Finnish company Valmet has secured a contract to provide an automation system for Tallink’s new-generation, LNG-powered fast ferry being built by the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland.
The company will supply its DNA distributed control system, which can control and monitor the machinery systems and the electric power management system.
The contract also covers an emergency shutdown system (ESD), a standalone system based on the DNA system platform.
Valmet Marine Automation director John Weierud said: "Our automation system well supports the operation of this highly advanced and environmentally friendly LNG-powered car-passenger ferry."
The company’s engineering team will manage all the project activities, including detailed design, programming and testing, as well as onboard commissioning and sea trials.
Planned to be delivered to Tallink at the beginning of 2017, the vessel will serve Tallinn-Helsinki route between Estonia and Finland.
Tallink new vessel project manager Andres Lepik said: "We have had very good experience with the performance of Valmet’s automation system on other Tallink vessels as well as with high-level service support available both in Finland and Estonia."
The 212m-long ship will be designed to accommodate 2,800 passengers, and will have a gross tonnage of 49,000. It will comply with the new emission regulations for the emission control areas, including the Baltic Sea.
Tallink provides passenger and cargo transportation services in the Northern Baltic Sea. It owns 18 vessels and operates under the Tallink and Silja Line brands on six routes.
Image: The new-generation LNG powered fast ferry for Tallinn-Helsinki route shuttle operations Photo: courtesy of Tallink.