Award to the naval architect KNUD E. HANSEN for Eco Valencia:
As on of the largest short-sea ro-ro ships in the world, ECO VALENCIA includes many innovative and ground-breaking features to reduce the environmental footprint.
First and foremost, the vessel is a hugely efficient trailer carrier, able to transport up to 500 trailers on 7,800 lanemetres. Hoistable car decks are also provided for an optimum mix of new vehicles and trailers. The decks are inter-corrected by a series of fixed and hoistable internal ramps, giving Grimaldi Lines the possibility to efficiently load and discharge ro-ro cargo in a multi-port itinerary. As the first hybrid ro-ro cargo vessel, a large 5MWh battery pack forms part of the Kongsberg-supplied hybrid system, allowing the vessel to be emissions-free while manoeuvring or in port.
A hull air lubrication system has been supplied by Silverstream Technologies, proven to reduce fuel consumption by 6 per cent and the crew accommodation deck is covered by a large solar cell array.
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