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Friday, April 30, 2021 

Ship designer Knud E Hansen of Denmark has announced the launch of the first of three Finnlines hybrid ro-ro vessels at China's Nanjing Jinling Shipyard.

Finneco I will begin operations on the Biscay–North Sea–Baltic Sea service in early 2022. The second and third vessels, Finneco II and Finneco III, are scheduled for delivery later that same year.

The new vessels are 238m long with a capacity of 5,800 lane metres. The car decks have a capacity of 5,800 square meters plus 520 TEU of containers on the weather deck. This equates to a capacity for the 17,400 dwt vessels of about 300 trailers, 150 cars and 500 sea containers per sailing, a 38% cargo capacity increase compared to Finnlines’ current largest ro-ros.

Energy-saving solutions include lithium-ion battery systems that allow zero-emissions port visits, as well as emissions abatement systems for the two-stroke engines, solar panels and an air lubrication system.

The new vessels are of similar design to Finnlines' parent company Grimaldi's GG5G class, and are part of the company's €500m newbuilding programme, which includes two sustainable ro-pax vessels in addition to the three hybrid ro-ros.

“The significant investment program is in line with our strategy. We are constantly renewing and developing our fleet and the upcoming hybrid ro-ros as well as eco-efficient Superstar ro-paxes are a next step in the evolution of Finnlines’ fleet,” said CEO Emanuele Grimaldi. “These new vessels will increase our cargo and passenger capacity significantly. Together with our connections we can meet the needs of our customers better. Our eco-sustainable new vessels will serve our customers, and communities where we operate, long into the future. More than ever, our economies rely on dependable transport links and we are committed to ensure vital sea freight operations in a sustainable way.”

The three hybrid ro-ros are designed and built to Finnish / Swedish ice class 1A Super, and they will operate under the Finnish flag.

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