Modification and repair works on the Wasa Express Ferry, a Ro-Ro/Passenger Ship, which has recently changed her owner following her acquisition by UME Shipping LLC, are now completed. The ship left Turku Repair Yard (Finland) on October 01 and headed off to a port in the Red Sea.
The modification and repair of the ferry was a combined effort of Tallinn Shipyard and Turku Repair Yard. “The project was divided into two parts: Tallinn Shipyard specialists took on the task of the aft mooring modification whereas the docking and routine repair works were done by our Finnish colleagues at Turku Repair Yard,” told Vladislav Tyshkevich, a Project Manager at Tallinn Shipyard.
According to him, the repair and modification works undertaken were aimed at improving the condition and the operational state of the ship systems and machinery.
As it happens, this ferry had already been repaired at BLRT Repair Yards: she had been under repair at Tallinn Shipyard four times — in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, and, further to that, there had been several field repairs on the Vasa-Umeå route.
“We had developed a rather trusting and close relationship with Wasaline, the previous owner of the Wasa Express. That is why they specifically encouraged the new owner to entrust our shipyard with their repair projects. We did our best to meet the expectations both of the new owner and of the previous one,” pointed Vladislav Tyshkevich.
Following a short break in her operation, the ship will be operated by UME Shipping LLC as a ferry in the Red Sea.