SeaQuest Marine Project Management will supervise the construction of three newbuild zero-emissions roro vessels for Finnlines at China Merchants Group’s Nanjing Jinling Shipyard
The basic design of these 238-m vessels was developed by Danish naval architect Knud E Hansen, based on the same hull as the Grimaldi Green 5th Generation (GG5G) vessels under construction at the same yard.
However the design is customised to Finnlines’ needs, allowing for heavy cargo and operation in cold climates and adheres to the highest Finnish/Swedish ice class of 1A Super.
They aim to be flexible enough for all types of roro cargoes, with a capacity of 5,800 lane m and more than 5,000 m2 of vehicle decks. The roros will operate on lithium batteries to provide electricity, guaranteeing zero emissions while in port and a novel air lubrication system to reduce hull resistance using a thin layer of bubbles below the keel to ensure low CO2 emissions.
Finnlines, part of the Grimaldi Group, placed the order for the three hybrid roro vessels at Jinling Shipyard in 2018. Finnlines has also signed an order for two ‘Superstar’ ropax vessels at the same yard.
The supervision site office at the yard will open in June 2020 and function until the delivery of the last vessel which is expected April 2022.
SeaQuest managing director and chief executive Jan Andersson said this is the second time Finnlines has chosen SeaQuest to supervise a project in China, adding “Finnlines has invested heavily in technology and sustainability of the fleet operations and the company is a forerunner in green shipping."
The site team is composed of a SeaQuest site manager and specialist supervisors. SeaQuest said Mr Andersson will serve as the project manager for this newbuild project.
The team will also include Finnlines inspectors, support from the Finnlines newbuilding department, and operate in accordance with SeaQuest’s ISO 9001:2015 certified QA system. Particular attention will be paid to the vessels’ special requirements which include ice-class, winterisation, energy saving and operational flexibility.