The new Kvarken ferry will be built in Raumo

The new passenger ferry servicing the Vaasa-Umeå route will be built by Rauma Constructions. The Board of Directors of Kvarken Link have today decided to enter into a Letter of Intent with Rauma Marine Constructions Oy (RMC).

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RMC’s 3D illustration of the vessel. Photo credit: RMC

The Board of Directors of Kvarken Link have today decided to enter into a Letter of Intent with Rauma Marine Constructions Oy (RMC). The decision is based upon the result of a public procurement process initiated June 2nd 2018.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mayor Tomas Häyry, expresses his appreciation of the successful process and the result achieved:

“I would like to express my highest appreciation to all involved for the hard work performed, bringing the project to a success. The Board of Directors would also like to thank everybody in their different roles for the positive development of the future business relations between Ostrobothnia and Västerbotten.”

Vessel running on gas and biogas

The ship is a modern ferry with 2 cargo decks with a total capacity of 1500 lanemeters and with drive-through arrangement, and a capacity of 800 passengers.

The ferry, commissioned by Kvarken Link, is a modern ship with 2 cargo decks, will accommodate around 800 passengers and has a freight capacity of 1,500 lane metres for lorries. The vessel will be designed to be environmentally friendly, with a machinery running on a dual fuel and battery solution. The main source of fuel is liquefied natural gas. The vessel will also be able to utilise, for example, biogas produced in Vaasa.

Kvarken Link is owned by the city of Umeå and the city of Vaasa, both of whom serve as guarantors of the financing.
Delivery of the vessel will take place April 30th 2021 at the latest.

Also Mr Mathias Lindström, director of the Kvarken Council, expresses his appreciation over the decision that Kvarken Link has taken:

“This is a result of a unique teamwork in the region and at the same time a receipt that most things are possible if you dare and really believe in your case.”

 

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