LNG ferry planned at Meyer Turku

11 Dec 2014
An LNG-fuelled ferry is planned for the planned upgrading of the Tallink route between Tallinn and Helsinki

An LNG-fuelled ferry is planned for the planned upgrading of the Tallink route between Tallinn and Helsinki

Tallink Grupp and Meyer Turku have signed a letter of intent for the construction of an LNG-fuelled ro-pax vessel, of about 212m length and 49,000gt, for delivery in 2017.

The €230 million project will, when the fnance is arranged and contract is signed, provide about 2,000 man-years of work for the Turku yard, which was taken over by Meyer Werft this year.

The ferry is intended for operation between Tallinn and Helsinki and have a capacity for 2,800 passengers. The yard says that the new ship will bring significant improvements in energy efficiency through innovation and new technical solutions. Green values, reduction of all emissions, minimising waste and increasing recycling will all be taken into account at the detail design stage.

Meyer Turku CEO Jan Meyer said: “A series of six ferries between years 2002-2009 has been delivered to Tallink and this ship will be the seventh newbuilding for the same shipowner. I´m very happy that Meyer Turku will continue the excellent and trusting cooperation with Tallink. This new ferry prototype gives us an excellent opportunity to apply improved design and building methods. For all these reasons this letter of intent signed today is very important to Meyer Turku and to the entire Finnish shipbuilding cluster.”

Tallink group management board member Janek Stalmeister said: “As the market leader and a long time operator on the route we have a good understanding of customer expectations and know what needs improvement. I am confident that the world-class experience of Meyer Turku will be once again a valuable asset for us to deliver a high quality new ferry, which will strengthen our competitive advantages."

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