The most advanced fast ferry in the Baltic Sea was delivered to Tallink from Meyer Turku Shipyard on 24 January according to the schedule. Megastar will set a new standard for ferries on Helsinki-Tallinn route by customer comfort and environmentally friendly technical sophistication. Megastar is not just powered by environmentally friendly LNG, but the ship also has an extremely advanced hull shape resulting in substantial fuel savings during the ship’s operation. It started operations on 29 January.
Tallink Grupp CEO Janek Stalmeister explained the full vision for their 230-million euro investment: “Connecting Finland and Estonia, and even further – Northern Europe to the Baltic States and being the preferred hub for that is an important goal for us. With Megastar, this hub becomes the most modern sea-hub in the region. Delivering this ship full of latest environmentally friendly technologies and exceeding our expectations in fuel efficiency and increased comfort level with low vibrations Megastar nicely demonstrates the excellence and quality of Meyer Turku and Finnish shipbuilding.”
Meyer Turku CEO Jan Meyer also said: “We started Megastar by imagining how a new design can again bring a next level of improvements to ferry operation. It follows over a year of design work that is closely linked and partly overlapping with the pre-production, assembly, fine-tuning and testing the ship. Yet the big moment of hard truth comes in the end, when we are delivering one large and sophisticated ship, like we did today with Tallink Megastar – a product of great team work that is bigger than all the individual efforts.”
Megastar is 212 meters long and will take onboard 2800 passengers. Her service speed is 27 knots. Megastar uses LNG as fuel, but is also able to run on marine diesel. With LNG, her environmental performance will improve much by creating no sulfur or soot particles and decreasing the nitrogen and CO2 emissions. Designed for the Tallinn-Helsinki route exclusively, Megastar will comply with the current and future emission regulations for the ECAs (Emission Control Area), including the Baltic Sea. Megastar is co-financed by European Union, the Connecting Europe Facility, Transport – Motorways of the sea.