The environmental policy of Wasaline entails the entire organization and our way of working. The company transports both passengers and goods across the Kvarken strait on a daily basis. This is the northernmost all year round ferry crossing in the world. The Wasaline route cuts across the Unesco world natural heritage site and the waters are rich in natural species.
The company takes great responsibility for keeping the sea clean for future generations along the Ostrobothnian coast in Finland and the Västerbotten coast in Sweden. The municipalities on both sides of the Kvarken strait have set clear environmental targets: the municipality of Umeå with the local Agenda 2030 programme, and the city of Vaasa’s ambition to become climate neutral by 2035. Wasaline has set its own targets for environmental contribution to complement these strategies.
The ferry, Aurora Botnia, is a modern ship with 2 cargo decks. It accommodates around 800 passengers and has a freight capacity of 1,500 lane meters for trucks and cars. The vessel is designed to be environmentally friendly, with a machinery running on a dual fuel and battery solution. The main source of fuel is liquefied natural gas, LNG. The vessel will also be able to utilise biogas.
Everything from the design of the ferry to passenger flow and experience is taking the environmental aspects into account. Here are some examples:
- Flexible use of passenger areas with intelligent ventilation and lightning
- Smart Harbors and automatic registering of cars
- Smart cabins
- Environmentally friendly materials