Grimaldi Group’s ‘Great Abidjan’ delivered in South Korea


The 45,684dwt Great Abidjan has joined the Grimaldi Group’s growing modern fleet, the fourth of six multipurpose ro-ro newbuilds belonging to the innovative ‘G5’ class and commissioned from the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. Ltd shipyard in Ulsan (South Korea).

The naming and delivery event was attended by Diego Pacella, President of Grimaldi Deep Sea S.p.A., Amelia Grimaldi and the Italian shipping company’s Euromed & Far East/Europe Line Manager Luigi Pacella Grimaldi. Hyung Kwan Kim, Eui Sung Yoon and Sang Ho Jin – respectively President, EVP and VP of Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. Ltd – represented the shipyard at the event. The Italian Ambassador to Seoul, Emilia Gatto, acted as the godmother of the vessel.

With length of 250 metres and beam of 38 metres, the design of the Great Abidjan is the result of a careful study of the needs of the Group and its customers. Thanks to an innovative and completely customised internal configuration, the G5-class ships are able to transport 4,700 linear metres of rolling freight, 2,500 CEU (Car Equivalent Units) and 2,000 TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Units).

Compared to the previous G4-class, the new vessels have the same capacity for rolling freight while their container capacity is double.

In addition to loading capacity, the Great Abidjan stands out on account of her numerous cutting-edge, technological solutions aimed at increasing energy efficiency and reducing environmental impact. As a result, the vessel enables a reduction of CO2 emissions per tonne transported of up to 43% compared to other Grimaldi con-ro multipurpose ships.

“The Great Abidjan is the outcome of a long and fruitful co-operation with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard which may continue in the future for the renewal of our existing fleet”, stated Diego Pacella, President of Grimaldi Deep Sea S.p.A. “Named after a port that has been regularly included in the routes served by our Group for years, the vessel will be deployed, like her three sister vessels already in operation, on our deepsea connections between Northern Europe and West Africa.”