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Hybrid ro-ro vessels sail into a green future

New ultra-green vessels will bring many benefits to our customers, including fast and efficient loading and unloading, and in addition, provide more flexible cargo space to our customers.

The ro-ro’s will be 238 metres long with a cargo capacity of 5,800 lane metres,  5,800m2 of car decks and about 520 TEU on the weather deck. Consequently, one vessel can carry for example, about 300 trailers, 150 cars and 500 sea containers per sailing. 

The vessels are designed to be flexible for all type of ro-ro cargo whilst tank top and main deck are designed free of pillar areas to accommodate paper and sto-ro concept. Several decks and internal ramps speed up loading and unloading. At the same the vessels will be an extremely flexible – hoistable deck makes it possible to load any type of rolling freight such as trucks, tractors, excavators up to 7.4 metres.

Battery banks save fuel and reduce emissions 

The vessels come with an integrated propeller-rudder system and modern hull lines that have been designed in accordance with the state-of-the-art hydrodynamics. They will be equipped with the most modern two-stroke main engines, which have a lower specific fuel consumption than four-stroke engines, and thus also, they produce less CO2 and other emissions.

In addition to lithium-ion batteries that enables zero-emission operations in port, they will be equipped with emission abatement and an innovative air lubrication system to reduce hull resistance. 

Additionally, the vessels will be equipped with approximately 600m2 of solar panels. Renewable energy is available on board to users.
“We are aiming for high energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. By installing a high-powered battery bank as well as preparing the vessels for shore-side electricity, we are well heading towards the “zero emissions in port” target”, says Mikael Lindholm, Head of Newbuilding Department, Finnlines. The newbuildings will also feature ice-class classification, 1A Super.


Improved services on board

Finnlines will be focusing more on the on board services provided on freight ships where lorry drivers are frequent customers. In order to offer value-added service, there will be a gym and sauna area, dining and recreation room and laundry for all drivers use. To add comfort on board, drivers will be allocated single cabins. There will be 12 cabins for drivers and 26 cabins for the crew on board. “These features will be very welcomed by our customers. For drivers who travel be-tween countries, ships and their services play huge part in their working lives”, says Lindholm.


Name refers to the environment

The new vessels will be named Finneco I, Finneco II and Finneco III in honour the green innovations. “Hybrid ro-ro’s will be a very modern and innovative vessels using several energy saving technologies to ensure the lowest CO2 emissions. It was obvious that the name is taking shape according to the ‘eco’ theme”, says Lindholm.

The vessels will be painted in a fresh colour, green, which reflects the names of the vessels. In fact, all Finnlines’ vessels used to be green still in the early 2000’s and therefore the new colour will be a nod to the Finnlines’ history as well.


Environmental aspects
  • Lithium-ion battery systems to enable zero-emission operations and to reduce noise in port
  • An innovative air lubrication system to create bubble layers which will reduce hull resistance
  • resistance Clean and renewable energy source: 600m2 of solar panels to produce electricity to users on board
Operational aspects
  • Hull lines designed to optimise  energy efficiency
  • Rudder bulb to increase energy efficiency
  • The vessel will comply with Ice Class 1A Super
More efficient cargo loading
  • Flexible for all type of ro-ro cargo whilst tank top and main deck are designed free of pillar areas to accommodate paper and sto-ro concept
  • Fast loading and unloading with tripple stern ramp arrangement
Power generation
  • Two-stroke main engines for fuel saving and redundancy
  • Main engines: type and size carefully selected to achieve the lowest possible specific fuel oil consumption
  • Hybrid solution with battery system (batteries can be recharged both during sailing and in port)
  • Use of shore-side electricity in port to reduce fuel consumption, emissions and noise