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Environmental responsibility – the Finnlines way

Finnlines is committed to long-term efforts for the environment. Environmental responsibility is part of the daily operations of the Company and includes everyday actions – like timetable and route planning or running on optimal speed, load and trim.

In the last decade, Finnlines has steered its investments towards advancing sustainable development. Finnlines began installing emission abatement systems years ago and has installed propeller blades that increase energy efficiency. Over the years, passenger capacity has also been increased on various routes and during 2017–2018, the Company lengthened six ro-ro vessels. In addition, Finnlines is now investing over EUR 500 million more on three new ro-ro vessels and two new Superstar series ro-pax vessels.

“For decades now, we have acted according to the principles of sustainable development. This spring we have pondered what environmental responsibility means to us. We have calculated route-specific carbon dioxide emissions and we will continue the specification by establishing metrics and new environmental goals. We are also planning concrete tools for the customers in regard to the environment,” Tom Pippingsköld, CFO of Finnlines says.

“The emissions of the Finnlines fleet have decreased while capacities have increased. Finnlines has placed bigger and bigger vessels in both ro-pax and ro-ro traffics resulting in economies of scale. All this as well as optimising our daily operations has enhanced the use of our fleet and operations all the while considering various environmental views.”

Sustainable development

Finnlines complies with the principles of sustainable development and considers its social responsibility as well as economic and environmental views in all operations. In order to strengthen and clarify its environmentally responsible work, Finnlines has introduced the UN principles of sustainable development to its operations and is committed to supporting these goals in the Company’s operations.

From Finnlines’ point of view there are five essential goals. These goals have been derived from Finnlines’ values and strategy, where the three key elements are growing together with customers, increasing efficiency of capital employed on its fleet, and continuing investing in sustainable development.

“It is important to Finnlines to continuously develop our operations and these defined goals will take our actions to a new level. We will specify these goals this year,” Pippingsköld says.

Clear emission goals

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) set an ambitious goal in April 2018 to reduce CO2 emissions and stop global warming. The goal is to reduce the emissions in seafaring by at least 50% by 2050 compared to the level of 2008. “Finnlines supports the IMO’s decision to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from vessels. This goal will be important in providing the frame for developing our own processes. Various actions are needed in technology, operations and green energy,” Pippingsköld says.

The emissions of the Finnlines fleet

have decreased while capacities

have increased.


Efficient reductions in emissions

Finnlines has invested in the energy efficiency of its fleet in several ways over the last few years. In 2018, six ro-ro vessels were lengthened and additionally various actions have been taken to reduce energy consumption. “From an environmental point of view, the lengthening of vessels has been an excellent way of increasing energy efficiency. In comparison to the original vessel, the 30% increase in capacity decreases energy consumption per transport unit. Other efforts to reduce energy consumption include changing of propeller blades, timetable planning, route optimisations and optimising speed, load and trim. In open water season the base of the vessel is cleaned every three weeks which reduces friction and thus improves energy efficiency,” Pippingsköld recounts.

“In addition to the actions already taken, we have ordered three green ro-ro vessels. Different innovations in environmental technology improve the energy efficiency of the vessels and reduce emissions. We are also in the process of ordering two new passenger-cargo vessels and the goal is of course to develop an even more energy efficient vessel.”

Finnlines has reduced its CO2 emissions by 30% compared to 2008. “We are determined to continue fulfilling our strategy. We have a deep understanding of our operations and we can assure that environmental aspects will continue to have a strong impact on all our actions,” Pippingsköld says.