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Reducing emissions

We continue to focus on improving our productivity, for instance through fleet renewal and route optimisation. Our investments in sustainable shipping will help us to improve our performance.

What will we do? Our key actions to improve energy efficiency

  • Our significant EUR 500-million investment programme will further increase Finnlines’ energy efficiency and reduce emissions as well as it will provide perfect tools to respond to future customer needs and requirements. The programme consists of three green hybrid ro-ro and two eco-friendly Superstar ro-pax vessels. The ro-ro vessels are expected to be delivered during 2021-2022 and the Superstar ro-pax vessels are set to start in traffic in 2023. 
  • Ballast water is used to trim and stabilise ships, but it may carry harmful aquatic species and out-compete native species, disrupting fragile marine ecosystems. In accordance with the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention ships must be fitted with treatment equipment during a transitional period. Finnlines has started with installations, which will be completed in 2023.
  • We continue to improve fuel efficiency. This means speed reduction, optimisation of schedules and running on optimal speed, load and trim. Our professional personnel play a very important role in reaching this goal.

Smart technology in new vessels

  • Battery banks: Lithium-ion battery systems to enable zero-emission operations and to reduce noise in port
  • Promas Lite Systems: to increase energy efficiency
  • Main engines: type and size carefully selected to achieve the lowest possible specific fuel oil consumption
  • Optimised hull lines: to optimise energy efficiency
  • An innovative air lubrication system: to create bubble layers which will reduce friction and hydrodynamic resistance
  • Shore-side electricity: to reduce fuel consumption, emissions and noise in port

What have we already done

  • We have systematically invested over EUR 1 billion in our fleet and operations during the past decade. Investments have included construction of new vessels and development of port operations.
  • In 2017, we completed an EUR 100-million environmental programme, which included the installation of emission abatement systems to meet the more stringent environmental regulations. The "scrubbers" remove harmful impurities from the ships’ exhaust gases. Other efforts to improve our environmental performance consisted of changing propeller blades and rudders. We achieved energy savings by reblading nine ships and fitting six with bulb rudders, which reduce water resistance. 
  • In 2018, we completed an EUR 70-million programme when six of our ro-ro vessels were lengthened. The capacity increase of 30%  reduces energy consumption, as well as emissions, per transported cargo unit.
  • Micro-organisms, algae and vegetation may grow on the underwater hull of ships, increasing water resistance and fuel consumption. During the open water season the underwater hull is cleaned regurlarly to reduce friction and to cut fuel consumption. Silicone anti-fouling has been applied on two ships, which operate in the ice-free Southern Baltic.