German shipyard Meyer Turku has officially commenced the construction of Estonian shipping company Tallink’s new environmentally friendly car-passenger ferry.
Fuelled by LNG, the new vessel will be used for Tallinn-Helsinki route shuttle operations, with the capacity to carry up to 2,800 passengers.
Meyer Turku CEO Jan Meyer said: "With the new Tallink fast ferry we are taking the next step in the technical development of the LNG ferries, all tailored to the specific needs of our customer.
"For the Turku yard, this order boosts our production volume in 2016 by 30% above the 2015 level."
The 212m-long, dual-fuel vessel will have 49,000 gross tonnage and be capable of cruising at a speed of 27k.
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Featuring an innovative hull form, the ship will benefit from less flow resistance, ensuring the ship operates well in icy conditions.
Tallink Grupp CEO Janek Stalmeister said: "The environmental performance and many innovative solutions in the technical and service areas will be benchmarks for the market and also our shuttle service in general."
Expected to be delivered in the beginning of 2017, Tallink’s ferry will be able to meet the stricter emission regulations of ECA areas, including the Baltic Sea.
In March, AS Tallink signed a €230m contract with the Finnish shipbuilder for the construction of the vessel.
Recently, the company’s subsidiary Tallink Line signed a €184m loan agreement with Nordea Bank Finland for this project.
Image: The beginning of the new ferry project will provide around 2,000 person-years of employment for the shipyard and the supplier network. Photo: courtesy of Meyer Turku Oy.