Contract awarded for third 45-meter ferry to connect Estonia’s islands


Baltic Workboats has been awarded a new contract by the Estonian Maritime Administration to build a third 45-meter double ended passenger ferry to operate year round in Estonia’s Western archipelago.

SOELA will be able to carry up to 200 passengers, as well as 32 cars or two 45 ton trucks, between the islands of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, and will providing continuous service through ice as thick as 45cm in winter.

SOELLA is scheduled for delivery in 2017, while her sister ships ORMSÖ and KIHNU VIRVE are successfully operating between Vormsi, Kihnu and the mainland.

The Arc4 ice class ferries have been designed and built by Baltic Workboats with an interchangeable bow and stern for increased maneuverability and greater efficiency for rolling vehicles on and off. There is also a comfortable lounge for passengers to enjoy the view from above.

She is 45 meters in length, has a beam of 12 meters and a draught of 2.7 meters. The ferries have also been designed to accommodate future enhancements, including the installation of a second car level to carry 10 additional vehicles.