Finnlines invests EUR 200m in ro-ro newbuilds

Finnlines invests EUR 200m in ro-ro newbuilds
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Finnlines has invested over EUR 200m in three new ro-ro vessels designed alongside Nordic marine designer, Knud E. Hansen.

The vessels will be equipped with the latest generation of engines to keep fuel consumption low and significantly cut CO2 emissions. The ro-ro ships will use standard bunker fuel during sailing alongside scrubbers, which will be installed during the construction, and electricity while in port, thereby operating with zero emissions while in port.

Each vessel will be fitted with a lithium-ion battery bank that will be recharged during sailing to provide the electricity to the ship while at berth.

Air lubrication systems will also be fitted under the keels of the vessels to create a layer of bubbles, reducing the friction and hydrodynamic resistance. This will further reduce fuel consumption and emissions. An advanced propeller-rudder system will also be integrated during the building phase.

The combination of technologies will ensure the vessels are compliant with the IMO’s 0.5 per cent global sulphur cap to enter into force in 2020.

The vessels will have the highest Finnish/Swedish ice class and will be 238 metres long with a cargo carrying capacity of 5,800 lane metres, plus 5,600m2 of car decks.

Emanuele Grimaldi, CEO of Finnlines, said: “We continue to modernise our fleet further. This investment will also help us to meet increased demand and enable us to serve our customers better. These green ro-ro vessels will be built taking all technological and environmental factors into account and thus will increase our energy efficiency further. These vessels will offer us the lowest possible fuel consumption and exhaust emissions and again, is in line with our investments in sustainable development. We are proud that these exceptional technologies on board will make the vessels the most innovative and efficient vessels in the world.”.

The vessels are expected for delivery between 2020 and 2021 from the Chinese Jinling shipyard.