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16.12.2020Media Releases

All three Finnlines’ hybrid ro-ro vessels are now in construction

Finnlines Plc                                         Press release, Helsinki, 16 December 2020

All three Finnlines’ hybrid ro-ro vessels are now in construction

Finnlines newbuilding programme has progressed as planned and now the last of the three new ultra-green ro-ro vessels ordered is in the production phase. The steel plates of the third new hybrid ro-ro were cut in a traditional steel cutting ceremony at the Nanjing Jinling shipyard in China on 16 December 2020. Furthermore, the keel laying of the first hybrid ro-ro took place on the same day.

The new ro-ro vessels are part of Finnlines’ ongoing EUR 500-million newbuilding programme, which includes two eco-efficient ro-pax vessels in addition to the three hybrid ro-ro vessels. The newbuildings will improve the energy efficiency of the Company’s fleet, as well as reduce emissions, as they will be built with the latest environmentally efficient solutions and technologies. Lithium-ion battery systems will allow zero-emission port visits as well as modern two-stroke engines, emission abatement systems, solar panels and an innovative air lubrication system will cut emissions further.

These new hybrid ro-ro vessels, Finneco I, Finneco II and Finneco III are expected to be delivered during 2021–2022.

“In the past years, we have steered investments to sustainable development. We have invested in energy efficiency and green technologies and our newbuilding programme focuses on many energy-saving features.  These world’s most environmentally friendly ro-ro vessels, and our entire newbuilding programme will continue to implement our sustainable strategy. In the future, we are able to meet the needs of our customers and society even better and continue to guarantee high-quality sea transport services,” says Emanuele Grimaldi, CEO of Finnlines.

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For further information, please contact

Tom Pippingsköld
Chief Financial Officer
phone +358 40 519 5041
tom.pippingskold@finnlines.com

Mikael Lindholm
Head of Newbuilding Department
phone +358 50 565 4627
mikael.lindholm@finnlines.com

Finnlines Plc

Finnlines is a leading shipping operator of ro-ro and passenger services in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Bay of Biscay. The Company is a part of the Grimaldi Group, one of the world’s largest operators of ro-ro vessels and the largest operator of the Motorways of the Sea in Europe for both passengers and freight. This affiliation enables Finnlines to offer liner services to and from any destination in the Mediterranean, West Africa as well as the Atlantic coast of both North and South America.