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Megastar taking shape

The large segments of the Megastar, currently being built at the Meyer Turku shipyard, have been installed into the ship. Of all the visible large segments, only the mast is still missing. Partly hidden by scaffolding, there is a great buzz inside the ship, as various insulation materials are installed in the walls, and several kilometres of cables are drawn inside the structures of the ship.

There will be a large amount of cables in the Megastar, mostly hidden from the passengers’ sight. In a previous article, we talked about the SrtP system, for which the ship’s most important systems will be cabled twice. The amount of cables in the ship is great also due to various telecommunications cables, which are used to guide the Megastar’s ultra-modern LED-lighting system, for example.


Inside the ship, it feels slightly doubtful whether the ship will be ready to sail next February. The view looks austere. On the other hand, the bustling and the sound of work coming from everywhere are signs that in a year’s time, passengers will be able to enjoy lunch in elegant rooms, and shop in a completely new kind of ship shop.

The frame of the Megastar has mostly been assembled, so it is possible to grasp its shape. However, getting a proper view of the ship is difficult, as it has covers on the sides. At the bow, workers are still putting some finishing touches on the seams of large segments, visible as dark stripes on the side of the ship.


Before the Megastar’s launch on 01.07.2016, the ship has a professional challenge waiting for the shipyard workers: the propeller shafts, weighing tens of thousands of kilogrammes, are yet to be installed. As a shipbuilding rule, all large parts are placed into position from the bottom up, as the ship is being built. Because of this, the engines, for example, were one of the first parts to have been placed in their designated position. The missing propeller shafts will be hoisted and pushed into position from the stern. The workers of Meyer admit that the installation of a propeller shaft is challenging, but say that they have done similar installations before.


The Megastar, which will be launched in July, will be towed to a neighbouring dock for interior works and other fittings. The Megastar’s cabins are manufactured at Meyer’s cabin factory, situated in Piikkiö. Next, it might be a good idea to check how the cabins are progressing.

Shipreporter Jussi Ovaskainen

Tags:  Security, Shipbuilding, Tallink Shuttle

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