The 27,000dwt Botnia Enabler, a multi-fuel ConRo vessel with the highest Finnish-Swedish ice class, has been handed over to owner Wallenius Sol by Chinese shipyard, CIMC Raffles. The 242m-long hybrid vessel, registered in Sweden, is designed for the often harsh conditions prevailing in the Gulf of Bothnia.
After loading cargo at two Chinese ports, the Botnia Enabler will sail for Antwerp before being deployed on a regular service between Zeebrugge, Antwerp, Kokkola, Skellefteå, Oulu, Kemi and Travemünde from the end of June. The new vessel will boost current container capacity on the route threefold, from 336 TEU to about 1,000 TEU, while providing customers with a doubling of space for rolling cargo of up to 5,800 lane metres.
The ship will provide significantly more sustainable transport. With an engine capable of burning LNG, LBG, diesel and synthetic diesel, the Botnia Enabler will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 60%, NOx by 96%, and SOx and particulates by 99%, the company said. A sister ship, Baltic Enabler, is due for delivery within the next few months.
Ragnar Johansson, Wallenius Sol managing director, commented: “We’re incredibly pleased and proud to welcome Botnia Enabler to our fleet. She’s been eagerly awaited by us and our customers. The vessel will play an important role for our customers, who need more capacity, and for us and our ability to reduce our environmental and climate impact.”
Wallenius Sol takes delivery of ice-class ConRo vessel