Finnlines has agreed a deal to install an air lubrication technology system on two ‘green’ newbuild Ro-Pax vessels, the first of which will start construction this summer at China Merchants Nanjing Jinling Shipyard (Weihai).
The Silverstream System from Silverstream Technologies will be used to reduce fuel consumption and associated emissions on the two 235m vessels, which have a capacity of 5,100 lane metres and will carry up to 1,100 passengers. The ships are expected to be delivered by 2023 and operate between Finland and Sweden across the Baltic Sea.
The Silverstream System uses a series of air release units (ARUs) in the flat bottom of a vessel to generate a rigid carpet of microbubbles that travel the full length of the hull. The technology will be implemented alongside a range of measures on the vessels to reduce environmental impact, the companies said.
“We are constantly renewing and developing our fleet, and the upcoming three hybrid Ro-Ros, as well as two eco-sustainable Superstar Ro-Paxes, are a next step in the evolution of Finnlines’ fleet,” said Emanuele Grimaldi, CEO, Finnlines.
“These new vessels will increase our cargo and passenger capacity significantly and, together with our connections, we can meet the needs of our customers better – in a sustainable and responsible way.”