Finland-based shipping firm Finnlines has launched the third and last hybrid roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) ship, Finneco III, in its series of three such vessels at China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu).

All three of the 238m-long Finneco series vessels have a cargo capacity of 5,800 lane metres, which is approximately 40% more than the firm’s current largest Ro-Ro vessels.

Finneco III is an Ice class 1 A Super vessel and has a moulded breadth of 34m along with a gross tonnage of 60,515t.

With a deadweight of 17,377t, the vessel will operate on two 12,780 kW engines at a design speed of 20.7 knots.

These new ships are designed to minimise their environmental footprint as well as enhance energy efficiency.

They are equipped with lithium-ion battery systems, emission abatement systems, solar panels, an air lubrication system and low-emission two-stroke engines.

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The company launched the three vessels as part of its ongoing $561.68m (€500m) newbuilding programme, which encompasses three hybrid Ro-Ro vessels and two eco-sustainable Superstar Ro-Pax vessels.

While the Ro-Ro vessels will operate on Finnlines’ Baltic, North Sea and Biscay routes next year, the Ro-Pax vessels will commence operations in 2023 on the Naantali-Långnäs-Kapellskär route.

Finnlines CEO Emanuele Grimaldi said: “Our ambitious strategy to expand services is a response to growing demand. We will bring a total of five new vessels to traffic over the next few years, which will increase our cargo and passenger capacity significantly.

“We are improving our performance while at the same time reducing the environmental impact of our fleet. The hybrid vessels will be among the most innovative and efficient ships in the world and are part of the investments we make in the responsible and sustainable operations of our fleet.”

Finnlines introduced the second hybrid Ro-Ro vessel, MS Finneco II, in August.