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15.5.2022 09:04:58 //
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Kari Martiala
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JS Suomi, Sami Perttilä

Vuosaari ready for Finnlines’ new ships

The first vessel in Finnlines’ series of new cargo ships will enter service in summer 2022. Vuosaari Harbour has renewed its infrastructure, and everything is now ready for the new ships.

 

The first of the new hybrid roro vessels left China in the spring and will arrive in Vuosaari in June. The second will arrive in July and the third sometime in August.

“We’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of these new ships in Vuosaari,” says Jukka Kallio, Vice President, Cargo.

The innovative, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly vessels will generate fewer emissions even when they are in port. At Vuosaari, this will be seen in features such as their battery technology.

“It’s great that the shipping company has invested in environmental friendliness. Ships use electricity while they’re in port, so this will help us to reduce emissions during port calls.”

The ships’ 5 MW battery units will enable them to store electricity for use during port calls.

All of the new GG5G-class vessels will use next-generation electronically controlled engines that are powered by fossil fuels at sea and electricity at port. Electricity stored in lithium batteries can be used to meet the ship’s onboard energy needs. These batteries are charged while sailing, using axel generators and 600 square metres of solar panels.

The GG5G vessels are also equipped with exhaust gas cleaning systems to reduce sulphur and particulate emissions.

Work begins on Finnlines’ jetty

Four ramps have been altered to meet the requirements of the new, wider ships. 

Kallio says there will be a clear increase in cargo capacity, as the new ships will have a capacity of almost 40 per cent more than the vessels in Finnlines’ current fleet.

The new ships will be able to carry a total of 300 trailers, 150 cars and 500 shipping containers.

“We’ve tendered out the contract for the jetty, and construction will begin in May.”

“Construction is very expensive at the moment. It’s currently a contractors’ market and the price of steel has risen. The cost estimate for the construction of the jetty has increased considerably since the original was drawn up.  However, it’s still worthwhile doing this work now, as we have a valid water permit and this is an important customer.”

The new ships will be used on Finnlines’ routes in the Baltic Sea, North Sea and Bay of Biscay. Ports along the way will also be able to make use of the ships’ substantial capacity. In Vuosaari, the large new ships will increase traffic at the port and replace existing vessels. These vessels may also be put to use elsewhere in the future.

“We’re waiting to see where the current ships will be transferred to. I wonder if new routes can be found for them,” says Kallio.