Swedish shipping company Wallenius Sol has taken delivery of a ConRo multi-fuel vessel, Botnia Enabler, from Chinese shipyard CIMC Raffles.

The first in a series of two vessels, the Botnia Enabler is considered the largest multi-fuel ice-resistant ConRo vessel in the world.

With a tonnage of 27,000 deadweight, the Swedish-flagged vessel is 242m long and 35.2m wide.

The highest Finnish-Swedish ice class will allow it to withstand the harsh winter conditions of the Gulf of Bothnia.

Botnia Enabler can run on different fuels, such as liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquefied biogas (LBG) and diesel synthetic oil.

Equipped with the classic RoRo function, it also offers a large capacity for containers.

Ragnar Johansson, Managing Director of Wallenius Sol, said: “We are extremely happy and proud to welcome Botnia Enabler to our fleet.

“The delays we have experienced along the way are no secret, so to finally see her leave port on her maiden voyage is a fantastic feeling. She was eagerly awaited by us and our customers.

Before heading to Europe and the Gulf of Bothnia, the ship will load cargo at two Chinese ports.

The ship’s maiden voyage will be to the European port of Antwerp, Belgium.

Johansson added: “This vessel will play an important role for our customers, who need more capacity, and for us and our ability to reduce our environmental and climate impact.

Botnia Enabler’s sister ship, named Baltic Enabler, is expected to be delivered this summer.

Last October, CIMC Raffles won a contract with Zodiac Maritime to build four dual-fuel car-truck carriers (PCTC).

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