Finnlines Plc’s fully owned Swedish subsidiary, Rederi Aktiebolaget Nordö-Link, has purchased Europalink from Grimaldi Group.
The Star-class ropax will be fitted with exhaust gas scrubbers in mid-March and will also undergo refurbishment in the public areas. It will sail under the Swedish flag. Europalink will start on the Malmö–Travemünde route.
The vessel was built at Fincantieri Shipyard in Italy in 2007, and has a capacity of 4,215 lane metres and 554 passengers.
Finnlines’ lengthening programme is progressing well according to the plan and the second vessel, Finnwave, is now 30 m longer. The capacity of the vessel is now 4,192 lane metres, with the lengthening adding 1,000 lane metres. Finnwave has returned to the Uusikaupunki/Turku–Travemünde route. By the end of May, a further two vessels, Finnsun and Finnsky, will be lengthened. Finnlines has an option to lengthen two additional vessels, which have not yet been decided.
“We respond to the growing demand by increasing our vessels’ cargo and passenger capacity. This enables us to utilise our bigger tonnage more efficiently and also serve our customers even better. In addition to improving the customer service, we continue investing in sustainable development – by increasing our energy efficiency and reducing emissions per transported tonne,” said Finnlines chief financial officer Tom Pippingsköld.