Finnlines chooses SeaQuest to supervise construction of zero emission ro-ros

Finnlines chooses SeaQuest to supervise construction of zero emission ro-ros

SeaQuest Marine Project Management has been chosen for construction supervision job for three Green 5th Generation zero emission NB Ro-Ro vessels for Finnish shipping company Finnlines.

The order for the vessels was placed by Finnlines, which is part of the Grimaldi Group, with the Jinling Shipyard in China back in 2018.

The vessels, whose basic design was developed by Danish ship designer Knud E. Hansen, are based on the same hull as the Grimaldi Green 5th Generation (GG5G) vessels under construction at the same yard, but customised to the needs of Finnlines allowing for heavy cargo and operation in cold climates with the highest Finnish/Swedish ice class 1A Super. They aim to be flexible enough for all types of ro-ro cargoes, with a capacity of 5,800 lane meters and more than 5,000 square meters of vehicle decks.

The new Ro-Ros will implement green features such as lithium batteries to provide electricity, guaranteeing zero emissions whilst in port and an air lubrication system to reduce hull resistance using a thin layer of bubbles below the keel to ensure the lowest CO2 emissions.

The supervision site office at Jinling yard will open at beginning of June 2020 and function until the delivery of the last vessel which is expected by the end April 2022.

SeaQuest managing director and chief executive, Jan Andersson, commented: “We are extremely pleased to be selected to look after the construction of these challenging and advanced vessels, which will be the most innovative and efficient ro-ro vessels in the world. Finnlines has invested heavily in technology and sustainability of the fleet operations and the company is a forerunner in green shipping.

“We shall prove once more that our experience in supervision and familiarity with Far Eastern builders can serve a newbuilding project like no one else. This is the second time Finnlines have bestowed their trust in SeaQuest for a project in China, we are privileged and look forward to collaborating with them again in future”.

The site team will operate under the mentorship and guidance of Jan Andersson who is a Far East resident. As the project manager for the newbuild project he will provide guidance, support and direction for any major or strategic issue which may impact on key events, ships’ delivery or cost.