Skip to content
  • Finnlines News 3/2023

High capacity transport

High capacity transport (HCT) is changing transportation, addressing the increasing demand for more efficient and sustainable logistics. Use of larger vehicles for transporting goods maximises efficiency and minimises the environmental impact per transported unit. Finnlines’ new Superstar class has been deployed to further enhance the green footprint of our service.

The primary objective of an HCT is to maximise the payload capacity of each transport unit. On long distances, in particular, HCT units reduce the environmental impact and transport costs because three long trucks replace four conventional trucks.

Smooth and efficient loading

History was made when Finnlines successfully loaded Ahola Transport’s first 32.5-metre long double-trailer HCT combination onto Finnswan in Naantali to Kapellskär at the end of November. “This is very exciting news and another important step towards more sustainable transport, aiding road freight transport to meet green emission targets,” says Åke Nyblom, Managing Director at Ahola Transport.

“Loading was executed seamlessly and fast. After all, Finnswan has 4,200 metres for rolling freight and the crew is used to working at a fast pace on the Finland–Sweden route with only a few hours in port. It is very important to emphasise the importance of collaboration like this with Ahola Transport. We work together with our customers to achieve climate goals,” confirms Antonio Raimo, Line Manager at Finnlines.

Green aspects

Increasing the length of trucks is one of the most effective ways of reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions from freight transport on roads. After five years of tests, HCT trucks were allowed in public transport in Finland in 2019. PITKÄ (LONG) sign became a familiar sight for road users. On average, trucks are some 17 metres long. According to Traficom (Finnish Transport and Communications Agency) traffic safety has not declined although intersections may be challenging for long trucks.

Ahola Transport

Recent changes in Swedish legislation, effective from 1 December 2023, now allow longer combinations on some parts of the Swedish road network. “Thanks to our eTrailer-HCT pilot project, we have received a special permission for transporting in Sweden with this combination even before the roads officially opened up for HCT combinations. Moreover, the eTrailer-HCT pilot project opens additional permitted routes in Sweden for Ahola compared to conventional HCT combinations,” Åke Nyblom explains.

Other European countries has expressed interest in adopting HCT to ease road congestion and reduce environmental emissions.

“We are ready and can handle cargo of all sizes,” affirms Antonio Raimo, highlighting Finnlines preparedness for a more sustainable and efficient era in freight transport. “We can adjust our processes to meet customers’ needs. Our team works smoothly and ensures everything is done safely, without compromising safety or quality.”

Finnlines is the main maritime service provider between Finland and Sweden and the Naantali–Långnäs–Kapellskär route is one of the sea routes vital to Finland’s security of supply. In addition to freight, the route offers the most convenient schedules for passenger traffic between Finland, Åland and Sweden.