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    Olaf Richter

    Tallink hat am 17.10.2018 eine Absichtserklärung mit Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) für den Bau einer neuen Fähre für die Route Tallinn – Helsinki unterzeichnet.

    Hierzu wird von SHIPPAX folgendes berichtet:

    Tallink returns to Rauma for new Tallinn-Helsinki Shuttle ferry

    FerryHot on the heels of the delivery of HAMMERSHUS to Molslinjen, Tallink Grupp and Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) have signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for the construction of a new Shuttle ferry that will join the 2017-built MEGASTAR between Tallinn and Helsinki, one of the group’s best performing routes. Tallink Grupp expects to sign a firm contract before the end of this year.

    The newbuilding is a further development of the MEGASTAR, built by Meyer Turku, and will cost approximately EUR 250 million. MEGASTAR served as the reference ship and RMC confirmed to Shippax that the design of the ship is a joint project between Tallink Grupp and RMC. Lessons have been learned from the MEGASTAR and the focus is on improved energy efficiency and performance of the ship. Improvements have also been made to the ship’s commercial side with a different lay-out of the accommodation decks.

    The planning of the 2,800-passenger ro-pax will start in spring 2019 and building will commence in 2020. Delivery is expected at the end of 2021 and the project will provide approximately 1,500 man-years employment for the shipyard. RMC will therefore strengthen its organisation and recruit more talent.

    Like MEGASTAR, the dual fuel ro-pax will use LNG as main fuel. Commenting on the news, Tallink Grupp’s CEO Paavo Nõgene said: “Tallink Grupp has put a great deal of resources and effort into developing the Tallinn-Helsinki route for decades. With the launch of the Shuttle service over ten years ago, we have built a bridge between the two capitals, offering yearround frequent departures and thus bringing the two countries closer together. The next step on our journey is the continuous development and improvement of that service. MEGASTAR was the first giant leap forward for us and the new ship will be a similarly momentous achievement.”

    Jyrki Heinimaa, CEO of Rauma Marine Constructions added: “We are very pleased to announce that Rauma shipyard’s shipbuilding tradition, together with Tallink, will continue with RMC’s building of a new Shuttle ship. It is a great honour to be signing an LoI with our old friends at Tallink who have always shown appreciation for the shipbuilding expertise in Rauma. This is an opportunity for us to utilise our longstanding experience and to help steer the ship traffic between Finland and Estonia in a more environmentally friendly direction.”

    The Rauma yard – when still under different ownership – built four ships for Tallink: ROMANTIKA (2002), VICTORIA I (2004), GALAXY (2006) and BALTIC QUEEN (2009). Additionally, two vessels were designed by the Rauma shipyard, including the 2007-built STAR.

    Over the next few months Tallink Grupp and RMC will work on the shipbuilding contract and financing arrangements. RMC recently delivered HAMMERSHUS and is also cooperating with Meyer Turku, building blocks for a large cruise ship.

    © Shippax / Philippe Holthof

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