Thanks to the grant, the Swedish and Finnish ports, between which an EU Motorway of the Sea (MoS) runs, will carry out a joint project tasked with reducing ship-caused emissions as well as streamlining ferry operations.
ABB Marine & Ports has provided the ferry with the necessary equipment to connect to an onshore power supply facility in the Port of Tallinn (also installed by ABB - five in total across Old City Harbour's piers).
The world's first autonomous robot exploration vessels for commercial purposes will feature Danfoss Editron's hybrid propulsion, power plant, control and energy management systems, as well as Volvo Penta's D8 MH variable speed engines.
The ro-pax, hailed as the world's most eco-friendly ferry, has been floated out by its shipbuilder, Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC), which will now move onto the equipment assembly and interior work parts of the project.
The company has decided to withdraw from its plans to operate the route in question over the coming autumn and winter months as passengers started cancelling their bookings due to fear of imminent travel restrictions.