Finnlines 70 years

Finnlines is a leading shipping operator of ro-ro and passenger services in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. The Company is a part of the Grimaldi Group, one of the world’s largest operators of ro-ro vessels and the largest operator of the Motorways of the Sea in Europe for both passengers and freight. This affiliation enables Finnlines to offer liner services to and from any destination in the Mediterranean, West Africa as well as the Atlantic coast of both North and South America.

The Company’s sea transports are concentrated in the Baltic and the North Sea. Finnlines’ passenger-freight vessels offer services from Finland to Germany and via the Åland Islands to Sweden, as well as from Sweden to Germany. The Company has subsidiaries or sales offices in Germany, Belgium, Great Britain, Sweden, Denmark and Poland. In addition to sea transportation, the Company provides port services in Helsinki and Turku, which are the most important seaports in Finland.


Finnish entrepreneurs found the shipping company “Oy Finnlines Ltd”, to take wood to Europe and North America.


The first vessel built just for Finnlines, MS Finntrader, makes its maiden voyage. MS Finnpulp, MS Finnmerchant and MS Finnsailor follow just two years later.


Finnlines provides its first passenger connection between Finland and Germany, on the MS Hansa Express, which carries 8,656 passengers, 1,291 cars and 415 lorries in just the first year.


MS Finnhansa, the first Finnish-made passenger ferry, begins operating the Travemünde-Helsinki route. Able to carry 1,700 passengers, she is the largest ferry on the Baltic Sea.


GTS Finnjet, the world’s largest and fastest ferry, conquers the Baltic Sea and captures the hearts of her passengers. GTS Finnjets carries passengers from Travemünde to Helsinki in just 22 hours, with service so good that guests say she is a “floating luxury hotel”. 1989 Finnlines begins shipping freight between Finland and Sweden. Passengers join this route in 2008.


The Clipper class ro-pax vessels MS Finnclipper, MS Finneagle and MS Finnfellow set sail and now connect Finland and Sweden.


Finnlines’ current flagships are launched, the most modern ro-pax ferries on the Baltic. These Star class vessels now connect Germany with Sweden and Finland.


The Grimaldi Group from Naples becomes Finnlines’ largest shareholder. We can now serve our freight customers on almost any ocean.


Finnlines invests 100 million euros in environmental technology, reducing the fleet’s fuel consumption by 8.3%. We also give our Star and Clipper class vessels a three million euro facelift. In 2016, the Grimaldi Group becomes the sole owner.