Finnlines has ordered three new green ro-ro vessels to respond to increasing demand for freight transport. The total investment is over EUR 200 million. The first ships are set for delivery in 2020–2021.
The ships have been designed in cooperation with Danish marine designer Knud E. Hansen and are to be built at the Chinese Jinling shipyard.
The new vessels will be 238 metres long with a cargo capacity of 5,800 lane metres. In addition, car decks have a capacity of 5,600 m2. The ships will have the highest Finnish-Swedish Super 1A ice class.
Vessels will be equipped with scrubbers and will produce zero emissions while in port, as the ships will be fitted with a high-powered battery bank.
Savings in fuel consumption will be achieved through the hull shape, the propeller-rudder system and the air lubrication system under the keel to reduce friction. The vessels will be among the most modern and environmentally friendly ships in the Baltic Sea.
“We are aiming for high energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. These vessels will offer us the lowest possible fuel consumption and exhaust emissions, which is in line with our investments in sustainable development. Over the last 10 years, we have invested more than a billion euros in renewal of vessels,” says Emanuele Grimaldi, President and CEO of Finnlines.