Tallin

Estonia’s Port of Tallinn has signed contracts with Remontowa Shipbuilding and Sefine Shipyard shipbuilding facilities for the construction of four new car-passenger ferry boats.

Each shipbuilder will construct two vessels that will be operated on the lines between the mainland and major Estonian islands.

Designed by the Norwegian company LMG Marin, the 114m-long ferries will be able to accommodate 600 passengers along with 150 cars or ten road trains.

"High-quality connection on the lines between the mainland and the islands by means of the new ferries conforming to contemporary requirements will be guaranteed." 

AS Tallinna Sadam supervisory board chairman Remo Holsmer said: "The concluded contracts provide assurance to Estonian people that high-quality connection on the lines between the mainland and the islands by means of the new ferries conforming to contemporary requirements will be guaranteed starting with the autumn of 2016."

The main engines of the vessels will be capable of replacing diesel for the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the future.

For this project, Tallinna Sadam and the LMG Marin engineering company submitted the design and technical parameters of the vessels to AS Saarte Liinid, the administrator of Kuivastu, Rohuküla, Virtsu and Heltermaa harbours, according to Holsmer.

The project proceeded after approval from Saarte Liinid, after assessing the suitability of the vessels for operation in the existing infrastructure.

Construction of the vessels will take place in the shipbuilding yards located in Gdánsk, Poland, and Altinova, Turkey.


Image: The new-build vessels will be operated on the lines between the mainland and major Estonian islands. Photo: courtesy of Port of Tallinn Sadama.