The production of the new LNG powered fast ferry Megastar started in Meyer Turku Yard in Finland on 4th of August 2015, on 9th of February 2016 the keel of Megastar was laid and the construction process in the dry dock began. According to the plans, her delivery takes place in the beginning of 2017. Megastar will be 212 meters long, can accommodate altogether 2800 passengers and will start operating on Tallinn-Helsinki route under the brand Tallink Shuttle.
The new environmentally friendly ship uses LNG as fuel and she will comply with the new and stricter emission regulations for the ECA areas including the Baltic Sea. The ship, with a gross tonnage of 49 000 and service speed of 27 knots, will bring significant improvement in energy efficiency as well as new innovative solutions to the service on board. Megastar will be a symbol for new era in the fast ferry services on the Baltic Sea.
AS Tallink Grupp, has increased its passenger volumes from 160 000 people in 1990 to almost 9 million in 2015. When talking about Megastar, it might be interesting to know, that the first route the company started to operate on was Tallinn-Helsinki. Nowadays, the route network has been extended from one to 6 altogether. Tallinn-Helsinki route still continues to be the largest one for the company, being operated at least by 3 vessels, which transport over 4.5 million people annually. Today, there are almost 7000 employees working for AS Tallink Grupp in Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Germany and Russia.
The ship will be built by Meyer Turku Oy, which is one of the leading European shipbuilding companies owned by Meyer Werft. The company's shipyard in Turku employs 1,350 people and specializes in building cruise ships, car-passenger ferries and special vessels. The subsidiaries of Meyer Turku are Piikkio Works Oy, which is a Cabin Factory in Piikkio, Shipbuilding Completion Oy, which provides turnkey solutions to public spaces in ships, and ENG'nD Oy, which is an engineering company offering services for shipbuilding and offshore.