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09.06.2020Media Releases

The construction of Finnlines’ newest vessel to start

Finnlines Plc                                                                    Press release, Helsinki, 9 June 2020

The construction of Finnlines’ newest vessel to start

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.

All three ordered environmentally friendly hybrid ro-ro vessels will be built with the latest technology available to ensure the lowest CO2 emissions. In addition to lithium-ion battery systems that enables zero-emission operations in port, they will be equipped with efficient engines, emission abatement systems and an innovative air lubrication system to reduce hull resistance. The vessels will have the highest Finnish/Swedish ice class.

The first ro-ro vessel is expected to start operation as early as next year, and the other two in 2022.

In addition to this, Finnlines has also ordered two giant Superstar vessels, which will be pioneer in honouring green values. The total investment including five new vessels is EUR 500 million.

“The new vessels will modernize our fleet further and offer us the lowest possible fuel consumption and emissions. These will be the most innovative and efficient ro-ro vessels in the world. We continue our successful track record in investing sustainable operation of our fleet”, says Emanuele Grimaldi, CEO of Finnlines.

Hybrid ro-ro vessel, technical details:

  • Length: 238m
  • Breadth: 34m
  • DWT metric tons: 17,400
  • Cargo capacity: 5,800 lane metres & 5,600m2 of car decks & about 300 TEU on weather deck
  • Flexible for all type of ro-ro cargo whilst tank top and main deck are shaped with strengthened bulkheads and free of pillar areas to accommodate paper and sto-ro concept

An illustration of the planned hybrid ro-ro vessel.

The first steel plates are being cut in the traditional steel cutting ceremony.
In the picture Finnlines’ representative Site Manager Mr Davor Radic.

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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.