The Finnish Turku-based ship owner wants to create a hybrid ship to serve lake, canal, and sea feeder traffic, at the same time being 100% climate-neutral thanks to sailing on sustainably produced bio-oil and electricity stored in batteries.
Once constructed, the vessel will be tested in the Lake Saimaa. The Saimaa canal locks are being extended and the size of the new concept vessel corresponds to the new Saimax dimensions (93 m-long ships carrying up to 3,500t vs the current 82.5 m).
The canal is the only water connection between the lake and the Gulf of Finland.
"Lake Saimaa is a perfect pilot area for our concept. The region's strong and progressive industry needs a clear transport route, which will be made possible by the extension of the canal locks. In the future's competition, a cost-effective and environmentally friendly transport chain is needed to ensure the vitality of the Saimaa region," Jussi Mälkiä, President, Meriaura Group, commented.
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