BIGGER, GREENER, FASTER WITH A NEW GENERATION OF VESSELS, THE GRIMALDI GROUP BUILDS ON ITS LONG HISTORY IN THE PORT OF HALIFAX By Tom Peters The Grimaldi Group has added
a third, new vessel to its ro/ro service between the Mediterranean and North America. Grande Halifax joins sister ships Grande New York and Grande Baltimora calling on Autoport in Eastern Passage. The Grimaldi Group has long been active in the Port of Halifax through its parent company of Atlantic Container Lines (ACL), which calls at the Fairview Cove Terminal operated by Ceres Halifax. ACL has been calling Halifax continuously since 1970. Grimaldi, based in Naples, Italy, is a multinational logistics group specializing in roll-on/roll-off vessels, car carriers,
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and ferries. It’s a dedicated supplier of integrated logistics services based on maritime transport to the world’s major vehicle manufacturers. The company began calling Autoport in 2015 with the vessel Grande Napoli after it signed a stevedore agreement with Halterm Container Terminal Ltd. It has since added the three new vessels. The Chinese shipyard of Jinling in Nanjing built the ships, including Grande Halifax, which is named for the Port. The vessels are pure car and truck carriers, each 200 metres long and 32 metres wide, with a gross tonnage of 63,000 and a cruising speed of 19 knots.
GRANDE NEW YORK IS ONE OF THREE NEW GRIMALDI RO/RO CARRIERS CALLING ON HALIFAX.