5.12.2022 10:10:00 //
Kari Martiala
Kari Martiala

Finnlines celebrates its 75th anniversary

Finnlines celebrated its 75th anniversary on Finneco II, the second of three cargo vessels in the shipping company’s new series.

Finnlines’ 75th anniversary celebrations took place in Helsinki’s South Harbour on 20 September 2022. Finneco II aroused locals’ interest, as cargo ships are rarely seen at Helsinki’s city-centre harbours. 1,300 invited guests attended the event.

The evening party, which was held on the ship’s main deck, was attended by many of the company’s long-standing employees, customers and partners. The atmosphere was warm in spite of the coolness of the evening.

Many party guests were surprised by the size of the cargo ship: it is 30 metres longer than Silja Serenade, which usually moors at that berth. Finneco is also two metres wider than the Silja ship.

Finnlines first started operating in 1947 with six old steamers, in order to strengthen the Finnish merchant navy fleet. Today, the company has a fleet of 23 ships, of which as many as 20 sail under the Finnish flag.

Finnlines is wholly owned by the Grimaldi Group, which is one of the world’s biggest ro-ro shipping companies and the largest “Motorways of the Sea” operator in Europe that transports both passengers and cargo. The Grimaldi Group invests in innovative solutions, sustainable technology and its fleet, and also participates in marine research and development.

In summer 2022, Finnlines added to its fleet and increased its sea connections with the introduction of three new Eco-class hybrid ro-ro vessels. The Finneco ships operate on the route Bilbao–Zeebrugge/Antwerp–Travemünde–Helsinki/Kotka–Paldiski.

In July 2022, Finnlines expanded its network by opening a route between Rosslare in Ireland and Zeebrugge in Belgium. The new route will provide an important connection for Irish industry. Reloading in Zeebrugge will open up a sea link for Irish imports and exports to Finland, Estonia, Germany and Spain.