Delivery date of car and passenger ferry Aurora Botnia, operating between Vasa in Finland and Umeå in Sweden, moved to late-August

21.7.2021 Media releases

Aurora Botnia, the car and passenger ferry soon operating between Vasa and Umeå, completed its first sea trial in June. After the successful first trial, the preparations for the next sea trial have been underway in the RMC shipyard.

With further preparatory work making headway the delivery schedule for Aurora Botnia has been adjusted to late-August in order to allow enough time for the commissioning of the ferry’s operating systems. According to current estimates, the handover will occur during week 32 at the earliest.

When completed, the ship will be the most environmentally friendly car and passenger ferry, the uniqueness of which has also been reflected in its construction phase.

The Aurora Botnia ferry uses a combination of new technologies and innovative solutions that are not found on any other car and passenger ferry in the world. When building such a ship, many things are being done and tested for the first time, which has affected, for example, the time required for the commissioning of the operating systems. With the handover in August, this fine car and passenger ferry will be completed without compromising on high quality”, tells Jyrki Heinimaa, the CEO of Rauma Marine Constructions.

According to Heinimaa, the work will continue efficiently at Rauma shipyard until the ferry’s completion.

“For both RMC and our customer, the target is of course to have Aurora Botnia handed over as soon as possible. We work long hours and weekends on the ship and monitor the progress of the work on a daily basis. At the same time, however, we must also ensure that the work can be done with a restricted number of people, complying the corona-safe limit.

The exact date of the handover will be announced once the schedule is confirmed.