HELSINKI: Finnlines is exercising an option to lengthen two more RoRo vessels following the start of a €70 million modification programme that began last year.
The first two vessels, MS Finntide and MS Finnwave are already operating with a 30 percent increase in capacity. By the end of May, MS Finnsky and MS Finnsun will complete their modification followed by MS Finnbreeze and MS Finnsea between September and December 2018.
After modification each ship is 217.7 metres long with a capacity of 4,200 lane metres.
“These two lengthened vessels in addition to the previous four, will help us meet increased demand and enable us to serve our customers more efficiently,” says Tom Pippingsköld, CFO of Finnlines.
“One of our strategic decisions is to focus on improving our operational performance. This decision to lengthen another two vessels will help us to increase competitiveness and improve efficiency of capital employed on our fleet. This investment is also in line with sustainable development: by increasing our energy efficiency further we will contribute to reducing emissions per transported tonne,” he adds.
In addition to its ship lengthening programme, earlier this year Finnlines purchased the RoPax vessel MS Europalink from the Grimaldi Group to operates on the Malmö–Travemünde route.
Finnlines operates RoRo and passenger services in the Baltic Sea and North Sea. Being part of of the Grimaldi Group, one of the world’s largest operators of RoRo vessels, enables the company to offer liner services to and from any destination in the Mediterranean, West Africa as well as the Atlantic coast of both North and South America.