Wasaline has selected a satellite-free communications system for its new passenger ferry, Aurora Botnia
AecorLink will be installed for high-speed internet access for passengers and crew on its new ferry, which is under construction in Rauma, Finland and is scheduled to be delivered in May 2021.
Wasaline was the first to introduce a long-distance, shore-to-ship and satellite-free, high-speed internet connection on a ferry. It has been using AecorLink broadband service since 2017 on the ferry Wasa Express. AecorLink will provide an updated version of its shore-to-ship microwave system on Aurora Botnia.
AecorLink chief executive Ulf Hårderup said it has further developed and optimised the technology for Aurora Botnia. “AecorLink has for many years refined its innovative, ship-to-shore, seamless microwave technology,” he said. “We have the most stable solution with high capacity over the longest distances.”
Wasaline is the northernmost shipping company that transports passengers and cargo daily between Sweden and Finland.
Its chief executive Peter Ståhlberg said Wasaline had adapted operations on its ferries to minimise the risk to passengers and crew from coronavirus.
He was speaking during Riviera Maritime Media’s Passenger ship projects and deliveries: adapting to a new normal webinar in September 2020. At the time he was calling for development of technologies to enable better communications and ferry hygiene.
“There are smart technologies on their way,” Mr Ståhlberg explained. “There are innovative solutions coming up for hygiene, materials, equipment, furniture and communications.”
Wasaline, owned by Kvarken Link Oy, operates ferries across the Gulf of Bothnia, between Umeå in Sweden and Vaasa in Finland.
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