Rauma Marine Construction (RMC) announced this week that work has begun on the production of Tallink’s new shuttle ferry, MyStar, at the Rauma, Finland shipyard despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tallink’s new car and passenger ferry will be the largest ship built at the RMC shipyard in Rauma, Finland yet. The ship will be energy efficient due to its dual-fuel LNG system to be designed and constructed by Høglund with Finnish tank manufacturer West Welding.
The vessel’s advanced, certified electric propulsion system allows the ship to operate energy-efficiently in all circumstances at speeds of up to 27 knots.
Tallink MyStar is valued at approximately €250m. The vessel will be approximately 212 meters long with a gross tonnage of approximately 50,000. It will be able to accommodate around 3,000 passengers and crew members and have a freight capacity of 1,900 lane meters for lorries and other vehicles. The ferry will provide over 1,500 person-years of employment for the shipyard.
Paavo Nõgene, CEO of Tallink Grupp, added, “The world around us has recently changed beyond recognition and all around us we only see shut-downs, challenges and closure. Our group, too, is facing challenges, but we are working hard to get through the current situation and are continuing to focus on the future.
“And one of the key future projects already underway before the crisis was the construction project of our new shuttle, MyStar – one of the most eco-friendly ships on the Baltic Sea. I am therefore pleased to say today that we are able to start this new project in cooperation with our long-standing partner, Rauma shipyard.”