Hong Kong-based SeaQuest Marine Project Management has been entrusted with the prestigious construction supervision job for three Green 5th Generation zero emission newbuild ro-ro vessels for Finnlines at China Merchants Group’s Nanjing Jinling Shipyard.
Finnlines, a Finnish shipping company and part of the Grimaldi Group, had placed the order of the three Hybrid ro-ro Ultra-Large Green vessels at Jinling Shipyard back in 2018.
The vessels, whose basic design was developed by Danish ship designer Knud E Hansen, are based on the same hull as the Grimaldi Green 5th Generation (GG5G) vessels under construction at the same yard (238m length, 34m beam), but customised to the needs of Finnlines allowing for heavy cargo and operation in cold climates with the highest Finnish/Swedish ice class 1A Super. They aim to be flexible enough for all types of ro-ro cargoes, with a capacity of 5,800 lane meters and more than 5,000m2 of vehicle decks.
The vessels will be built with the latest technological and environmental solutions in mind. The new ro-ros will implement green features such as lithium batteries to provide electricity, guaranteeing zero emissions whilst in port and an innovative air lubrication system to reduce hull resistance.
The supervision site office at Jinling yard will open at beginning of June 2020 and function until the delivery of the last vessel which is expected by the end April 2022.
Announcing the contract, SeaQuest Managing Director and Chief Executive, 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 ro-ro 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”.