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Wasaline says work on the Aurora Botnia at the Rauma shipyard in Finland remains on schedule, in spite of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

‘We are starting to put together the last blocks and the construction of the hull, as well as the fitting of the machine rooms and car decks, is proceeding at a rapid pace,’ said project manager, Johanna Kaijo.

‘A total of seven of Aurora Botnia’s blocks will be delivered from Gdansk in Poland, of which three arrived at the end of April. We are currently fitting the blocks that were delivered.’

Wasaline MD Peter Ståhlberg also commented: ‘Our vessel will be the world’s most environmentally friendly car and passenger ferry. It has been a pleasure to follow its construction and to witness how well the project has been advancing.

‘The excellent degree of cooperation between the shipyard and its subcontractors is evident at all stages and the construction is going forward according to schedule despite the challenges.’

The dual-fuelled Aurora Botnia will primarily operate on LNG, and there will be the possibility to use liquid biogas. The vessel will also use battery power when entering and leaving ports and for peak shaving.

Launch of the vessel is slated for autumn 2020.

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