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Finnlines’ new hybrid ro-ro vessels are being built at the shipyard in 2022

New, innovative and energy-efficient

In order to meet customer expectations and to go beyond regulatory guidelines, Finnlines is constantly renewing and developing its fleet, using the latest technologies and innovations. The upcoming hybrid ro-ros and eco-efficient Superstar ro-paxes are the next step in the evolution of green shipping. All five ships will play an important role in the supply security chain.


Finnlines’ EUR 500 million Newbuilding Programme, which consists of three hybrid ro-ro vessels (Finneco I–III) and two eco-efficient ro-pax vessels (Finnsirius and Finncanopus), continues in China. Once all vessels have entered traffic, Finnlines can offer increased freight capacity and upgraded customer services. These new eco-efficient hybrid vessels will increase Finnlines’ energy efficiency and reduce emissions.

Economies of scale

Both vessel types will be larger than any in the existing Finnlines fleet. The ro-ro vessels will have nearly 40% and ro-pax around 20% more capacity for cargo than the largest vessels today. The number of passengers on the ro-pax vessels will double.

The ro-ro vessels will be 238 metres long with a cargo capacity of 5,800 lane metres. They will be Finnlines’ largest ro-ro vessels, capable of carrying about 300 trailers, 150 cars and 500 sea containers per sailing.

The Superstar ro-paxes will be 235 metres long and their loading capacity will be 5,200 lane metres for rolling freight. In practice the vessels can carry approximately 200 passenger cars and 290 trailers or 250 trucks per voyage.The maximum allowed number of passengers will be 1,100.

Evolution of Finnlines' ro-ro vessels, Annual report 2021
Evolution of Finnlines’ ro-ro vessels, Annual report 2021

“We continue to deploy larger and larger vessels in both ro-ro and ro-pax segments, thus creating better economies of scale.”

Giant leap in hybrid technology

Environmental aspects and sustainability are given high priority. The vessels are designed to be partially operated on battery power. The hybrid solution will reduce fuel consumption and allow zero emissions at berth. The noise during the stay in port will also decrease. The battery banks of 5 MWh will allow the use of stored electricity while in port. In addition, the ro-ro vessels will have solar panels and ro-pax vessels will be fitted with an onshore power connection.

Furthermore, the vessels will be equipped with air lubrication systems, and exhaust gas cleaning equipment to cut emissions.

The new vessels will help Finnlines to strengthen its market-leading position in its core business. In addition, the environmental footprint of each carried truck and trailer will reduce significantly from the current level. The new ships will meet higher environmental standards and with the extra capacity, Finnlines will support the sustainable growth of its customers.

Clean technology used in newbuildings

Finnlines’ new vessels will be using the latest technologies and innovations.

Battery banks

Lithium-ion battery systems to enable zero-emission operations and to reduce noise in port

Solar panels

600m2 of solar panels to produce clean electricity for users on board (Finneco trio)

Promas Lite

Promas Lite systems to increase energy efficiency

Air lubrication

An innovative air lubrication system to create bubble layers which will reduce friction and hydrodynamic resistance

Optimised hull

Optimised hull lines to optimise efficiency

Main engines

Main engines type and size carefully selected to achieve the lowest possible fuel oil consumption

Shore-side electricity

Use of shore-side electricity in port to reduce fuel consumption, emissions and noise (Superstar ro-paxes)

Automooring

Automooring to ensure faster mooring and efficient port operations (Superstar ro-paxes)