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Published: 2020-02-14

Finnlines expands ro-pax fleet

Shipping Finnlines expands ro-pax fleet

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The Finnish operator signed an order for two ro-pax vessels from China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Weihai). Dubbed as ‘Superstar’ class, replacing the existing ‘Star’ class, they are set for delivery by the end of 2023.

Upon completion, the vessels will become Finnlines' flagships in terms of size and technological advancements. With a length of about 230 m, their loading capacity will be for 5.1k lane metres for rolling freight and around 1.1k passengers. They will also have the highest Finnish/Swedish ice class.

The Superstar class is designed with comfort in mind, being equipped with numerous types of seating and public areas, plenty of outdoor areas and premises tailored to the needs of various passenger groups. A shopping area will be the center point of the vessel.

Digital solutions will be implemented on every step, from check-in to onboard services and feedback collection.

Emanuele Grimaldi, CEO, Finnlines, said, "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 €500m newbuilding programme will ensure that we continue to provide premium services to our customers."

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