Estonian shipping company AS Tallink has signed a €230m contract with Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku for the construction of a new, environmentally friendly car-passenger ferry.
The 212m-long, dual-fuel vessel will be used for Tallinn-Helsinki route shuttle operations, with a capacity to carry up to 2,800 passengers.
Fuelled by LNG, the new ferry vessel will be able to meet the stricter emission regulations for the ECA areas, including the Baltic Sea.
AS Tallink Grupp CEO Janek Stalmeister Stalmeister said: "We have brought a new understanding to the fast ferry services with the shuttle concept and now the time is right to take the next step.
"We have learned from our own experience, listened to our customers and experts and we are now very excited about the end result."
The new-build will have a gross tonnage of 49,000t and be capable of cruising at 27k. An innovative hull form will minimise the flow resistance and ensures that the ship operates well in ice conditions.
The vessel will be constructed at Meyer Turku shipyard and the delivery is expected for the beginning of 2017.
Meyer Turku CEO Jan Meyer said: "With this contract we increase our output by 30% in 2016, which is good news for the shipyard and its suppliers and the entire region."
In December 2014, both companies signed a letter of intent for the construction of this LNG ferry.
Image: The new, environmentally friendly car-passenger ferry of Estonian shipping. Photo: courtesy of AS Tallink Grupp.