Stockholm’s Hybrid Ice-Class Passenger Ferry

The Swedish shipping company Waxholmsbolaget in Stockholm has launched its first hybrid ice-going passenger ferry, Yxlan. The 90 ft. (27.5 m) vessel, designed and built by the Estonian shipyard Baltic Workboats, is serving the Stockholm archipelago (Sweden) and is built to transport up to 150 passengers at a time.

As the ferry will be running year-round, it has been specifically designed to operate in ice up to 10 in. (25 cm) thick with the vessel ice strengthened to ICE 1A and can go as fast as 4 knots in those conditions, according to Baltic Workboats website.

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