Tallink LNG ferry nears completion

05 Jan 2017
Tallink’s ‘M/S Megastar’ receives its first LNG bunkering at Skangas Pori LNG terminal

Tallink’s ‘M/S Megastar’ receives its first LNG bunkering at Skangas Pori LNG terminal

Tallink’s new LNG powered fast ferry, which is nearing completion at Meyer Turku Shipyard, has undertaken its first LNG bunkering at Skangas Pori LNG terminal.

The ferry has been built to be fully compliant with the new, stricter emission regulations of Emission Control Areas (ECAs), such as the Baltic Sea.

Kari Toivonen, Meyer Turku project manager, said: “It has been great to participate in the construction of the new-generation LNG-powered Tallink Megastar. Megastar is yet another proof of Meyer Turku being a global forerunner in the construction of LNG-powered ships. Hull form design and modelling help to minimise hull resistance and therefore also minimises energy consumption during operation.”

”We’re happy that Megastar is now ready for operation and we're able to supply her with LNG, a fuel that has excellent environmental properties as its sulphur dioxide, particulate, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide emissions are very low. Thanks to LNG, the engine exhaust gases contain hardly any nitrogen oxides, which are particularly harmful as regards issues such as the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea,” added Tommy Mattila,  Skangas sales and marketing manager.

Megastar is 212m long and can accommodate 2,800 passengers. The fast ferry will operate between Helsinki and Tallinn at a service speed of 27 knots.The two stainless steel LNG tanks are located below deck 3 and have a total volume of 600 m3.

The vessel’s maiden voyage will take place from Tallinn to Helsinki in late January.

MS will feature an in-depth ship description of the Megastar in the February issue.

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