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After 114 years in service, Finland’s oldest ferry goes all electric

From steam to diesel and now electricity: the oldest operating ferry in Finland has become the nation’s first all-electric passenger vessel after being fitted with Visedo power.

The City of Turku officially re-launched the historic Föri ferry on Saturday (29 April), complete with a new zero-emission electric drivetrain that will deliver greater efficiency, less noise and reduced operating costs.

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The Föri entered service in 1904

The Föri initially entered service in 1904, after the City of Turku commissioned local shipyards Aktiebolaget Vulcan to build a city commuter ferry to take passengers across the Aura River to Åbo. Since then the distinctive little orange boat – named after the Swedish word for ferry, färja – has traversed its route nonstop back and forth across the river for more than a century to become a beloved transport icon for the city.

Visedo Project Engineer Heikki Sallinen said: “The Föri ferry is a national treasure but with its old diesel engine, fuel consumption and emissions were high and overall efficiency poor. Visedo power brings the 100-year-old vessel into the 21st century without changing its character and delivers zero-emission transport for Turku.”

Posted on 3rd May 2017 at 04:15 pm in Ferry News |

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