Finnish shipbuilding company Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) on Friday (11 January) says it has received an order for a car and passenger ferry with a value of approximately EUR 120 million (US $137.63 million).
The hybrid vessel, which can be powered either by either liquefied natural gas (LNG) or biogas together with a battery solution, is designed to operate between the Finnish city of Vaasa and the Swedish city of Umeå.
The formal construction agreement is to be signed in early 2019, with the design and construction work set to start immediately thereafter, says Jyrki Heinimaa, CEO of RMC.
“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,” he said.
“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 ferry, commissioned by Kvarken Link, will accommodate some 800 passengers and has a freight capacity of 1,500 lane metres for lorries.
It will have an ice class of 1A Super, in order to guarantee that the vessel is able to navigate in the challenging ice conditions of the Kvarken region as independently as possible. RMC’s aim is to ensure the reliability of its vessels in all operating conditions.
Kvarken Link is owned by the city of Umeå and the city of Vaasa, both of whom serve as guarantors of the financing.
Photo credit: Rauma Marine Constructions
Published: 14 January, 2019
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