Danish ship design firm, Knud E. Hansen, has won a contract with China’s Nanjing Jinling Shipyard to adapt the design of its Grimaldi Green 5th Generation RoRo vessels for Finnlines, making them suitable for the carriage of heavy cargoes and operation in cold climates.
The three 238m-long vessels, likely to be delivered from 2021, are designed for all types of RoRo cargo and will have a capacity of 5,800 lane metres and an area of more than 5,000m2 on vehicle decks. Innovative features of the new ships will include air lubrication of the hull to reduce hull resistance and three large lithium batteries enabling a zero emissions profile on berth. The batteries will be charged during normal operation by shaft generators using a peak-shaving system.
The ship designs will meet the highest Finnish/Swedish ice class, 1A Super.