Finnlines has awarded a vessels supervision contract to SeaQuest Marine Project Management for three Green 5th Generation zero-emission NB roll-on / roll-off (RoRo) vessels.

The vessels are at Nanjing Jinling Shipyard of China Merchants Group.

In May 2018, Grimaldi Group unit Finnlines placed an order to purchase three RoRo hybrid vessels from Jinling shipyard for more than €200m.

Designed in partnership with Nordic marine designer Knud E Hansen, the hybrid vessels are based on the same hull as the Grimaldi Green 5th Generation (GG5G) vessels that are under construction.

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The vessels can accommodate heavy cargo and operate in cold climates and are flexible enough for all types of RoRo cargoes.

The new vessels include green features such as lithium batteries for electricity, zero emissions when in port and an innovative air lubrication system to decrease hull resistance.

The supervision site office will open in June and will operate until the delivery of the last vessel. The final vessel is scheduled for delivery by April 2022.

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SeaQuest MD and CEO Jan Andersson said: “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.

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

“We shall prove once more that our experience in supervision and familiarity with Far Eastern builders can serve a newbuilding project like no one else. This is the second time Finnlines have bestowed their trust in SeaQuest for a project in China, we are privileged and look forward to collaborating with them again in future”.

The site team will be composed of SeaQuest site manager and specialist supervisors to oversee the machinery, outfitting, hull, structure, electrical, automation and coating and a secretary or document controller.

Additionally, the team will also include inspectors from Finnlines. The team members will operate according to the ISO 9001:2015 certified QA system of SeaQuest.