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Grimaldi-Naples Launches RoRo

Grande Amburgo projects trades the pair of oars for a pair of Cummins KTA50 M2 main engines supplied by Scott & English (Malaysia).

Each of the 50 liter engines is producing 1,600 hp continuous duty at 1,800 rpm to push the 142.5 ft. (43.5 m) by 16.4 ft. (five m) boat at 30 knots light and 28 knots in service.

Built at Sibu's only IS09001 certified shipyard, the Yong Choo Kui Shipyard, it follows several other Wong-designed and YCK-built vessels into owner SRN

Fast Seacrafts, Inc. fleet in Samboanga

City Philippines.

Named Wessam Express 6 the craft, which was delivered in July this year, has a steel hull and a double decked alu- minum superstructure with capacity for 228 passengers and seven crew. With a molded depth of 8.2 ft. (2.5 m) the ves- sel has a designed draft of only 4.8 ft. (1.45 m) allowing it to operate in a vari- ety of shallow harbors.

In addition to being the first Sibu ship- yard to achieve Lloyd's IS09001 certifi- cation. the Yong Choo Kui Shipyard was one of the first yards in Sibu to offer aluminum construction. Like Paul

Wong, Mr. Yong had humble begin- nings, but like Mr. Wong, he has not only built a significant career he contin- ues to be noted for innovation and pro- gressive thinking. As the shipyard's pro- motion video points out, the Malaysian skies of full of aircraft form the EU and the US. her highways are full of cars from Japan, but the seas, not only of

Malaysia, but of much of the world, are filling with the water craft from


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The launching ceremony for the

Grimaldi-Naples new RoRo occurred on

September 6 at Fincantieri with Iliana

Grimaldia. the wife of Emanuel

Grimaldi the managing director of

Grimaldi-Naples Group, serving as the vessel's Godmother. Grande Amburgo is the fifth of a series consisting of Grande

Europa, Gran Bretagna, Grande

Mediterraneo and Grande Francia all of which were built at Fincantieri's yard at

Castellammare di Stabia. In little more than five years and in addition to Grande

Amburgo, Grimaldi-Naples Group has ordered 12 ships from Fincantieri. These are Grande Nigeria and Grande Buenos

Aires from the Ancona yard and Grande

America, Grande Africa, Grande

Atlantico, Grande Argentina, Grande

Brasile and Grande San Paolo from the

Palermo yard. As an ultra large vessel of 56,000 tons, Grande Amburgo measures 702 ft. (214 m) with a beam of 105 ft. (32 m). 25,000 hp gives it a service speed of 19 knots.

The size of Grande Amburgo enables it to carry 2,500 cars as well as 2,500 lane m for heavy vehicles and 850 containers of 20 ft. all below deck. This capacity combined with two mobile decks, which can be adjusted for height depending on the type of load reflects the special

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