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Steady environmental work is part of Finnlines’ daily operations
Shipping has a huge overall environmental impact. The sector is governed by several laws and regulations. Complying with them is our priority, and we want Finnlines’ environmental work to meet the regulations in the sector without any compromises. Our goal is to develop our fleet and make it even more environmentally friendly. We also monitor the environmental impact of all our operations and services with an ISO 14001 standard-compliant environmental system.
Precise planning of routes and timetables is a practical way in which we reduce ship emissions. We also reduce emissions while sailing by optimising the speed, load and trim of the ship.
In the coming years, Finnlines will enhance its fleet with five new ships. Environmental requirements have played an important role in their design. These new ships will reduce the carbon footprint further. Three of them are ro-ro vessels with a hybrid system that uses green technology, and the other two are next-generation Superstar ro-pax vessels. The first ships in each series are expected to start operating between 2021 and 2023.
Combining cargo with passenger traffic for environmental efficiency
Marine traffic is about much more than transporting passengers. Up to 90% of the world’s commercial goods are transported by sea. According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), it is the most environmentally friendly mode of transport. Shipping as more of transport only creates approximately 2.6% of the world’s greenhouse emissions, figures are similar to the emissions from global air traffic.
Shipping is extremely important to the industry and economy. Approximately 90% of Finnish exports and 80% of imports are transported by sea. Liner shipping service with frequent departures is especially crucial for processed products, such as foodstuffs.
Ships with a higher utilisation rate are also more environmentally efficient. The best results are achieved by combining passenger traffic with cargo transport. This is exactly what Finnlines’ ro-pax service does. The high utilisation rate of the routes and vessels makes sustainable and responsible travel possible.