Brian Climie has been on one of his trips of discovery, this time to Poland and came across the veteran of so many routes and liveries, Wawel 25,275,’80 which seems to be currently on the Gdansk - Nynäshamn (Sweden) route.
I described her in Ferry World of January this year and her 36 year career consisting of “a bewildering series of company collaborations, mergers and rebrandings”. She has been the Polish Wawel now for 12 years, her longest held name, but in this image she is looking her age and I wonder how many more years she has left. She would be a big ship to replace, but she is certainly well located to be refitted or replaced as Remontowa at Gdansk must be the most experienced ferry yard in Europe and probably now the world for both newbuild and refit.
See here Töll and Piret being built for Estonian interests. They are 114ms, with 150 car and 700 passenger capacity, a service speed of 10 knots with a maximum of 15 and they will serve between mainland Estonia and Saaremaa Island.
The image gives a great impression of the work that goes into designing and assembling such vessels and it is of course a welcome order for the steelmakers who deliver the plates.
Those of us in countries like the UK that have neglected both their shipbuilding skills and probably also the steel industry, can only look on and weep...!
The yard is completing a big order for the Danish government sponsored Royal Arctic Line which has the monopoly of serving to Greenland from Europe. They also operate the routes connecting Greenland’s coastal settlements.
Effectively, the larger ships run a cargo liner service, lo-lo and container mainly. The vessels serving to Greenland do not take passengers, but on the coast some of the smaller freighters, termed ‘settlement vessels’, carry day passengers between isolated communities. Currently these are Aqqalu Ittuk, Angaju Ittuk and Johanna Kristina.