New 45-meter ice breaking ferry delivered


The first of three new ferries to greatly improve island connections in Estonia has been delivered on schedule by Baltic Workboats AS.

ORMSÖ is a formidable ice class ferry that will be operated year round by the Estonian Maritime Administration, including in frozen sea during winter. It will carry up to 200 passengers, as well as 32 cars or two 45 ton trucks between Vormsi and the mainland.

The ship will be manned by a crew of six people and has a clever double-ended design with an interchangeable bow and stern for increased maneuverability and greater efficiency for rolling vehicles on and off. She is 45 meters in length, has a beam of 12 meters and a draught of 2.7 meters.

The vessel is powered by two MTU 8V4000 engines, which each produce 1000kW of power and turn Rolls-Royce US-155 azimuth thrusters. Additional onboard power is provided by two Volvo Penta D9MG generators. This powertrain allows the vessel to maintain an operating speed of 15 knots in calm water and 3 knots through 45cm thick ice.

The ferries have also been designed to accommodate future enhancements, including the installation of a second car level to carry 10 additional vehicles. There is also a comfortable lounge for passengers to enjoy the view from above.

The contract for the three double-ended vessels was awarded to Baltic Workboats in 2013 and continues on schedule with the third ship due to be delivered in 2017.

The vessels are designed and built by BWB in accordance with the regulatory standards of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, which assigns them the class notation KM*Arc4(1) R3 AUT Ro-Ro Passenger Ship. The vessels also adhere to all the the latest European Union directives and their Arc4 ice class designation is similar to Finland and Sweden’s 1A ice class.