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Building together – the companies behind the vessels

The newbuilding programme is a collaborative project and in addition to the shipyards it will engage several suppliers.

In total, Finnlines has ordered three hybrid ro-ro vessels and two Superstar ro-pax vessels. The new ro-ro vessel, the first of which is expected to be delivered in 2021, will represent a very eco-friendly and energy-efficient ship by using the latest technology. Our largest, most innovative and greenest ship yet, Superstar ro-pax vessels are expected to start in operation in 2023. 

Best technical expertise for newbuildings

The world’s greenest ro-ro vessels have been designed in cooperation with the Nordic marine designer Knud E. Hansen. Construction of the first of the three new hybrid ro-ro vessels has started at the Chinese Nanjing Jinling Shipyard. The shipyard is one of the world’s most prolific builders of short-sea ro-ro vessels and has delivered hundreds of large vessels to more than 20 countries and regions worldwide with high reputation. Finnlines has had a good cooperation with Nanjing Jinling Shipyard in the past, as its six latest ro-ro ves-sels, delivered in 2012–2013, were ordered from the same shipyard.

The hybrid ro-ro’s will be fitted with Wärtsilä’s Hybrid Power Conversion system and together with Corvus Energy’s ESS the approach enables zero-emission operations in port. The vessels will be equipped with MAN Energy Solutions’ two-stroke propulsion package and energy-efficient engines and they will enable a 100% increase in efficiency.

The order of two large Superstar ro-pax vessels was finalized in December 2019. The Superstar ro-pax concept plan design was implemented in close co-operation with Grimaldi, Finnlines and Nordic marine designer, Knud E. Hansen. Finland-based naval architect Deltamarin was chosen to design the details of the 5,100lm ro-pax vessels, which will be built in China Merchants’ Jinling Shipyard in Weihai. Both Deltamarin and CMJL shipyard have a long history of building ro-pax vessels, the latest projects being E-Flexer ro-pax vessels for Swedish Stena Line. 

Both shipyards are part of China Merchants Group.


Traditional steel cutting ceremony

Finnlines newbuilding programme continues as planned. The construction of Finnlines’ newest environmentally friendly ro-ro vessel was started on 8 June 2020, with the steel cutting in the Chinese Nanjing Jinling shipyard. Due to the current coronavirus situation the traditional steel cutting ceremony couldn’t be organized on a normal scale, but instead it was held with limited onsite personnel. 

In the picture Finnlines’ representative Site Manager Davor Radic.