China Merchants' Jinling Shipyard (Weihai) will deliver the Superstar Class hybrid ro-paxes, each worth some $135m, in 2023.
Once completed, the 229.5 m-long and 33.6 m-wide vessels, having the highest Finnish/Swedish ice class, will be able to take up to 1,100 passengers on-board, at the same time offering 5,100 lane metres of cargo capacity.
The newbuilds, designed by Knud E. Hansen, will be deployed across the Kapellskär-Långnäs-Naantali route, replacing Finnswan and Finnfellow.
"We want to provide a high-quality service to our customers respecting all aspects of the environmental matters. This investment aims at energy efficiency and emission reduction, but at the same time, it is an investment for the highest passenger comfort. We want to lead the development of high-quality ro-ro and ro-pax services in the Baltic Sea region. Our ongoing EUR 500 million newbuilding programme will ensure that we continue to provide premium services to our customers," Emanuele Grimaldi, CEO, Finnlines, underlined.
Photo: Knud E. Hansen