MAN Energy Solutions to supply Estonian shuttle ferry with LNG engines

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MAN Energy Solutions has won the contract to supply Estonian shipping company Tallink Grupp with five dual-fuel engines that use LNG as a primary fuel.

Set to be built by Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) in southwest Finland, the new shuttle ferry will be approximately 212m long, accommodate 2,800 passengers and have a gross tonnage of around 50,000dwt, making it the biggest vessel the yard will have built to date.

With the aim of building the most efficient and environmentally friendly ship possible, the hull will house a diesel-electric powertrain comprising five MAN 51/60DF dual-fuel main engines.

Lex Nijsen, head of four-stroke marine sales, MAN Energy Solutions, said, “Finland is always such an innovative market and it’s very pleasing to land this order. This agreement marks the second car and passenger ferry for RMC this year and we are very pleased that they have chosen to go with our 51/60DF units this time. The engines performed strongly on the testbed, showcasing such characteristic advantages as load behaviour and pure gas start.”

The vessel, named MyStar, is scheduled for completion in the early months of 2022 and will serve important routes between Tallinn, Estonia, and Helsinki, Finland.

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