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WALLENIUS SOL’s record ship reaches Europe

Botnia Enabler
Words: Maritha Arcos
Photo: Mike Louagie

Calling at Belgium, Botnia Enabler – the world’s largest ice-rated ConRo vessel with multi-fuel operation – has reached Europe and will enter regular service within a few days.

On 30 June 2022, the first of WALLENIUS SOL’s two award-winning ConRo vessels reached Europe and called at Zeebrugge.

“Finally being able to welcome her to Europe is a big deal,” says Ragnar Johansson, Managing Director at WALLENIUS SOL.

He continues:

“As her name suggests, Botnia Enabler will help Swedish and Finnish industry and enable our customers to reach important ports in northern Finland, Sweden, Germany, Benelux and the UK with their goods. The ship is a pioneer and an essential part of a solution that will allow us to create sustainable shipping for the future.”

The ship arrived fully laden with containers and RoRo cargo it had taken on board during the seven-week maiden voyage from China. The ship will now unload at a number of terminals in Zeebrugge and Antwerp before once again taking on board cargo for customers such as Northvolt, Metsä and Stora Enso, among others.

Managing Director, Ragnar Johansson, Captain Tobias Persson, Board member Michael Kjellberg

Welcoming Botnia Enabler to her maiden call in Zeebrugge. Ragnar Johansson, Managing Director WALLENIUS SOL, Tobias Persson, Captain Botnia Enabler, Michael Kjellberg, Board Member WALLENIUS SOL.  Photo: Mike Louagie

On 7 July 2022 Botnia Enabler will enter scheduled traffic on her regular Zeebrugge- Antwerp-Kokkola-Oulu-Kemi-Skellefteå-Travemünde route. The route will continue its weekly traffic, but now with far more capacity than ever before. Capacity will increase further when her sister ship Baltic Enabler joins in a few weeks’ time.

“Botnia Enabler has increased our container capacity by 300 per cent, and almost 100 per cent for RoRo cargo, compared to the ship she is replacing. And later, when we add Baltic Enabler, the route will have a capacity of 962 TEU,” says Ragnar Johansson


Kokkola Tuesday July 12th
Oulu Wednesday July 13th
Kemi Thursday July 14th
Skellefteå Thursday July 14th
Travemünde Sunday July 17th
Zeebrugge Wednesday July 20th
Antwerp Wednesday July 20th