Wasaline Signed the SAILS Initiative

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Wasaline is the first Nordic shipping company to sign the SAILS (Sustainable Actions for Innovative and Low-Impact Shipping) Initiative for Good Practices in Maritime Transport for the Protection of the Marine and Coastal Environment.

The new ferry currently under construction features several environmental-friendly attributes that exceed the regulatory obligations that Wasaline now can undertake and sign for.

The SAILS Initiative for Good Practices in Maritime Transport for the Protection of the Marine and Coastal Environment is a French initiative in the field of sustainable maritime transport.

Stability for Wasaline in Spite of Challenging Year

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Challenges in 2019:

  • Ropax WASA EXPRESS was away for a three-week maintenance visit at the shipyard, in January
  • The Finnish Seafarer ‘s Union’s support strike in November affected operations: 8 departures were cancelled and 4 departures were without cargo.

Positive in 2019:

  • The average price of fuel decreased by 2.5% during the financial year. Due to this combined with the investments for energy savings, the fuel cost has decreased by 8.4%. The total fuel savings was 9.6%.
  • The ice winter was mild.

Key figures for 2019:

Status quo revenue €19.6 million.

Passenger traffic sales increased by 6.3% and cargo sales decreased by 6.2%.

  • -2.8% Departures 826
  • -3.5% Passengers 204,704
  • -1.4% Cars 46,312
  • -4.3% Cargo units 15,913

FERRY FINANCE

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Stable Turnover for Wasaline Despite less Sailings

The 2019 volumes were greatly affected by a 3-week absence of ferry WASA EXPRESS, and the Finnish postal strike.

This meant only 826 departures, compared to 850 in 2018.

Stable €19.6 million turnover

  • -3.5% Passengers (204,704)
  • -1.4% Cars (46,312)
  • -4.3% Freight units

All Time High Q2 For Wasaline

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Q2 is the best so far for Wasaline, since the start of operations in 2013.

There is an increase in all segments.

  • +4.2% passengers
  • +8.6% cars
  • +6.6% freight

The total revenue increased by 10.8% compared to last year, to EUR 5.3 million.
In June there was a record increase on all segments and revenue increased by 16.4%.
In Q2, Wasaline has added 9.4% more departures to meet the demand.

Wasaline’s New Ferry: No Emissions in Port

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Rauma Marine Constructions has signed an agreement with their partner network for the delivery of a power system for the new Wasaline ferry.

The vessel will employ a hybrid power generation system as well as an electric propulsion system rarely used in ro-pax ferries.

Batteries are dimensioned for the vessel’s operation in port without using main engines. The energy storage system is charged from shore power, which is also used for the vessel’s other power needs during the stay at the harbour.

The power for the propulsors is generated by an integrated system solution, which can utilise the dual-fuel engines or the energy storage system chargeable from shore power. The main source of fuel is LNG (or biogas).

The hybrid power solution will be created together with RMC’s technology partner WE Tech Solutions Oy. The main switchboards will be provided by VEO, the propulsion drive system with a novel frequency converter solution will be manufactured by Danfoss/Vacon, the energy storage system with Li-Ion battery packages will be provided by Leclanché, and WEG will manufacture the generators.

The new ferry is scheduled for delivery in April 2021 and it will operate daily between Vaasa and Umeå.

NLC Ferry – Wasaline Improves Result Again

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Wasaline increased its operational volume and improved the result for 2018 by 17,4%.

  • +1.3% Turnover €19,6 million
  • +17.4% Result €2,0 million

Wasaline increased its market shares on the passenger traffic market between Finland and Sweden 2018, with a new record year again since the traffic start 2013.

  • + 6.2% passengers
  • +6.3% cars
  • +2.2% freight

Multiple energy saving projects continued during 2018 with investments in frequency converters and different automation systems. Preparations for a battery driven system back up for the auxiliary engines are ongoing and will be finished in 2019

Thanks to these actions, the electricity consumption onboard decreased by 40% and the fuel consumption by 4,5%.  The average fuel tonnage price increased by 22% during 2018 but for Wasaline the total fuel expenses increased only by 12,9%.

The ice season 2018 was the most widespread since the start of the traffic in 2013 and the entire Bothnian Bay was covered with ice until March, however, the traffic ran smoothly without any disturbances.

During year 2018, Wasaline ordered a new ferry.