Finnlines celebrates the arrival of the Finncanopus

A new chapter in Finnlines’ history has been written in the last two years with the Green Investment Program, which has brought the company into the hybrid era. On 14 February this year, the naming of the ferry operator’s second hybrid ro-pax vessel Finncanopus marked the completion of this program.

As tradition has it, during a ceremony held in Naantali (Finland), a bottle of champagne was broken against the vessel’s bow by her godmother Katariina Nurmi, the spouse of DB Schenker Cluster Nordics CEO Petteri Nurmi. While this symbolises a wish for good fortune and fair winds for the vessel, together with her crew and passengers, the choice of Katariina Nurmi as the Finncanopus’s godmother was also highly symbolic: it reflects Finnlines’ commitment to being the stable base of an efficient logistics network, supporting Finland’s and Europe’s trade performance and industrial development, and allowing the company itself and its network of logistics partners to grow stronger together.

On 15 February, before setting off on her maiden voyage, the Finncanopus made a unique debut in Stockholm, where she docked at the Stadsgården terminal, in front of the Fotografiska Museum. In the early afternoon, around 150 members of the Star Club, Finnlines’ customer loyalty club, were welcomed on board and had an opportunity to tour the ship and explore her bars and restaurants, spa area, cabins and conference facilities. A press conference and a shipboard tour were also arranged for the media. The day concluded with an opening party before the vessel’s departure for Kapellskär later in the evening. From there, the following morning, the Finncanopus left on her first voyage to Långnäs and Naantali, joining the Finnsirius on the Finland–Åland­–Sweden route.

Named after the brightest stars in the night sky, the Superstar class vessels Finnsirius and Finncanopus have greatly enhanced Finnlines’ transport service offer. Each can carry 1,100 passengers, which is about twice as many as the former ro-pax vessels on the route. The cargo capacity has also increased, from just over 4,000 lane metres to 5,200. These vessels also transport cargo more sustainably. For example, they are equipped with enormous high-power battery banks and have shore power connection capability in order to have zero emissions while in port.

Smooth freight traffic in the Baltic Sea serves as the backbone of the region’s economies and national security of supply,” explained Finnlines’ President & CEO Tom Pippingsköld. “Finnlines’ innovative concept combines cargo with passenger traffic, and our Newbuilding Program will significantly enhance our business model. By optimising capacity, we aim to increase efficiency and sustainability. This is also supported by investments in energy efficiency and cutting-edge green technologies.

Superstar-class vessels also offer upgraded services and more travel comfort than the previous generation of ro-pax vessels. The new ships have many cabin categories, ranging from basic, compact cabins, to some which can accommodate six, and luxurious suites. As for dining, passengers can choose from among seven bars and restaurants. There are also conference rooms and lounge facilities, a large duty-free shop, a spa with gym and yoga rooms, activities for children and even two outdoor areas for pets. The magnificent archipelago can be enjoyed through large panoramic windows. In short, these vessels offer a cruise-level travel experience.

The Finncanopus and her sister vessel Finnsirius show our commitment to providing top-tier sustainable transport services to both our freight customers and passengers,” said Antonio Raimo, Line Manager at Finnlines. “Our second hybrid ro-pax vessel will enable Finnlines to grow even stronger together with our network partners. What’s more, Finnlines’ schedules are tailored to serve freight and passengers in all three destinations concerned – namely Naantali (Finland), Långnäs (Åland Islands) and Kapellskär (Sweden).”

We expect a continuously strong demand for freight and passenger services, which will be accelerated by the new Superstar ro-pax vessels, which serve a wider market segment and meet our customers’ expectations,” added Head of Finnlines Passenger Services Marco Palmu. In fact, as many as 695,000 people – comprising truck drivers and private passengers – travelled with Finnlines in 2023, a 7% year-on-year increase. Also in 2023, leisure travel grew by over 17%. And it is no coincidence that the greatest growth was achieved precisely on the route between mainland Finland, Åland and Sweden (+49%), followed by the route between Finland and Germany (+11%).

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