Turku Repair Yard starts renovation on Tallink Grupp cruise ferry

Turku Repair Yard starts renovation on Tallink Grupp cruise ferry
Silja Europa is the largest cruise ferry operating services on the Baltic Sea (Image: Sami Pitkanen)

Tallink Grupp’s cruise ferry Silja Europa has entered dry dock for scheduled maintenance and renovations works at Turku Repair Yard in Naantali, Finland.

Turku Repair Yard’s team will upgrade multiple passenger areas onboard the vessel, including the conference area, the Sauna Bar, the Starlight Palace show bar and the Satellite Bar. In addition, the ceilings in the Buffet Restaurant and Sea Shop will be fully renovated, while new carpets will be fitted in the spa, stairwells, 37 passenger cabins, the bridge and the crew corridor on the sixth deck.

“Silja Europa is the largest cruise ferry operating on the Baltic Sea and is very popular among our customers for both regular day cruises as well as special cruises offered over the spring and summer period,” said Tarvi-Carlos Tuulik, head of ship management at Tallink Grupp. “Therefore, it is very important that we regularly modernise the vessel, so it continues to provide a top-of-the-range travel experience to our customers."

While in dry dock, the shipyard team will also equip Silja Europe with a ballast water treatment system and replace her provision cooling system and automation and power management systems. Plus, the vessel will be equipped with the technology she needs to connect to high-voltage shore power while berthed in ports.

“Increased energy efficiency and reduction of emissions are a top priority for Tallink fleet,” said Tuulik. “Silja Europa will return to the route fully ready for the high season, will have the latest technology onboard and will continue to offer an outstanding service – both in terms of improved comfort as well as sustainability – to all its passengers for many years to come.“

Silja Europa, which is the fourth Tallink Grupp vessel to be revitalised in the first quarter of 2020, will return to service on the route between Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland on 9 February.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
27 January 2020

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