AS Tallink Grupp and Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) recently signed the contract for the construction of a new LNG-powered fast ferry for the Tallinn – Helsinki route shuttle operations. Similarly to the group’s newest vessel Megastar, the new shuttle ferry will also be dual fuel operated, its overall length will be 212 meters and it will be able to carry 2,800 passengers. It will cost approximately 250 million euros and it will be built at the Rauma shipyard in Finland, providing 1,500 man-years of employment for the shipyard. The delivery of the vessel is expected in January 2022.
The new vessel is another step for Tallink Grupp towards achieving even greater energy efficiency and eco-friendliness for its shipping operations. With a gross tonnage of approximately 50,000 and a service speed of 27 knots, it will use LNG as fuel and meet all the current and known future emission regulations. In comparison with the group’s latest vessel, it will have powerful shore connection, 30% larger LNG fuel tanks, reducing the frequency of bunkering. Further with enhanced new design, the CO2 emissions of new shuttle ferry can be reduced by 10%.
According to the contract, 30% of the total cost will be paid during the construction period and the rest after the delivery of the vessel. AS Tallink Grupp plans to finance 70% of the new ship cost in 2022 by long-term loan, the loan terms will be concluded in the near future.
Paavo Nõgene, the CEO of Tallink Grupp, said: “The construction of Megastar and bringing this next generation vessel onto the Baltic Sea, has transformed our shuttle service between Tallinn and Helsinki. The vessel has been extremely well received by our customers, with over 4 million passengers already having travelled on the vessel. In addition to the increased passenger comfort, just as importantly, Megastar has taken our operations also to the next level in terms of environmentally friendly operations and increased efficiency. It was therefore only logical that a similar vessel should be built for the route sooner or later to enhance our operations on this important route for us even further.”
Jyrki Heinimaa, the CEO of RMC, also commented: “We are very proud that Tallink trusted us in giving this important project to RMC for successful design and manufacturing their newest shuttle ferry, which takes some benefits from the existing fleet, but exceeds them in performance thanks to the integration of the newest technology applications, for example concerning power demand.”