Midway Alignment Botnia Atlantica - MABA

Project time:1.8.2015-30.9.2016

Budget: 235 000 EUR, of  which 60% from INTERREG Botnia-Atlantica programme

Lead Part: Kvarken Council

Partners and financers: INAB, Municipality of Umeå, City of Vaasa

Project description:

The Kvarken region has been granted EU funding for Phase I of the TEN-T project Midway Alignment of the Bothnian Corridor - Kvarken Multimodal Link, for upgrading the Kvarken ferry link. The goal is to develop a new customized ferry for the Kvarken region, to develop the ports and the whole regional logistics system in a more efficient and environmentally friendly manner, to strengthen the region's competitiveness, and securing passenger and freight traffic year round in the Kvarken in the long term. The MABA project's goal is to secure the East-West transport corridor in the Kvarken region in the long term. This is to be done by producing studies, documents and plans needed for future infrastructure investments. MABA is an important complement to the Midway Alignment project, and strengthens the prospects for achieving the region's common goal, that is a functioning, environmentally friendly transport corridor in the Kvarken region. The MABA project will also produce background material and templates required for accessing the TEN-T network. The project will also help to disseminate knowledge of Kvarken traffic in the municipalities of the Botnia Atlantica region and to key players in the Baltic region. In addition, the project will compile information about funding sources available for infrastructure projects in both Sweden and Finland, and the municipalities and regions will benefit from this knowledge. Expected long-term effects are better conditions for increased transport interchange in the Kvarken region and TEN-T core status for the Kvarken ports.


