Manta fits OPS on board Finnlines trio

2024-04-14T14:27:56+00:00 April 14th, 2024|Environment|

Manta Marine Technologies (MMT) (formerly Yara Marine Technologies (YMT)) has completed the installation and commissioning of on board shore power systems on three Finnlines vessels- ‘Finnlady’, ‘Finnmaid’ and ’Finnstar’.

These projects cement MMT’s reputation as a provider of turnkey shore power solutions, which are likely to see higher take up by the maritime sector as it transitions to a low and zero carbon future, the company said.

The installations, on board the RINA-classed Finnlines ropax sisters support Finnlines’ commitment to de-carbonise the fleet and reduce the environmental impact on shoreside communities.

Thomas Doepel, Finnlines Deputy CEO, said: “Finnlines has a long history of meeting strategic environmental aims by consistently setting short-term goals to reach excellent long-term results.

“We are proud to have partnered with Manta Marine Technologies on this pioneering initiative, and we are confident that shore power will play a crucial role in reducing our environmental footprint and GHG emissions,” he said.

Ina Reksten, MMT’s CEO, added: “Shore power is a valuable tool for shipowners looking to improve the environmental credentials of their vessels and I’m thrilled that our customer Finnlines have had such a positive experience with our team.

“We look forward to more shipowners boosting their green credentials through use of our turnkey shore power solution as well as other products in Manta Marine’s portfolio,” she said.

MMT’s shore power team worked closely with Finnlines to minimise vessel downtime and ensure that the new equipment was installed as seamlessly as possible.

The former worked to prepare the vessels for shore power, while Finnlines — in collaboration with the port authorities — developed a cable management system for the quayside.

The first phase of the installations took place in spring 2023 and involved some preparatory work being performed while the vessels were sailing, as well as when the vessels were alongside.

The MMT team ensured that the detailed design was completed simultaneously and performed FATs.

The initial power transfer trial took place on board the ‘Finnmaid’ at the Port of Helsinki in December, 2023 and has demonstrated that the system performs exactly as expected.

“The installation took 10 months from start to completion on the first vessel, but this is due to specific long-lead items back in 2022,” explained Carl Fredrik Erikson, responsible for MMT’s shore power project management, adding that installation times will now be reduced due to shorter delivery time.

“That said, they could also become longer if the whole market decides to invest at the same time,” he added, pointing out that a number of operators are considering retrofit installations for their fleets.

“Our class approved and well-functioning shore power system is relatively unique for complex high-voltage shore power retrofits. We believe that our engineering approach aligns very well with the needs of the existing global fleet,” he said.

This project was followed by the successful commissioning of the ‘Finnlady’ in the beginning of 2024, followed closely by the ‘Finnstar’.

In addition, Grimaldi Group company, Finnlines has started operating a ropax service between Malmö (Sweden) and Świnoujście (Poland).

As from 10th April, ‘Finnfellow’ is providing daily departures in each direction – in the morning from Malmö and in the evening from Świnoujście.

She has a capacity for 440 pax and around 3,000 lane metres for cars and other rolling freight.

As from 10th April, she is providing daily departures in each direction – in the morning from Malmö and in the evening from Świnoujście.