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Thursday, September 17, 2020 

Wasaline’s new car and passenger ferry 'Aurora Botnia' has been floated out at the Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) shipyard in Rauma, Finland, in preparation for planned completion in spring 2021, after which it will operate between Vaasa in Finland and Umeċ in Sweden.

Aurora Botnia will be the first ro-pax with a Clean Design class notation. The four main engines, supplied by Wärtsilä, will run on both LNG and liquefied biogas. When the ferry is approaching or departing port, she can operate utilising electrical power.

Wasaline MD Peter Ståhlberg said: "The new ship is the most environmentally friendly ro-pax ferry in the world, and it has many innovative features. Wasaline wants to be the most sympathetic, eco-friendly and reliable shipping company operating in the Baltic Sea."

“We can be proud of the fact that despite the unusual circumstances, we are now celebrating the float-out of Aurora Botnia. People at RMC and in our network of partners have done an excellent job, tackling challenges brought about by the coronavirus and driving the project forward in a determined manner. As this project is unique to both parties, I am extremely happy with the smooth cooperation between our team and the customer. I have every reason to believe it will continue to run on track”, said Jyrki Heinimaa, President and CEO, RMC.

The launch signals the next stage in building the vessel: equipment assembly and interior work will begin. The focus will shift from steelwork to piping, insulation, ventilation and electrical installation. Work around the engine rooms and the car deck will be continued. The ship will slowly come to life with integration of automation and various systems. The vessel’s interior work will be done during winter. The outfitting phase will be concluded with sea trials and commissioning for operation in spring 2021.

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