Ferry company Wasaline is building a new RoPax ferry that will be ready for remote operations and equipped to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), thereby making it one of the world’s most efficient and environmentally sustainable ships.
The new ferry, scheduled for delivery in May 2021, would be operated between Vaasa, Finland and Umeå, Sweden. It is being built by Rauma Marine Constructions in Finland.
Peter Ståhlberg, Managing Director at NLC Ferry/Wasaline, commented that the whole concept of the automated ship is not yet completed, however, the company is working on developing and adapting it.
He explained that the major challenge of this concept is the lack of rules and regulations for automation.