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Sunday, January 13, 2019 

Finnish shipbuilding company Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) has signed its third letter of intent within a short period of time. The newest letter concerns a car and passenger ferry set to operate between the Finnish city of Vaasa and the Swedish city of Umeň.

The order is valued at about €120 million, and delivery is scheduled for April 2021. The formal construction agreement is to be signed in early 2019, with the design and construction work set to start immediately thereafter, said Jyrki Heinimaa, CEO of RMC. He added: ”RMC won the public international tender thanks to our expert knowledge and technology. RMC specialises in the design and construction of car and passenger ferries. We are therefore both pleased and proud to have showcased our competence in this area. We are also very grateful for the confidence that the customer has shown in RMC, having commissioned this ferry from us.”

The vessel order comes at an appropriate time for RMC, seeing as the design and construction will mainly be carried out before the construction of the Tallink Shuttle vessel, for which the letter of intent was signed in October 2018.

The new ferry is commissioned by Kvarken Link, which is owned by the city of Umeå and the city of Vaasa. The ship will accommodate some 800 passengers and has a freight capacity of 1,500 lane metres. The machinery will operate on dual fuel and battery technology, with LNG as the main source of fuel. The vessel will also be able to use, for example, biogas produced in Vaasa. It will be designed and built to ice class 1A Super, in order to independently cope with navigation in the Kvarken region.

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