Finnlines Plc, Press release, Helsinki, 22 September 2023
Finnsirius awarded as the Ro-Pax of the Year 2023
On 20 September, Finnlines’ newbuilding M/S Finnsirius was awarded as the Ro-Pax of the Year 2023 by the Ferry Shipping Summit, which gathers a large number of professionals within shipping, including ferry, ro-ro and ro-pax operators, ports and suppliers.
Tom Pippingsköld, President and CEO of Finnlines, thanked for the Award, which is a recognition for the intensive work on innovative and sustainable shipping Finnlines has invested in during the past decade.
Shipbuilding is a collaborative project and in addition to the China Merchants Jinling Shipyard in Weihai it has engaged many. The Superstar ro-pax concept plan design was implemented in close cooperation with the Grimaldi Group, Finnlines and Nordic ship design company, Knud E. Hansen. The concept was further developed into a contract design by the Finnish naval architects and marine engineers Deltamarin. Deltamarin was responsible for basic engineering as well.
M/S Finnsirius is the largest ro-pax in Finnlines’ fleet. She is a spectacular hybrid vessel, equipped with leading-edge technology to minimize emissions. The vessel combines climate-friendly operations with a stylish interior design, a myriad of services and efficient cargo operations. The vessel entered Finnlines’ Finland–Åland Island–Sweden (Naantali–Långnäs–Kapellskär) services on 15 September.
The Ferry Shipping Summit has been held annually since 2018, this year in Malmö. Topics discussed covered topical issues ranging from crewing, future industry strategies to automation and alternative fuels.