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Megastar at the equipping dock, photographed from the opposite shore of the shipyard

Interior works have begun

The atmosphere on Megastar has changed considerably since my last visit in July. Almost no sound of metal work can be heard in the ship’s soundscape.

There are some sounds, though. Various carts and trucks are transporting goods across the ship decks. Parts of walls are still open for equipment to be installed. The premises are mainly empty or at least considerably emptier than during the hull work phase. Bigger cranes and other tools have been moved out of the way of interior works.

Some sections are actually ready. The first patterns of the floor of the Victory Bar on the 8th deck have been installed and the ceiling constructions give some idea of the coming design. The interior facilities are taking shape. Spaciousness is something that immediately draws attention. There are very few passageways for a ship, a minimal amount, in fact. The ship’s windows are still covered, so the lighting inside depends on worksite lamps. Once the covers are removed, the passengers will see the sea from nearly every corner of the ship.

A detail I have been following with interest is the upper loading ramp of the car deck. The loading and unloading on Megastar is quicker than on the earlier Shuttles since it happens on two levels.  The bow visor of the upper level is already in place, but I don’t entirely understand how it works. Fortunately I can find that out.

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Working long hours at the terminal in Tallinn

The Passenger Terminal D, which Tallink uses at the Port of Tallinn, has been in the middle of renovations since last summer. Originally designed for approximately three million annual passengers, the terminal is currently used by double the amount of passengers, so an extension is necessary. Additionally, all forecasts predict that passenger volumes will continue to grow, particularly as the Megastar will start traffic in late January. Read more »



Test driving the Megastar

Just before Christmas, the Megastar was full of marine professionals and some excitement. It was time for the Megastar's test run. During the five-day test run, all of the functions and features, as well as the back-up systems related to controlling the ship, were tested in practical conditions at sea. Read more »



The sea-loving intendant of the Megastar – Üllar Märtin

At the agreed time, the cheerful intendant shakes my hand at the Superstar's information desk. His smile doesn't falter even when considering the upcoming two-month stint of constant extra work. Nor even when there are 19 – 22 m/s winds outside, which means that he has to make decisions regarding shop arrangements, for example. Read more »



5 most read stories on building Megastar

The New Year is finally here and there are only few weeks to wait until Megastar starts her trips on Tallinn-Helsinki route. So what would be a better time to take a look back on how she was built. Here are the TOP5 most read stories on Megastar site, in chronological order. Read more »



Odd job taken up by intendant Hendrik Väli dragged on – to intendant through the warehouse

It was supposed to be just a summer job in 1994. Hendrik Väli went to work as a warehouse worker at Tallink, but more than 20 years later he is still employed at Tallink, currently as an intendant on board Megastar. Read more »



Happening on the Megastar

My latest visit to the Megastar took place during an astonishingly beautiful day in late November. According to the shipyard's representative, the completion level of the ship was 92% at the time. Read more »