Helsinki - 15.12.2021
At the end of January 2022, the ro-pax vessel Europalink will replace Finnfellow on the Naantali–Långnäs–Kapellskär route after she has substituted Finnswan during her scheduled dry docking at the beginning of January, and undergone a facelift for public areas. The cargo capacity will increase by 1,200 lane meters and passenger capacity by over 100. She will sail under the Finnish flag, employing about 80 Finnish seafarers.
Europalink is one of the series of five ro-pax vessels, one of which, Finnswan, has been operating on the route since 2018. The entry of Europalink means that both morning and evening departures offer the same capacity and a uniform service concept and facilities for all customers. Before transferring to the Finland–Sweden traffic, the public areas on Europalink will be refurbished to upgrade travel comfort. Finnfellow will move from Naantali to the Malmö–Travemünde route.
Celebrating 25 years of maritime link
16 December 2021 marks 25 years of Finnlines’ maritime connection between Naantali and Kapellskär. With the introduction of Europalink, Finnlines consolidates its position as the main maritime service provider between Finland and Sweden.
Finnlines specialises in freight transport and the main task is to ensure the smooth flow of goods. Finnlines’ extensive line network provides Finland’s export industry with a regular and reliable way into the European market, while ensuring the transport of goods from abroad to Finland that are important for security of supply. Finnlines continues to provide sustainable and environmentally friendly services on market terms without public support.
“It should be remembered that Finland is dependent on sea traffic, its fluency and competitiveness. We must be able to offer sufficient capacity for our customers whose business depends on reliable sea transportation services. We provide cost-efficient and high frequency liner services to our customers with the lowest CO2 emissions per transported cargo unit. The ongoing EUR 500 million newbuilding programme will ensure that we are well positioned to pave the way for the new green path of the shipping industry,” says Emanuele Grimaldi, CEO of Finnlines.
Europalink, ship particulars:
Year of build: 2007
Gross tonnage: 45,923
Total lane length: 4,215 m
Europalink - Star Class
Europalink will join the sister vessel Finnswan in traffic between Finland and Sweden. Image by Finnlines Plc.
Finnlines is a leading shipping operator of ro-ro and passenger services in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Bay of Biscay. The Company is a part of the Grimaldi Group, one of the world’s largest operators of ro-ro vessels and the largest operator of the Motorways of the Sea in Europe for both passengers and freight. This affiliation enables Finnlines to offer liner services to and from any destination in the Mediterranean, West Africa as well as the Atlantic coast of both North and South America.
Finnlines Plc press release