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THIRD HYBRID RO-RO HITS THE WATER

THIRD HYBRID RO-RO HITS THE WATER

Friday, November 26, 2021 

The third and last in a series of three hybrid ro-ro newbuilds for Grimaldi Group company Finnlines has been launched at China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu).

Finneco III, designed by Knud E Hansen of Denmark, is 238m long with a capacity of 5,800 lane metres. Compared to the Company’s current largest ro-ro vessels today, this represents an increase in cargo capacity of nearly 40%.

The new ice class 1A Super vessels will reduce the environmental impact of the fleet and improve energy efficiency. Lithium-ion battery systems will allow zero-emission port visits and twin 12,780kW low-emission two-stroke engines, emission abatement systems, solar panels and an innovative air lubrication system will cut emissions further.

Finnlines’ €500m newbuilding programme includes three hybrid ro-ro vessels and two eco-sustainable Superstar ro-pax vessels. The hybrid ro-ro vessels will start in Finnlines’ Baltic, North Sea and Biscay traffic in 2022 and Superstar ro-pax vessels in the Naantali–Långnäs–Kapellskär route in 2023.

Emanuele Grimaldi, CEO of Finnlines, said: “Our ambitious strategy to expand services is a response to growing demand. We will bring a total of five new vessels to traffic over the next few years, which will increase our cargo and passenger capacity significantly. We are improving our performance while at the same time reducing the environmental impact of our fleet. The hybrid vessels will be among the most innovative and efficient ships in the world and are part of the investments we make in the responsible and sustainable operations of our fleet.”

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