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.
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.