Wärtsilä ship design contract

05 Aug 2014
Wärtsilä’s design for the new Bothnian ferry will take into account the need for operational flexibility

Wärtsilä’s design for the new Bothnian ferry will take into account the need for operational flexibility

Wärtsilä has been selected as the partner for designing a new ferry as part of the ‘Midway Alignment of the Bothnian Corridor’ project.

The ferry is designed for sailing between Vaasa in Finland and Umeå in Sweden across the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea, it is part of the bigger picture to develop a multi-modal logistics corridor across the Gulf of Bothnia.

“The planning and design of the new ferry is one of the key activities in the project. Feasibility and environmental sustainability are essential cornerstones, and Wärtsilä’s experience and expertise will contribute greatly to achieving a successful solution,” said Mathias Lindström, director, Kvarken Council and Project Leader for the Midway Alignment of the Bothnian Corridor project.

He added that Wärtsilä’s extensive experience in gas fuelled propulsion were important factors in the award of this contract.

Wärtsilä’s design for the new ferry will take into account the need for operational flexibility since the transport demands on this route vary from season to season.

The demand for cargo transports is quite stable in the course of the year while passenger traffic peaks during the summer therefore flexibility will be important in the concept.

Icy conditions during winter months can be quite severe and therefore the design work needs also to consider the operations during harsh winters.

The ship design phase is scheduled to be finalised by the end of the second quarter of 2015.

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