Wartsila Delivers Passenger/Vehicle Ferry To EFFOA-Finland Steamship

The 2,000-passenger cruise ferry Wellamo ordered by EFFOA-Finland Steamship Company Ltd., was delivered recently by Wartsila's Helsinki Shipyard. Before the new vessel left the shipyard for a short flag-changing cruise, she was christened by the Governor of the County of Turku and Pori, Mrs. Pirkko Tyolajarvi. The ferry is a sister ship to the Svea (MR/EN July 1, 1985) that was delivered in May last year to Oy Svea Line (Finland) Ab.

As the Wellamo will spend only about one hour in port, special attention was given to reducing the time required for unloading and loading the car decks, handling provisions and stores, and discharging waste ashore. As in the Svea, careful consideration has been given to the special requirements posed by the part of the route that goes through the sensitive archipelago environment.

The main machinery consists of four Wartsila/Pielstick 12PC2-6V medium-speed engines, each developing 8,975 bhp at 52 rpm, driving two controllable-pitch propellers of moderately skewed design via twininput/ single-output reduction gears.

Auxiliary machinery includes four Wartsila Vasa 6R32 diesels, each developing 2,780 bhp at 750 rpm and connected to a 2,500-kva synchronous generator. Both main and auxiliary engines operate on heavy fuel oil.

Passenger accommodations comprise 566 cabins with beds for 1,625 people; these include 138 single cabins.

All cabins have individual climate control and toilet/shower cubicles.

All the restaurants are concentrated on Deck 7, and the passengers may choose between a la carte, cafeteria, smorgasbord, or gourmet style service. Bars and tax-free shops are situated on Deck 8, which also has a conference center for more than 400 persons.

All accommodation spaces are protected by a temperature alarm system, and the engine rooms by a Halon system. The car decks, which have a capacity for 350 automobiles or, as an alternative, 60 long-distance trucks and 40 cars, are fitted with a sprinkler system. Lifesaving appliances are provided on a basis of 30 percent in boats and 70 percent in life rafts. These comply with the latest IMO requirements.

Navigation equipment includes a magnetic compass, two gyrocompasses with repeaters, an autopilot, echo sounder, draft indicator, wind meter, two speed logs, radio direction finder, Decca Navigator, weather chart receiver, and comprehensive radar gear comprising four units and an Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA).

The Wellamo is registered in Finland and built according to the Finnish requirements for passenger vessels. She is designed to comply with the rules of Det norske Veritas, and is classed +1A1, Car Ferry A, EO, Finnish/Swedish Ice Class rules 1971, 1A Super, and fulfills the regulations of SOLAS 1974. The extent of the remote control and monitoring systems exceeds the DnV rules for unmanned machinery spaces.

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