The ‘Aurora Botnia’ Photo: RMC
The construction of Wasaline’s new car and passenger ferry is on schedule, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Aurora Botnia is being built at Rauma Marine Constructions and is scheduled for launch in the autumn of this year.
“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 Johanna Kaijo, project manager of the newbuilding NB6002.
“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,” she added.
Construction of the cabins has also begun and the vessel’s bow gate will be delivered to the shipyard in August, along with other equipment including side doors and a moving car deck. In addition to RMC’s own staff, there are approximately 400 people working on the Wasaline project. The COVID-19 situation has posed additional challenges to the staffing of extra and rotating employees.
“We hope that the decisions made by the Finnish government on 4 May regarding the ease of labour movement will help this situation,” said Jyrki Heinimaa, president and chief executive, Rauma Marine Constructions.