NLC Ferry Ab Oy I Pressrelease I 9.3.2021

Now we can simulate the trip of Aurora Botnia

Aurora Botnia, constructed by Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC), has now its own simulator. The project is a joint effort between RMC, Wasaline and Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK). The simulator is in SAMK’s premises in Rauma.

The simulator can be used for navigating to the harbour of Vaasa, the same way as it will be done with the real vessel Aurora Botnia.

With this simulator you can do training and emergency exercises. You can, for example, practice the use of the propulsion”, says Håkan Enlund, sales director at the shipyard.

Half of the pilot runs can also be done with this simulator. With these exercises, we improve safety on board “, says Johannes Sjöholm, the future captain of Aurora Botnia.

This simulator is a real example of the potential for digitization in the maritime industry. This is the only 360-degree simulator in Finland”, says Heikki Koivisto, maritime project manager at SAMK.

The Rauma maritime education and the shipyard have worked closely together since the 1990’s. Aurora Botnia is also used as a reference vessel in projects led by SAMK, “LaivaDigiLab” (development of a secure test platform for the shipbuilding process for digital systems) and “AlusAkku” (safety for ship batteries and electric cars transported in ships).

Aurora Botnia, which will be delivered this spring and operate the Vaasa-Umeå route, will be the world’s most environmentally friendly car and passenger ferry.

Press contact:

Catarina Fant, Wasaline, phone: +358 46 921 5811, [email protected]

For more information:

Heikki Koivisto, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, phone: +358 44 710 3674, [email protected]

Håkan Enlund, Rauma Marine Constructions, phone: +358 40 0365 532, [email protected]

Johannes Sjöholm, Wasaline, phone: +358 40 503 5007, [email protected]


Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) is an interdisciplinary, internationally oriented higher education institute with more than 6,000 students and about 400 experts. We operate in Pori, Rauma, Huittinen and Kankaanpää. Degrees can be taken at SAMK in four different areas of competence: well-being and health, service companies, logistics and marine technology and technology. Research, development, and innovation activities are conducted in areas of competence and are an integral part of all degrees.

Rauma Marine Construction (RMC)

Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) is one of Europe’s leading shipbuilding companies. The Rauma-based Finnish company was founded in the spring of 2014. RMC specializes in the construction and maintenance of car and passenger ferries, icebreakers, and naval vessels. More information can be found at


Owned by Kvarken Link Oy, Wasaline is the world’s northernmost year around operating ferry-shipping company. Wasaline 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: