SeaQuest secures supervision contract for Finnlines’ zero-emission RoRos

Hong Kong-based consulting services provider SeaQuest Marine Project Management has been entrusted with the construction supervision job for three Green 5th Generation zero-emission roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) newbuilding vessels ordered by Finnlines.

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The vessel trio is being built at China Merchants Group’s Nanjing Jinling Shipyard in China. 

Finnlines, a Finnish shipping company and part of the Italian Grimaldi Group, had placed the order for the three hybrid RoRo ultra-large green vessels back in 2018.

The vessels, whose basic design was developed by Danish ship designer Knud E. Hansen, are based on the same hull as the Grimaldi Green 5th Generation (GG5G) vessels under construction at the same yard but customized to the needs of Finnlines allowing for heavy cargo and operation in cold climates with the highest Finnish/Swedish ice class 1A Super.

They aim to be flexible enough for all types of RoRo cargoes, with a capacity of 5,800 lane meters and more than 5,000 square meters of vehicle decks.

The vessels will be built with the latest technological and environmental solutions in mind. The new RoRos will implement green features such as lithium batteries to provide electricity, guaranteeing zero emissions whilst in port and an air lubrication system to reduce hull resistance using a thin layer of bubbles below the keel to ensure the lowest CO2 emissions.

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According to SeaQuest, the supervision site office at Jinling yard will open at the beginning of June 2020 and function until the delivery of the last vessel which is expected by the end April 2022.

“We are extremely pleased to be selected to look after the construction of these challenging and advanced vessels, which will be the most innovative and efficient RoRo vessels in the world,” Jan Andersson, SeaQuest Managing Director and Chief Executive, commented. 

“Finnlines has invested heavily in technology and sustainability of the fleet operations and the company is a forerunner in green shipping.”

SeaQuest is currently involved in 12 newbuilding projects for 35 vessels and 274 vessels have already been delivered, equating to a consolidated value exceeding $18 billion.