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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.

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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