Wasaline’s new dual-fuel ferry fitted with ABB’s Azipod system

ABB has reported that Wasaline’s new dual-fuel car and passenger ferry Aurora Botnia is equipped with its ice-class Azipod electric propulsion.

As reported yesterday, the Aurora Botnia was floated out at Rauma Marine Constructions’ (RMC) shipyard in Finland on Friday (11 September). The ferry’s four main engines, supplied by Wärtsilä, will run on both LNG and LBG biogas. The ferry will also be able to operate using electrical power when approaching or departing harbour area. 

Entering service in 2021, the Aurora Botnia will have the capacity to transport 800 passengers and up to 1,500 lane metres of trucks and cars, completing two round trips per day in high season.

The Azipod electric propulsion system was delivered to the shipyard fully engineered and ready for immediate installation.

‘We chose ABB’s Azipod electric propulsion for several reasons,’ said Peter Ståhlberg, Wasaline CEO. ‘Superior manoeuvrability will save time and increase productivity, enabling precise schedules to be maintained on this route. We calculated likely annual time savings of close to four days of operation, which was compelling. The solution also saves valuable space on board and simplifies hull construction. Access to ABB’s training and support services in Finland were other major plus points.’

According to ABB: ‘In addition to its proven ability to cut fuel consumption by up to 20% compared to traditional propulsion, Azipod technology also improves the onboard experience for passengers and crew through its quiet-running and vibration-free operation.’

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor