The new ro-pax vessel FINNSIRIUS, part of Finnlines EUR 500-million Green Investment Programme, was named at a festive ceremony in Naantali on 13 September 2023. Following the tradition at maritime namings, ship’s godmother Tiina Ahola broke a bottle of champagne against the bow, wishing the ship, its crew and passengers good fortune and fair winds.
FINNSIRIUS, just delivered to Finnlines by China Merchants Jinling shipyard, called at the port of Gioia Tauro before reaching the port of Naantali to start the regular line with Långnäs and Kapellskär from mid- September.
In Southern Italy, the Superstar-class new vessel discharged new cars loaded in China and embarked new vans to be delivered in Northern Europe.
The Grimaldi-controlled ferry company stated that FINNSIRIUS’ maiden voyage from Naantali to Kapellskär will take place on Friday 15 September 2023. The first passengers will then get to travel on the new ship and enjoy special programmes: music entertainment, a guided tour around the ship, extra offers in the restaurants and in the tax-free shop. Tickets for the maiden voyage are now available via Finnlines’ website.
FINNSIRIUS departures from Naantali will be scheduled in the mornings at 11:45 on Monday–Wednesday, and at 10:30 on Thursday–Sunday. The ship arrives in Kapellskär after rush hours and the drive to Stockholm takes only one hour.
FINNSIRIUS will depart from Kapellskär in the evening.
The Finnlines fleet saw a reshuffle after the purchase of EUROPALINK, last week.
At the end of April, NORDLINK, already renamed FINNSWAN, will move from the Malmö–Travemünde route to the Naantali–Långnäs–Kapellskär route.
She will be one of the first ships of this cargo capacity (4,215 lane metres) to service the Finnlines customers.
Before, she will undergo refurbishment in the public areas.