14.12.2020 15:48:48 //
Kari Martiala

The first of Finnlines’ new cargo ships will be in service by the end of 2021

Finnlines’ first new vessel will be in service by the end of 2021, and Vuosaari Harbour has already upgraded its own infrastructure by, for example, widening ramps.

Eco Valencia, the sister ship to Finnlines’ new cargo vessels, started operating between Italy and Spain in November. The vessel regularly visits the ports of Livorno, Savona, Barcelona and Valencia. Of the twelve new GG5G-class vessels, nine will be located in the Mediterranean and three will operate routes in the Baltic Sea, North Sea and Bay of Biscay for the Group’s subsidiary Finnlines. 

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.

Concept design for the Finland-bound vessels was carried out by Knud E. Hansen in close collaboration with Grimaldi and Finnlines. Finnlines’ three vessels will be adapted according to the company’s requirements. For example, their trailer capacity will be 5,800 lane metres compared to 7,800 lane metres in the standard GG5G model. In addition to trailers, a typical combination of cargo on a Finnlines vessel will include containers, paper and new cars. The weather deck is primarily used to transport containers and moveable tanks.

Although the vessels’ dimensions, twin-screw hull form and two-stroke engines will be identical to the GG5G standard, the Finnlines vessels will be strengthened to ice-class 1A Super.  

The first Finnlines vessel will be delivered in a year’s time, and will include all of the green features of the nine GG5G vessels under construction for Grimaldi.