Finnlines’ newbuilding program is progressing as planned despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with first steel cut Wednesday for its second new hybrid ro-ro vessel at the Chinese Nanjing Jinling shipyard.

Finnlines’ ongoing €500 million ($593 million) newbuilding program includes three green hybrid ro-ro vessels as well as two eco-friendly Superstar ro-pax vessels. The ro-ro vessels are expected to be delivered during 2021–2022 and the Superstar ro-pax vessels are set to start in traffic in 2023.

Construction for the first ro-ro vessel began in June.

The ships will be equipped lithium-ion battery banks, which enable ‘zero emissions in port’, as well as several additional energy-saving technologies to reduce emissions further. 

Emanuele Grimaldi, CEO of Finnlines, said, “Over the past 10 years, we have steered investments to energy efficiency and green technologies, and our newbuilding program focuses on further energy-saving features. These new ultra-green vessels will offer our customers very sustainable liner services in the future.”

The new hybrid ro-ro vessels will be named Finneco I, Finneco II and Finneco III in honor the green innovations.

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