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Tuesday, January 29, 2019 

Naval architect and design engineering consultant Foreship says that energy efficiency, flexibility and optimised space availability will be built into the new Wasaline ferry that has been ordered to operate freight and passenger services between Umeň in Sweden and Vaasa in Finland.

Operator Kvarken Link has now converted a letter of intent with Finnish builder Rauma Marine Constructions into a firm contract to construct the Super 1A Ice Class ferry by 2021, with capacity for 1,500 lane metres of freight and 800 passengers. The agreement will deliver the ship best able to sustain the ‘Kvarken Link’, the regional connection supported jointly by city authorities in Vaasa and Umeå.

“The Vaasa-Umeå route is vital for freight and passengers”, said Foreship MD Lauri Haavisto, "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 has acted as consultants throughout the development process, working closely with the owner’s team from the outset to deliver the concept design, the initial General Arrangement, as well as inquiry specification and machinery concepts. In addition, Foreship acted as technical advisor in the public procurement process.

The ship will feature dual fuel main engines running mainly on LNG with the option to burn biogas. In addition, the Wasaline ferry will also include battery power, reducing its overall environmental footprint either by operating with zero emissions in-port or by meeting peak load demands more efficiently at sea.

"Foreship Ltd 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,” said Haavisto.

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