In a recent development, Rauna Marine Constructions (RMC) has announced that they have signed a letter of intent with Kvarken Link for a ropax ferry that will run on dual fuel, LNG/biogas/diesel, and batteries, says a report published in Passengership Info.
How will it be done?
The car and passenger ferry is set to operate between the Finnish city of Vaasa and the Swedish city of Umeå. The vessel order has a value of approximately €120M (US$138M). The formal construction agreement is to be signed in early 2019, with the design and construction work set to start immediately thereafter, said RMC chief executive Jyrki Heinimaa.
How will it operate?
The ferry will accommodate 800 passengers and has a freight capacity of 1,500 lane meters for lorries. The vessel will be designed to be environmentally friendly, with machinery running on a dual-fuel and battery solution, and the main source of fuel being LNG. The vessel will also utilize biogas produced in Vaasa.
The ferry has an ice class of 1A Super, guaranteeing the vessel can navigate the challenging ice conditions of the Kvarken region as independently as possible. RMC said its aim is to ensure the reliability of its vessels in all operating conditions.
Kvarken Link said that delivery will take place on 30 April 2021 at the latest.
Kvarken Link is owned by the city of Umeå and the city of Vaasa, both of whom serve as guarantors of the financing.
What it means to the company?
He added “RMC won the public international tender thanks to our expert knowledge and technology. RMC specializes 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 the customer has shown in RMC, having commissioned this ferry from us.”
Car and Passenger Ferry Hammershus, commissioned by Danish ferry operator Molslinjen, is RMC’s first newbuilding vessel and began operating in September.
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Source: Passengership Info