In Finland, Wärtsilä’s ship design group has been selected to design a new ferry as an EU-sponsored initiative to provide a “secure, environmentally and economically sustainable transport system for goods and passengers traveling through the Bothnian Corridor.”
The design budget for this gas powered vessel is roughly EUR 20 million and the artists impression shows the ship working for Wasa Line between Vaasa in Finland and Umeå in Sweden.
An even more eco-friendly vessel is the Norled being completed at the Fjellstrand yard Hardanger, which earned the accolade 2014 Ship of the Year (for Norway built vessels) at the prestigious SMM maritime trades exhibition, Hamburg.
The light-weight aluminium catamaran ferry is all-electric and has batteries developed by Siemens. They are solar powered but more importantly will recharge overnight from shore via Norway’s ample supply of hydro-electric power. She will operate the Lavik-Oppedal fjord route from early 2015. She is said to be the world’s first to operate solely on battery power and will make 34 crossings a day year round.