On Friday 14th July , the 218 metre ro/ro vessel FINNSUN entered Grand Harbour, Malta at 0811 hrs coming from Salerno, Italy during her maiden call.
Her purpose of the port call was to discharge new cars and berthed at Laboratory Wharf Inner, part of Valletta Gateway Terminals (VGT).
In August 2007 it was reported that Finnlines had ordered six new ice classed ro/ro vessels from the Chinese Yard – Jinling Shipyard at Nanjing in China, with planned delivery dates in 2010 for the first two vessels and 2011 for the remaining four.
In fact back to April 2011 , Malta Ship Photos & Action Photos (MSPAP) did Aerial Photography on the 2011 built sistership FINNBREEZE which stopped at Malta for Uplifting Bunkers at Bunkering Area 4 by the bunkering tanker SANTA ELENA during her delivery voyage.
In January 2007 the Italian Grimaldi Group became the largest owner of Finnlines and expressed interest in purchasing the entire company. However, a public tender offer made to the other owners in November 2006 resulted in Grimaldi gaining only 85,029 stocks, or 0.18% of the total and in October 2015, Grimaldi completed its acquisition of the entirety of Finnlines.
She was spotted with scrubber installed. Scrubbers or Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) are used to remove particulate matter and harmful components, such as sulphur oxides (SOx) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the exhaust gasses generated as a result of combustion processes in marine engines, to implement pollution control.
She left Valletta at 1617 hrs bound to Tunis, Tunisia of which she left already around 2 hours ago assisted by 2 local tugs.
Finnlines part of Grimaldi Group are represented in Malta by Sullivan Maritime Ltd– www.sullivanmaritime.com