Kvarken Link sells the ferry M/S Wasa Express to UME Shipping

On 16th December 2020, the Vaasa based Finnish/Swedish shipowner Kvarken Link entered into an agreement with UME Shipping LLC, United Arab Emirates, to sell the M/S Wasa Express on private terms. Kvarken Link is presently building the M/S Aurora Botnia replacing the Wasa Express in May 2021. M/S Wasa Express will be delivered to UME shipping in direct continuation after the new ferry Aurora Botnia has entered into service on the route between Vaasa in Finland and Umeå in Sweden. Wasa Express will enter UME Shipping’s services in the Red Sea.

“We are very pleased that we managed to enter into an agreement with UME Shipping who has a good reputation in maintaining and operating their vessels and have set a new standard for ferry operations in the Red Sea. We believe that UME Shipping share our values in how ships shall be operated and maintained.  It is an important milestone to have reached this agreement already now, enabling us to focus on the operations of the existing vessel, as well as the newbuilding project.” says Captain Peter Ståhlberg, Managing Director of Wasaline.

“With our latest acquisition, the Wasa Express, we will be the first operator with a battery hybrid ferry in the Red Sea. In addition to the battery system the vessel is equipped with a number of the latest optimizing equipment in the market, effectively reducing the carbon dioxide footprint.  The vessel is maintained to highest level and offers highest passenger standard. We are looking forward to taking over Wasa Express and to continue the fine co-operation with Kvarken Link”, says Mr Mohamed Badawy, Chairman and owner of UME Shipping.



IMO 8000226

Built 1981 by OY Wärtsilä AB, Helsinki, Finland.

Length Overall                                    140,8 m
Breadth overall                                  24,50 m
Deadweight                                         2,501 tons
Gross tonnage                                    17,053
Net tonnage                                        5195

Passenger and crew capacity

No. of persons onboard Crew 65 PAX 915

Owned by Kvarken Link Oy, Wasaline is the northernmost shipping company that transports passengers and cargo daily between Vaasa, Finland and Umeå, Sweden. Wasaline’s new vessel, under construction at Rauma Marine Constructions, Finland, will be delivered in April 2021. For more information: www.wasaline.com.

United Marine Egypt s.a.e (UME)  is a highly pro-active and dynamic company involved in business development for ship management – chartering – brokerage and earns a reputation of professionalism, competence and excellence of services. https://www.umegypt.com/

For more information:

Peter Ståhlberg, Managing Director, Wasaline  e-mail: [email protected], phone: +358 40 5592353

UME Shipping, www.umegypt.com