Construction of a Wasaline dual-fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG) ice-class ferry has been confirmed by Kvarken Link and Finnish builder Rauma Marine Constructions.
The Super 1A Ice Class ferry will operate between Vaasa, Finland and Umeå, Sweden, carrying 1,500 lane metres of freight and 800 passengers
The ferry will be low-emission, operating with a combination of LNG and biogas, and switching to battery power to offer zero-emissions in port.
Naval architect and design engineering consultant Foreship has overseen the design of the ferry and acted as technical advisor in the public procurement process.
Lauri Haavisto, managing director, Foreship, said: “The Vaasa-Umeå route is vital for freight and passengers and it creates specific flexibility, stability and efficiency challenges for the ship designer. The ferry needs to maximise lane metres to support freight growth in what is the shortest link between Sweden and Finland but also navigate independently in the challenging ice conditions, while the turning circles in both ports are restricted. Again, depth variations along the four hour transit include shallow stretches, demanding flexibility in machinery performance to maintain schedule.”
“Foreship congratulates Wasaline for entering into the ferry newbuilding contract and would like to express its thanks for being given the opportunity to offer its design, specification and procurement knowledge. We look forward to providing further support as this project moves into the execution phase,” added Haavisto.
The vessel is expected to be built by 2021.