Tallink Grupp to refit passenger ferry Romantika

Tallink Grupp to refit passenger ferry Romantika
Romantika will soon be able to connect to high-voltage shore power when docked in Stockholm (Image: Marko Stampehl)

Poland’s Nauta Shipyard is to carry out maintenance and renovation work on Tallink Grupp’s ferry Romantika at its yard in Gdynia between 13 and 25 January.

Romantika’s buffet restaurant, cafe and pub will all be upgraded, while the Grill House and à la carte Russian restaurant will both be redecorated. In addition, a new floor and new furniture will be added to the disco venue.

“It is very important that we modernise our vessels on a regular basis to ensure they continue to provide top-of-the-range travel experiences and the most enjoyable journeys to our customers,“ said Tarvi-Carlos Tuulik, head of ship management at Tallink Grupp. “Naturally, enhanced customer experience comes hand-in-hand with keeping our vessels up to the highest standards, enabling the vessel to fully respond to the latest requirements of efficiency and sustainability.“

The shipyard team will make technical improvements to make Romantika more energy efficient and reduce her emissions. This will include preparing the vessel with the technology to connect to high-voltage shore power while berthed in ports.

“This time, Romantika will be prepared for connecting the vessel with the high-voltage shore connection during its port stays in Stockholm [Sweden], which will help us to further reduce emissions and contribute to a cleaner environment,” said Tuulik. “The Port of Stockholm has been a pioneer in this technology in the Baltic Sea region and four of our ships already use the high-voltage shore connection there. In the coming years we will have more ships using shore power in the Baltic Sea region as other ports, such as the Ports of Tallinn and Helsinki, are currently investing in the technical systems to facilitate high-voltage shore connections as well.”

Romantika, which is the third of Tallink Grupp’s vessels to be refurbished in the first quarter of 2020, will resume service on the route between Riga, Latvia and Stockholm on 25 January.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
13 January 2020

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