New car carrier for Grimaldi
launched at Uljanik shipyard
And as GRANDE COLONIA takes
to the water, another one has her keel laid
A great number of visitors watched as Grimaldi's latest car carrier,
the GRANDE COLONIA, was launched at hte Uljanik shipyard at 2pm on
Saturday (21st July 2007)
The 12,500 dwt ship can carry 4350 cars and is the elventh in the
series for the Italian shipping firm.
In hot weather the ship was launched by Ms Maria Rosalia Marmo, wife
of Mr Pierluigi Marmo – the representative of the Grimaldi Group who
was also present at the launching with his colleagues .
There were also present Uljanik's representatives:
Mr Anton Brajković – President of Uljanik Group Board of Directors and
Mr Marinko Brgić – President of Uljanik Brodogradilište d.d. Managing
Board, while the welcome speech was made by Mr Silvan Kranjc – Member
of Uljanik Brodogradilište d.d. Managing Board.
In his speech he expressed his satisfaction that after a year Grimaldi
was cooperating again with Uljanik, and that in the years to follow
the cooperation would intensify due to the construction of seven
Ro-Ro car truck carriers.
Mr Kranjc also congratulated Uljanik's workers who had, under
extremely hard weather conditions, completed the work in time and
achieved a high degree of completion of the ship and quality.
The contract for GRANDE COLONIA was signed on 2nd March,2004 and
the keel was laid on 17th March,2007.
The ship has ten garage decks, having a total parking area of 36,542
sq. metres and she is the last of four identical ships built for the
The ship's length is 176.70 m, breadth 31.10 m, depth 28 m. She is
driven by an Uljanik/MAN-B&W main engine having an output of 11,060 kW
achieving a speed of max 20.3 knots.
After the launching , there was laid on the slipway the keel for Hull
No. 471 – the sixth 4,900 car-truck carrier of the series for Ray
Shipping having a deadweight of 12,300dwt.