumboization is the cheapest solution to protect the environment. As a matter of fact, the lengthening reduces unitary emissions, which are measured in transported tons per miles”.
Grimaldi also warned about the use of cold ironing: “Before defining it as an eco-friendly measure, it must be ascertained whether this electricity is generated by coal-fired power stations because, if it is, the pollution problem is not solved…”
The new batteries supplying the ship when it is moored at quay produce a 5 megawatt power, which are enough to ensure full autonomy for 4 hours. “Batteries recharge during navigation in approximately 4-5 hours”.
“Thanks to our complex state-of-the-art solutions, we will be able to reduce the hydrodynamic impact of the keel. This will be the great novelty for our dozen of newbuildings under construction in China.
Moreover, Fincantieri is interested in building the future Superstar Class 4 ro-pax series, and the order for the first two units should be placed after the summer”, the Neapolitan shipowner concluded.
5 + 1 prize winners at the Mare Nostrum Awards
The awarding ceremony of the 12th edition of the International Journalism Mare Nostrum Awards – granted by the Grimaldi Magazine Mare Nostrum and sponsored by the Italian Council of the Association of Journalists – was held in Civitavecchia aboard the unit Cruise Roma, the flagship of Grimaldi Group’s fleet, and it was hosted by television presenter Massimo Giletti.
The international jury, chaired by the famous tv journalist Bruno Vespa and coordinated by maritime press expert Luciano Bosso, awarded 5 prizes for a total amount of 50,000 euro to three foreign journalists ((Francisco Alcaide, Spain; Sarra Belguith, Tunisia; Giorgos Grigoriadis, Greece) and two Italian ones (Aldo Torchiaro and Rosa Maria Delli Quadri).
On this occasion, journalist Sergio Luciano – editor in chief of the monthly magazine Economy, published by the Grimaldi Group – was awarded the special prize “Cavaliere del Lavoro Guido Grimaldi”, granted by the family in memory of the founder of the Neapolitan group.
Civitavecchia and Barcelona signed an agreement for a new intermodal Spain-Greece TEN-T corridor
Northern-Central Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority President Francesco Maria di Majo and Barcelona Port Authority President Mercè Conesa y Pagès signed the memorandum of understanding on the ro-pax Cruise Roma (Grimaldi Lines).
The long-term collaboration agreement aims at strengthening relations between two Mediterranean ports, which have been connected through a daily service operated by Grimaldi for decades. Since then, they developed many projects and initiative, from the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping to the recent European project BClink: MoS for the future, co-financed by the European Commission in 2017 within the CEF Connecting Europe Facility, aiming at improving and creating infrastructures in both ports in order to increase the capacity of their respective land and maritime installations.
In Civitavecchia, the works for the creation of a new wharf, with 2 new moorings for Ro-Ro vessels, will start soon, while in Barcelona the Contradique pier – currently used for solid bulk cargoes – will be devoted to the Motorways of the Sea.
“The MoU aims at increasing commercial exchanges between Spain and Italy in order to renew the strategic role of Mediterranean ports within the trans-European transport network”, Port Authority President di Majo explained. “Together with the Barcelona Port Authority, we undertook to favour the creation of a new intermodal TEN-T corridor connecting Spain to the Balkans or to Greece through the maritime connection between the ports of Civitavecchia and Barcelona, as well as Adriatic ports along the Croatian or Greek coast.
This is a very important stage for the Motorways of the Sea. We established a strong synergy with Barcelona. thus favouring the development of commercial traffics, also in the fruit and vegetables sector following the agreements entered into with the Roman Agri-food Centre (CAR) and the agreement signed by the two main Italian and Spanish agri-food markets, CAR and Mercabarna. Thanks to the BClink project, these traffics will be strengthened further, with special focus on the protection of the environment”.
Together with the Catalan APB, the Lazio Port Authority will carry out an in-depth study of the socio-economic advantages in terms of negative externalities cost savings. Said advantages result from the transfer or road transports to ships (which as concerns Italian-Spanish traffics mainly travelled across Sothern France and Northern Italy), thus determining a reduction of costs related to road accidents, noise emissions, traffic congestions, emissions into air which – according to estimates – allows to save several dozens of millions euro”, di Majo concluded.