Italy’s Grimaldi Group’s Finnish subsidiary Finnlines has placed an order for two additional Superstar 5,100-lane metre (lm) roll-on / roll-off passenger (RoPax) vessels from China’s Merchant Jinling Shipyard.

The vessels are expected to be delivered by 2023.

With a capacity to accommodate 1,100 passengers, the 230m-long vessel will be Finnlines’ flagship with regards to size and technology.

The vessels will be built according to advanced technical and environmental requirements. They will also have the highest Finnish / Swedish ice class.

The Superstar RoPax vessel will feature a number of seating and outdoor areas to offer views of the archipelago.

The dedicated shopping area will be the heart of the vessel, which will enhance the overall traveller experience.

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Superstar will be larger compared to the rest of the Star class vessels. The ship will be built with the focus on efficient cargo handling to ensure Finnlines’ customers have a short turnaround time.

The use of digital services from check-in to on-board services and feedback collection is expected to improve traveller experience once the vessels are operational.

Finnlines CEO Emanuele Grimaldi said: “We want to provide a high-quality service to our customers, respecting all aspects of the environmental matters. This investment aims at energy efficiency and emission reduction, but at the same time, it is an investment for the highest passenger comfort.

“We want to lead the development of high-quality RoRo and RoPax services in the Baltic Sea region. Our ongoing €500m new building programme will ensure that we continue to provide premium services to our customers”

Finnlines placed an order for three hybrid stow-on / roll-off (StoRo) ultra-large green vessels at Jinling Shipyard in 2018.