"The design, procurement and building processes at the STX Finland’s Rauma Shipyard have proceeded according to plans, and the co-operation with the customer, authorities and co-operation partners has gone very smoothly. We are very satisfied to be able to deliver this ferry, representing the cutting edge of shipbuilding in this vessel type, to Finferries and the residents of the Turku archipelago," says Toivo Ilvonen, Director of STX Finland’s Rauma Shipyard.
“Stella will make the everyday life of those in need of moving around in the archipelago easier for several decades to come. This modern road ferry has been designed taking account of the needs of both the passengers and the environment. Built with Finnish professional competence, this ferry is a concrete example of the fact that heavy investments must be made in maintaining the viability of archipelago areas, today and in the future," says Mats Rosin, CEO of Suomen Lauttaliikenne Oy.
STX Finland Oy has three shipyards in Finland, Turku shipyard, Rauma shipyard and Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy, of which STX Finland Oy owns 50%. STX Finland’s subsidiaries include Aker Arctic Technology Oy and STX Finland Cabins Oy. The Company belongs to the international STX Europe Group, with a product range including cruise and ferry ships, specialized and offshore services vessels, and icebreaking special vessels. STX Europe has a total of approximately 14,000 employees. www.stxeurope.com
STX Europe's principal shareholder, the Korean-based international industrial group STX Business Group, has approximately 70,000 employees and aims to be a global top player in its core areas; shipping and trade, shipbuilding and machineries, plant and construction, and energy.
Finferries (Suomen Lauttaliikenne group) is a state-owned operator of ferry services in Finland. Commuter ferries are operated by a subsidiary of the group; Finland Archipelago Shipping, Ltd. Finferries has approximately 330 employees and operates on 49 routes around the country. The head office is located in Turku, with a branch office located in Savonlinna. Approximately five million vehicles and 10 million passengers are transported by Finferries annually. www.finferries.fi
STX Europe press release