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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.

One big object of interest was how the ship’s hull would work in practice. In a small-scale model, the new kind of hull was very functional, reducing the formation of waves, and travelling on less energy than previous hull types. Vahur Sõstra, the Megastar’s captain, was satisfied after the test drive.

The ship behaved very well, even better than we expected. However, we must keep in mind that there is still a lot of finishing touches to be made on the ship before it’s put to use. Some of the equipment still needs testing, some areas are still unpainted, and there’s also more furnishing to do. Luckily there’s still a bit of time before the first cruise. I’m sure that all works will be completed at the shipyard on schedule.

Vahur’s confidence in the Megastar’s position within Tallink’s fleet is clear, downright romantic.

I can see that this ship will become the first lady of our fleet. She’s so nice, so fast, and so beautiful.

LNG refuelling went without a hitch

One interesting technical test involved the use and refuelling of LNG (liquefied natural gas), which the Megastar’s engines use for fuel. The refuelling was completed at Tahkoluoto, Pori.
The technical aspects of the refuelling were great. Some adjustments related to the use of the engine took more time than we had expected. The engineers were able to solve the problems, and we were able to run on gas as smoothly as with marine diesel oil.

Genuine pride

Sailing a new Shuttle is always a unique moment. It’s been eight years since Tallink last launched a new ship, so sailing a new ship is definitely not an everyday occurrence.
Of course I’m extremely proud to be the captain of the new Shuttle. It’s an amazing feeling. The Megastar still needs some finishing touches, and there’s some staff training still to do. But the overall situation is good. This is a new ship that hasn’t been in traffic yet. It’s a lot more interesting to adapt all of the new rules, regulations and requirements to a new ship than an older one.

There’s plenty learn and experience aboard a new ship. However, Vahur reminds us that the most important part of a ship is its crew.
For example, we have to learn more about how the ship behaves in different conditions. It’s going to take some time, but I have faith in our great crew. They’re making this easier and more enjoyable. All in all, a ship without its crew is just a complex technical solution made by engineers. Only a crew will make a ship come alive, making it as vivacious, nice, fast and beautiful as the Megastar is.

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