The Grande Halifax is deployed on the Mediterranean-North America weekly service.
Godmother of the new vessel is Karen Oldfield, president and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority, who broke a bottle of Champagne on the vessel during a ceremony at the port.
Built at the Chinese shipyards of Jinling, the Grande Halifax has a length of 199.90 meters, a width of 32.26 meters, a gross tonnage of 63,000 tons and a cruising speed of 19 knots. Italian-flagged, the vessel can carry 6,700 car equivalent units or 4,000 linear meters of rolling freight and 2,500 CEUs.
The Grande Halifax is equipped with four hoistable decks, which make it a flexible vessel able to transport any type of rolling cargo with a height of up to 5.2 meters. In addition, the vessel has a side ramp and a quarter stern ramp, the latter allowing the loading of freight with a weight up to 150 tons.
The vessel is fitted with an electronically controlled main engine that allows it to comply with new regulations for reducing NOX emissions, while the installed scrubber reduces sulfur oxide emissions. The Grande Halifax also is equipped with a ballast water treatment unit that will allow it to meet future international regulations.
The Grande Halifax, together with four PCTCs, is deployed on the Mediterranean-North America weekly ro/ro service operated by the Grimaldi Group and serving the ports of Halifax, Davisville, New York, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Houston, Tuxpan, Veracruz, Antwerp, Valencia, Savona, Livorno, Salerno and Gioia Tauro.