  • 20.05.2019
    The annual general meeting gave the board and the office of the Kvarken Council permission to continue the work towards the Kvarken Council EGTC –...
  • 26.04.2019
    Projektet E12 Atlantica BA3NET har ansökt och beviljats förlängning till och med 29 november 2019. Med anledning av det kommer projektet att hinna genomföra tre event för resultatspridning varav denna konferens/workshop är den ena, en workshop med trafikverken från Finland, Sverige och Norge är den andra och slutligen slutkonferensen som kommer att äga rum den 18-19 september.
  • 28.03.2019
    KvarkenPorts and VASEK, this year representing Midway Alignment - Botnia Atlantica II (MABA II), participated with a joint exhibition stand, on the Wind and Renewable Energy Exhibition.
  • 25.01.2019
    We are pleased to announce that regular maritime traffic over the Kvarken Strait between Finland and Sweden will continue in the future
  • 24.01.2019
    Rymdentusiast, välkommen till regionens första brainstorming session om ”Space Digital Economy Innovation Center”!
  • 21.01.2019
    One week ago, Kvarken Link and Rauma Marine Constructions signed a letter of intent concerning the new building of the Kvarken ferry. Today both parties have signed the actual construction agreement.
  • 17.01.2019
    Finnish and Swedish Destination Management Organisations join forces to attract more tourists to the Kvarken region
  • 11.01.2019
    The new passenger ferry servicing the Vaasa-Umeå route will be built by Rauma Constructions. The Board of Directors of Kvarken Link have today decided to enter into a Letter of Intent with Rauma Marine Constructions Oy (RMC).
  • 29.11.2018
    Mr. Arne Langset, secretary-general of Indre Helgeland county in Norway, visited the Kvarken Council’s office in Bock’s Corner Brewery last week to discuss the new cooperation structure and the future.
  • 23.11.2018
    On 21 May, 2018, the Kvarken Council’s AGM took the historical decision to transform the Council from being a registered association into an EGTC, European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation. The Kvarken Council’s Board serves as the working committee for the EGTC process and the Council’s office has, as commissioned by the Board, started work to transform the legal form of the Council from a registered association into an EGTC. Here is a brief overview of the process.
  • 16.11.2018
    Interested in space economy and satellites? Join KvarkenSat brainstorming workshop on 5.12 at Bock’s in Vaasa!
  • 19.09.2018
    The 70th anniversary of the Kvarken traffic and the fifth anniversary of the NLC Ferry shipping company, also known as Wasaline, was celebrated with a seminar onboard M/S Wasa Express on 13 September 2018. The seminar theme was the past, present and future prospects of the Kvarken ferry connection.
  • 19.09.2018
    Six project platforms were selected by the Monitoring Committee of Interreg Baltic Sea Region at its 9th meeting 7th of June 2018 in Tallinn.
  • 12.07.2018
    Kvarken Link AB is exploring the conditions fora new ferry for the Kvarken traffic between Vaasa and Umeå. After a comprehensive analysis ofthe received reports Kvarken Link AB has invited four shipyards to the final round to hand in their binding offers for a new ferry. Three of the shipyards are from Europe and one is from Asia.
  • 05.07.2018
    Dagens planeringssystem för infrastruktur brister när det gäller ett gränsöverskridande perspektiv, vilket riskerar hämma utvecklingen av öst-västliga transporter i Norden. Projektet E12 Atlantica Transport har därför sammanställt problembilden och utarbetat förslag till åtgärder. Projektet har bl.a. samlat trafikmyndigheterna från Sverige, Norge och Finland till ett unikt möte.
  • 05.07.2018
    Otillräcklig gränsöverskridande infrastrukturplanering har konsekvenser. Kvarkenrådets direktör Mathias Lindström berättar om det man i Kvarkenregionen fått erfara och Andreas Forsgren om det som åstadkommits i projektet E12 Atlantica Transport för att underlätta gränsöverskridande arbete. (Almedalen 5.7.2018)
  • 25.06.2018
    Jubileumsseminarium: Kvarkentrafiken 70 och NLC Ferry 5 år Kvarkenförbindelsens historia, nutid och framtidsutsikter
  • 25.06.2018
    Välkommen till seminarier där vi diskuterar viktiga infrastrukturfrågor med politiker och tjänstemän från hela Norden.
  • 18.06.2018
    Olav Jern has a long experience of Nordic co-operation and of work with Kvarken issues. In the autumn, he has together with the Kvarken Council’s personnel draft a new three-year strategy for the Kvarken Council. In his welcoming address, Mr Olav Jern touched upon some central guidelines in the strategy plan.
  • 15.06.2018
    Starting from August 2018, the Kvarken Council will run a three-year project, together with four project partners and fifteen co-financiers, in order to improve the visibility and attract more visitors to the Kvarken region through cross-border cooperation. The project is called Destination Kvarken and it is financed by Interreg Botnia-Atlantica programme.
  • 15.06.2018
    The three-year project NSB CoRe, North Sea Baltic Connector of Regions, has been operating since the spring 2016, with the aim of improving traffic and land use within the North Sea Baltic corridor, included in the transeuropean TEN-T transport network, in a way which will bring forth the best possible benefits in traffic investments. The ambition is to transform the chain of individual cities along the transport corridor into one functional entity. Kvarken Council is one of the project partners.
  • 05.06.2018
    NordicHub – en nationell kompetenshub för nordiskt affärskunnande Den 13.6 kl. 18–21 samlas vi till en Passion for Nordic-kväll på Bock´s Corner i Vasa. Under det interaktiva evenemanget öppnar vi tillsammans nya perspektiv på vårt Nordic Growth Region-koncept under ledning av Mari K. Niemi, ledare för Innolab vid Vasa universitet. Välkommen!
  • 23.05.2018
    Press release Kvarken Council 2018/05/23
  • 18.05.2018
    After the proposals of the European Commission for the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the European Straits Initiative expresses its strong concerns regarding the future of cross-border cooperation on maritime borders. Therefore, European Straits Initiative crave the European Commission to take into account a couple of recommendations in the future regulations. Read more:
  • 20.04.2018
    Idag offentliggjordes på Inhemska Resemässan i Tammerfors att Kalle´s Inn från Korsholm har valts till Årets inhemska turismföretag.
  • 02.04.2018
    21 maj 2018 i Umeå Välkommen och diskutera det nordiska samarbetets framtid och möjligheter
  • 28.03.2018
    The E12 Atlantica Transport’s final conference in Vaasa, Finland, ended with a round table discussion. How shall we utilize the project outcome and what challenges are we now facing? What will be the next step – and perhaps the most important question of all – who will do what?
  • 28.03.2018
    Good and functioning freight and passanger transports are important prerequisites for continued positive development and prosperity in the Nordic countries. In the E12 final conference the participants learned about both the perspectives – and also about the view of the tourism industry on regional infrastructure
  • 28.03.2018
    Nordic Council, the official body for inter-parliamentary cooperation, attended the final conference of E12 Atlantica Transport project, represented by the Council’s senior advisor Mr Johan Lindblad. He summed up the project from the Nordic perspective as being ”superb, concrete and useful”
  • 28.03.2018
    The three-year project NSB CoRe, North Sea Baltic Connector of Regions, has been operating since the spring 2016, with the aim of improving traffic and land use within the North Sea Baltic corridor as part of the transeuropean TEN-T transport network. As NSB CoRe aims to improve the accessibility of the Eastern Baltic Sea Region to freight and passenger traffic, it is also linked with the E12 Atlantica Transport project
  • 28.03.2018
    Over the years, the Kvarken Council has directed determined and consistent efforts to secure the ferry route across the Kvarken Strait, vital for cross-border cooperation.
  • 28.03.2018
    The final conference of E12 Atlantica Transport project, held in Vaasa, Finland on 14th–15th March, 2018, started with the overall presentation of the project findings and of the border barriers detected. The presentation was given by Mr Jerker Sjögren from Jesjo Konsult and Mr Lars Westin, professor at CERUM at the University of Umeå in Sweden
  • 27.03.2018
    Kom och bekanta dig med Kvarkenrådets Botnia-Atlantica projekt Spotlight High‐Low Coast som visar upp sig på Österbottens Stormässa 7–8.4 i Botniahallen i Korsholm
  • 16.03.2018
    Dagens planeringssystem för infrastruktur brister när det gäller ett gränsöverskridande perspektiv, vilket riskerar hämma utvecklingen av öst-västliga transporter i Norden. Projektet E12 Atlantica Transport har därför sammanställt problembilden och utarbetat förslag till åtgärder. Projektet är inne på slutrakan och den 8 mars samlade man trafikmyndigheterna från Sverige, Norge och Finland till ett unikt möte på Arlanda
  • 15.03.2018
    E12 Atlantica Transport’s Outcome: Unique, Joint Traffic Strategy A joint vision – and a description how to reach it together
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