Tirsdag d. 18. juli fik Finnlines leveret RoPax færgen FINNSIRIUS fra det kinesiske værft China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Weihai). Færgen er den første af to søsterfærger som rederiet har bestilt hos det kinesiske værft, hvor søsteren FINNCANOPUS forventes leveret i slutningen af i år.
“Finnlines’ Green Newbuilding Programme has been a massive investment which will benefit our freight customers and private passengers. These hybrid ro-pax vessels are not only the largest in the company fleet so far, but they transport cargo in a more sustainable manner. For example, the vessels have been equipped with enormous high-powered battery banks and onshore power supply in order to have zero emissions while at port. In addition, port operations will also be more efficient with auto-mooring. Smooth freight traffic in the Baltic Sea is the backbone of the region’s economies and national security of supply. For example, around 90 per cent of both Finnish and Swedish exports and imports are carried along shipping routes. Finnlines combines cargo with passenger traffic in this Naantali–Långnäs–Kapellskär route, and therefore our investment will strengthen services to our freight customers as well as to our passengers.”
Tom Pippingsköld, President and CEO of Finnlines.
FINNSIRIUS vil blive indsat på ruten Kapellskär – Långnäs – Naantali d. 9. september, hvor den afløser EUROPALINK, som bliver flyttet til ruten Malmö – Travemünde. Det medføre at fragtkapaciteten øges med næsten 24% og passagerkapaciteten næsten fordobles.
“Finnlines is proud to introduce the first Superstar and Finnsirius will be Finnlines’ flagship in both size and technology. As the Superstar ro-pax vessels enter the traffic, we will further increase economies of scale to support new business development and opportunities for our freight customers. In addition, we will be able to offer upgraded services for passengers, including several themed restaurants, a wide range of cabin categories, meeting rooms, a large shop, lounges, to name a few.”
Antonio Raimo, Line Manager at Finnlines.