Knud E Hansen, a Danish consultancy that provides design, engineering and project management services to shipyards and ship owners, has signed a contract with Chinese firm Nanjing Jinling Shipyard to develop the basic design of three RoRo vessels, based on the Finnlines/Grimaldi/Knud E Hansen design.

Even though the vessels will be based on the same hull as the Grimaldi Green 5th Generation vessels, they will be customised to the needs of Finnlines to handle heavy cargo and operation in cold climates. The customisation is a result of cooperation between Finnlines and Knud E Hansen.

With a length of 238m and width of 34m, the vessels are designed to meet the Finnish / Swedish ice class, 1A Super.

The design of the vessels is intended to be flexible for all types of RoRo cargo, with a capacity of 5,800 lane metres and over 5,000m² of vehicle decks.

The vessels, which are expected to be delivered from 2021, will use electricity from large lithium batteries in port, ensuring zero emissions while at berth.

“The design of the vessels is intended to be flexible for all types of RoRo cargo, with a capacity of 5,800 lane metres and over 5,000m² of vehicle decks.”

The batteries will be recharged through shaft generators employing a peak shaving system during navigation.

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An air lubrication system using a thin layer of bubbles below the keel will also be installed to reduce hull resistance.

Knud E Hansen has more than 80 years of experience in ship and yacht design, providing cutting-edge solutions to the maritime industry.

The company provides the services through more than 90 naval architects and marine engineers in Denmark, the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, the Faroe Islands, Greece, and Spain.

Knud E Hansen combines continuous innovation, exchange of ideas with clients, and experience to develop solutions that meet the needs of each individual customer.