12.5.2022 14:02:44 //
Juha Peltonen

First hybrid roro handed over to Finnlines

The first ship in Finnlines’ EUR 500 million newbuild programme – the hybrid roro vessel MS Finneco I – was handed over to Finnlines on 28 April 2022 at the China Merchants Jinling shipyard in China. The programme consists of three hybrid roro vessels and two hybrid ropax vessels.

CONCEPT design for the hybrid roro vessels began in 2018 with the aim of building the most environmentally friendly ship ever to sail the Baltic Sea. The 238-metre-long ship features a broad range of emission-reduction technology.

The specific consumption of its twostroke main engines is less than that of four-stroke engines. An air lubrication system under the keel reduces friction and hydrodynamic resistance. The ship will not generate any emissions during port calls, as a 5 MW battery unit will provide all the energy it needs. The batteries are charged during the sea voyage, and 600 square metres of solar panels provide additional energy.

The ship is also equipped with a heat recovery system and cleaning systems for treating exhaust gas and ballast water.

The construction of Finneco I began in June 2020. Construction of her sister ships has also progressed: Finneco II was lowered into the water in August 2021 and Finneco III in November 2021. All three ships will enter service this year on Finnlines’ routes in the Baltic Sea, North Sea and Bay of Biscay.

The capacity of the hybrid roros is about 40 per cent more than the largest ships in the shipping company’s current fleet. Each ship has about 5,800 lane metres for cargo, which equates to about 400 trailers per voyage. Cargo handling is also efficient, as the ship has liftable car decks and multiple aft and internal ramps. They provide a maximum roro cargo height of up to seven metres. Finnlines’ newbuild programme also includes two eco-efficient Superstar ropax vessels that will start sailing on Finnlines routes in 2023.