Steel has been cut on Finnlines’ second ‘Superstar’ Ro-Pax, Finncanopus, at China Merchants Jinling Shipyard in Weihai, China.
The vessel is the second of two Superstar vessels. As previously reported, construction of the first vessel, Finnsirius, started in June.
Like its sister vessel, Finncanopus will feature several emissions reduction solutions, including a shore power connection, exhaust gas abatement technology, waste heat recovery, battery pack, air lubrication and auto-mooring.
‘We are pleased to note that despite the long-lasting pandemic, our newbuilding programme has proceeded as scheduled,’ said Emanuele Grimaldi, CEO of Finnlines. ‘We will be proud to introduce the next-generation Ro-Pax vessels, which have capacity for around 5,200 metres of rolling cargo and can accommodate 1,100 passengers. At the same time, the vessels will offer a comfortable and sustainable way to travel.’
Finnlines is in the process of implementing its €500-million eco-efficient newbuilding programme, which consists of three hybrid Ro-Ro vessels and two Ro-Pax vessels. The first Ro-Ro vessel is scheduled to be delivered this autumn and the following two in early 2022.
Deliveries of the Ro-Pax vessels are planned to take place in 2023.