A new LNG-powered passenger/car ferry will soon enter service in the Baltic Sea, operating between the cities of Vaasa in Finland and Umea in Sweden. The sea trials took just a year and a half from the time the order for the ship was placed
The new LNG ferry is the Aurora Botnia, owned by Finnish shipping company Waseline. The shipbuilding company Rauma Marine Constructions from Finland has announced that the vessel has just completed its sea trials, preparatory to the start of its operation.
The date of the new ship’s first voyage between the cities of Finland and Sweden is not yet known, but it is likely to be in June, as the authorities of Vaasa and Umea are keen to make the connection operational as soon as possible. This was originally planned to happen even earlier – the Aurora Botnia was scheduled to come off the slipways in May this year. However, the Covid-19 pandemic thwarted these plans and the project was slightly delayed.
The Aurora Botnia is equipped with a hybrid propulsion system from Wartsila. The vessel’s primary fuel is LNG, but when entering and leaving ports, it will run on battery electricity, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and pollution in ports to zero.