Illustration of Tallink’s new shuttle ferry to be built by Rauma Marine (Image: RMC Shipyard)
Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) is to build a new shuttle ferry for Estonian ferry operator Tallink. The ship will sail between Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia when it enters service in 2022.
The new ferry, which marks RMC’s second car and passenger ferry order this year, is RMC’s biggest vessel yet, valued at around €250 million. At 212 metres long and 50,000gt, the ferry will accommodate 2,800 passengers, run on LNG and feature the latest onboard technology. This will make it the most environmentally friendly and energy-efficient vessel possible.
“We are very pleased to have secured this order,” said Jyrki Heinimaa, CEO of RMC. “The modern and environmentally friendly vessel supports RMC’s aim to be a leading car and passenger ferry provider. The vessel is set to be delivered to the customer in the beginning of 2022, which means we have work secured at the shipyard for a long time ahead. We are also excited to see Tallink returning to Rauma, where four ferries for Tallink have been built previously.”
The new ferry will be able to accommodate more passengers and crew than Tallink’s Megastar which sails on the same route. The yet-to-be-named ferry will also feature powerful shore connection equipment and LNG fuel tanks approximately bigger than those on Megastar. The new design will even reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 10%.
“We are pleased to have signed the construction contract with RMC, thus supporting also our regional economies due to the construction taking place in Rauma, and we look forward to starting the shipbuilding process,” said Paavo Nõgene, CEO of Tallink Grupp. “We are confident the new vessel will enhance our operations on the important Tallinn–Helsinki route even further.”
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