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Miracle timing: Megastar and new Helsinki’s West Terminal will be completed at the same time

The old saying, “well begun is half done”, is also true for the Megastar. The completion of an entire ship on schedule can be considered a small miracle.

The Meyer Turku shipyard has extensive experience particularly in manufacturing passenger ships. The communications manager of the shipyard said that in addition to shipbuilding, they are largely a project management organisation. The more I have followed how the Megastar’s construction is proceeding, the more convinced I am of the smooth cooperation between the shipyard and Tallink, which includes an enormous amount of various things to manage.

An engineer at the shipyard estimated that the work of about 4500 people is needed for the Megastar to be completed. Great care is needed purely for managing the flow of goods. For example, parts delivered ahead of schedule are in the way of operations scheduled earlier.
Various meetings are constantly held about the Megastar, all around Northern Europe. I am constantly amazed about how well different details can come together on time, for a finished ship. The construction of the Megastar has proceeded according to the planned schedule.

The Megastar will bring Shuttle travel to a whole new level. The travel experience will also improve with Helsinki’s new, long-awaited West Terminal 2.

New terminal

Helsinki’s West Terminal 2 will be completed in early 2017. There is a very obvious demand for it, as the Helsinki-Tallinn ferry connection is one of the busiest in Europe. More than 10 million passengers use Helsinki’s West Terminal every year.

When the West Terminal 2 is completed, it will be a passenger terminal that is both modern and environmentally friendly. The new terminal will be environmentally friendly thanks to good public transport connections, which will reduce passenger car traffic. Automated gate operations reduce congestion and idle time. The energy required for the terminal lighting is produced with solar panels.

For passenger comfort, the most important things are short distances to the ship itself, high-level architecture, and a new neat environment with its relevant services.

Interesting months ahead

The interior decoration works of the Megastar have now begun, and the West Terminal 2 is already at its full height. In other words, the future updates will gradually be able to show specific things that are visible to passengers.

Now, this incomprehensibly wonderful implementation of two large projects is near completion. So far, everything has gone according to plan, and there are no signs of anything other than that in the future. This autumn will go nicely.

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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 »