Knud E Hansen has signed a contract with Nanjing Jinling Shipyard, China, to develop the basic design of a number of large Ro-Ro vessels, in concert with Grimaldi.
The new vessels, the first of which is expected to be delivered in 2020, will have a length of 238 metres, a beam of 34 metres and a gross tonnage of 64,000 tonnes. They will be able to transport over 7,800 lane metres of rolling units, equivalent to approximately 500 trailers.
The design of the newbuilds was developed by the Technical and Energy Saving Department of the Grimaldi Group together with Knud E Hansen in close cooperation with the shipyard.
The vessels will use electricity in port, courtesy of large lithium batteries, thus guaranteeing zero emissions whilst at berth. These batteries will be recharged during navigation, through shaft generators adding the so-called peak shaving system, and with the aid of 600m2 of solar panels.