The Molslinjen passenger and car ferry

Construction of the new ferry Hammershus for Danish shipping company Molslinjen, the inaugural ship commission of Rauma Marine Constructions, is currently underway at the Rauma shipyard.

The 158-meter ferry is due to enter service in autumn 2018. The ship’s passenger capacity has increased from 400 at the time of signing the contract to 720 currently. The vessel can carry some 90 full-trailer trucks of cargo. Its main cargo will be trucks, but the ferry can transport hundreds of personal cars if necessary.

The primary operating route of the ferry will be between Køge, Zealand and Rønne, Bornholm, but the ferry will see use for a period of the year on the route between Rønne and Sassnitz in Germany.

The ship will be constructed in Rauma in full, and its estimated effect on employment is one thousand man-years.

General overhaul of research vessel Aranda

A general overhaul of the Finnish Environment Institute research vessel Aranda began at the Rauma shipyard in the summer of 2017.

With repairs and modernisation, Aranda is hoped to remain in operation until the 2030s. The project includes the addition of a new central section, and the ship’s aft and afterdeck are redesigned. Thanks to the additional length, Aranda’s research and laboratory facilities can be expanded and the vessel is able to switch to a fully electrical transmission in order to meet new requirements for research.

After the overhaul, Aranda’s operations will be more environmentally friendly. The new battery technology lowers emissions and significantly reduces noise pollution, which greatly helps the study of marine biology.

Conversion of icebreaker Otso

The extensive conversion work for Arctia icebreaker Otso was carried out at the RMC shipyard during early summer 2015. In the project, Otso was converted to a specialised vessel capable of more versatile tasks.

The ship was fitted with a roll stabilisation tank to enable open water navigation. The conversion also reinforced the ship’s structures in order to upgrade its ice class to match Arctic requirements.

In addition to this, the hull was reinforced and the vessel was fitted with new lifeboats and helicopter deck that meet international standards.

Originally designed for the Baltic Sea, the converted Otso can now operate anywhere in the world. The three-month-long conversion project employed tens of people in Rauma.

Maintenance of multi-purpose icebreakers Fennica and Nordica

Rauma Marine Constructions has an agreement with Arctia Oy on the maintenance of the multi-purpose vessels Nordica and Fennica. The first round of maintenance work by RMC took place in early 2015.

Some fifty metalwork, surface treatment and electrical installation professionals from Rauma Marine Construction’s network of partners worked on the icebreakers.

Both multi-purpose vessels have strong ties to Rauma. Fennica was launched from the Aker Finnyards shipyard in Rauma in 1993, and its sister ship Nordica one year later.

Modernisation of Tallink Silja Serenade and Symphony

In autumn 2015, Rauma Marine Constructions carried out modernisation of the ferry m/s Silja Serenade, which operates between Helsinki and Stockholm. The project included both surface renovations visible to passengers and technical upgrades.

The ship’s bottom was repaired, its steering system was upgraded, and one of the main engines was fully serviced. Extensive overhaul was also carried out for the seventh deck, and all 60 deluxe cabins on board were fully modernised during the two-week dry docking.

Modernisation for Silja Symphony took place in early 2016. The vessel received somewhat similar alterations to its sister ship, Silja Serenade. All family cabins on Symphony were modernised, and deluxe cabins were redecorated. As with Serenade, the conference area lobby was also renovated.

In addition to this, the Old Port Pub in the ship’s aft received new surfaces and furnishings, and a new entrance to the pub and concert stage was constructed on the Promenade.

Image: Dubai Properties

Steel structures for artificial islands and floating luxury villas

With its own steel production line, Rauma Marine Constructions has delivered several steel structures to the United Arab Emirates. The supplied projects include a recreation area adjacent to the Dubai luxury hotel Burj al-Arab, as well as artificial steel islands and floating villas. The 10,000 m2 floating recreation area includes a 1,000-tonne beach and restaurants.

The structures supplied to the UAE were produced as subcontractor work to the Turku company Admares. Construction of the latest Dubai Properties commission began in Rauma in October 2016, and a delivery of nine floating villas departed for the Persian Gulf in July 2017. In the next shipment, Admares will supply Dubai with another villa, two restaurants and a yacht club constructed in Rauma.

Burj al-Arab Hotel Beach Platform

  • Delivered in January 2016
  • Steel volume 3,000 tonnes
  • Deck area 10,000m2
  • Restaurants, pools, beach, cabanas

Floating Real Estate

  • Delivery of nine villas to Dubai in summer 2017. One villa, two restaurants and a yacht club to be delivered in the next shipment.
  • 10 villas
  • 2 restaurants
  • yacht club