Wasaline’s clean design RoPax ferry gets ABB’s Azipod electric propulsion

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By Jasmina Ovcina Image courtesy: ABB

Aurora Botnia, Wasaline’s new the 150-meter car and passenger ferry, has been fitted with ABB’s ice-class Azipod electric propulsion.

The new ferry, launched by the Finnish shipyard Rauma Marine Constructions, will be operated by Wasaline on the world’s northernmost all-year passenger route between Vaasa in Finland and Umeå in Sweden.

Each of the five blades of the Azipod units is about two meters long. They are made from nickel aluminum bronze for increased strength and excellent performance in both open and ice-covered waters.

The Azipod units where the electric drive motor in a submerged pod outside the

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