Foreship Ensures New Design For Wasaline Ferry

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  • Wasaline ferry to freight and passenger connections between Umeå in Sweden and Vaasa in Finland and to incorporate specific flexibility, stability and efficiency challenges for the ship.
  • The state-of-the-art ‘Super 1A Ice Class ferry’ will be built by 2021 with capacity for 1,500 lane meters of freight and 800 passengers.
  • It features dual-fuel main engines running mainly on liquefied natural gas with the option to burn biogas.
  • It also includes 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.

According to marine insight, naval architect and design engineering consultant Foreship will incorporate energy efficiency, flexibility, and optimized space availability into the new Wasaline ferry.

Wasaline ferry

The new Wasaline ferry that will transform freight and passenger connections between Umeå in Sweden and Vaasa in Finland.

Last week, Kvarken Link 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 meters of freight and 800 passengers. The agreement will deliver the state-of-the-art ship best able to sustain the ‘Kvarken Link’, the regional connection supported jointly by city authorities in Vaasa and Umeå.

Incorporates flexibility and efficiency

Lauri Haavisto, Managing Director, Foreship commented that the Vaasa-Umeå route is vital for freight and passengers. 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 a schedule.

Vessel specs

Foreship has acted as consultants throughout the ferry 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 has acted as a technical advisor in the public procurement process.

The ship will feature dual-fuel main engines running mainly on liquefied natural gas 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.

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Source: Marine Insight

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