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Finland’s seaway to the world

– the most environmentally friendly transport form

For more than 70 years Finnlines has been Finland’s bridge to Central Europe. The Company transports over one million tons of cargo and hundreds of thousands of passengers every year.  The environmentally friendly and modern fleet transports both cargo and passengers safely, efficiently, and responsibly to their destination.

Approximately 90% of Finland’s export and import is transported via seaways and particularly for processed goods frequent liner traffic is important. Finnlines’ ro-pax service combines cargo and passenger traffic in an eco-efficient way and the high utilisation rate in routes and vessels guarantees the possibility to travel in a sustainable and responsible way.

The ro-pax vessels on Finnlines’ Helsinki–Travemünde route (MS Finnstar, MS Finnlady, and MS Finnmaid) started in traffic in 2006–2007. These vessels were designed to provide a fast connection from Continental Europe to Finland so that, for instance, various fresh products could be brought to the consumers as quickly and as fresh as possible.

The new vessels and the timetable tailor-made for fresh product trans-ports have among other things enabled many customers to move from driving via Sweden and to change from lorry traffic to trailer traffic (meaning transporting a semi-trailer without the tractor). “This change has reduced the number of drivers onboard and consequently we have gotten additional capacity for leisure passengers,” Kielo Vesikko, Head of Passenger Services and Line Manager HansaLink at Finnlines, says.

The route is in key position in the

trailer traffic between

Finland and Germany.

Approximately 40% of lorries and trailers in German traffic in and out of Fin-land travel on this Helsinki–Travemünde route, so the route is in key position in the trailer traffic between Finland and Germany. “The use of capacity varies during the year, but the strength in Finnlines’ ro-pax concept lies in the fact that when during the summer the cargo amounts decrease slightly, the number of passengers increases,” Vesikko says.

Sensitive Baltic Sea

Finnlines operates on ecologically sensitive sea areas. By continuously investigating and testing energy saving innovations and planning better processes, Finnlines does its part in supporting the well-being of the Baltic Sea. “We are in the midst of two new construction projects; in the next few years we are adding three new ro-ro vessels and two new ro-pax vessels in our traffic. We are utilising the latest technology in the construction and, for instance, in passenger services environmental values will be included in the customer experience,” Vesikko says.

Calculator for assessing emissions

The passengers and customers will see concrete examples of Finnlines’ work for the environment. The Company wants to improve the transparency and comparability of emissions on the voyages and is developing an advanced calculator based on actual cargo, passenger and fuel data (MRV, 2018).

In addition to this, Finnlines is also thinking of ways how environmentally conscious passengers could compensate or reduce the emissions resulting from their journey. The goal is to design a system where the fee is automatically transferred to environmental actions and to supporting sustainable development like carbon sinks or advancing the planning for sustainable energy.