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The Tallink logo has already been attached to the funnel. As LNG is used for fuel in this ship, the emissions from the funnel are minimal compared to diesel.

The construction of Megastar is proceeding on schedule

In August 2015, the construction of Megastar commenced at the Meyer Turku shipyard. In February 2016, the keel was ceremoniously laid into the dock pool, after which the Megastar has started to resemble a ship. It is time to have a closer look at how the construction of Megastar has progressed.

Jorma Koskinen, the planner of the Meyer Turku shipyard is our guide for this tour around the dock. The task of the planner is to ensure that the ship construction schedules are adhered to. Has the construction of Tallink Megastar proceeded on schedule?

“As far as the delivery date is concerned, we are on schedule,”

says Koskinen with a confidence of 40 years at the dock.

My previous visit to the dock took place in early February, to attend the ship’s keel laying ceremony. A lot has happened during two last months.

You have to be careful when walking around the dock. Various works are carried out at different heights, and there are all kinds of vehicles and lifts moving around in the area. Luckily, Jorma knows which route to take, and gives plenty of warning if there is anything to watch out for.

From the top deck, the tour continued downwards, to the engine room. The LNG tanks and the five engines are already in position, but covered with tarpaulin. The hole cut for the propeller shaft has a diameter of approximately 1.5 metres!

Megastar’s frame works will be completed by 01.07.2016,

when the dock pool will be filled with water, and the ship will be moved to the nearby equipping pier, to receive its finishing touches regarding technology and interior design.

In the beginning of 2017, the ship will start scheduled service between Helsinki and Tallinn. Just under a year, thousands of work hours, and the skills of hundreds of professionals from different fields are needed before then. The Meyer Turku dock looks like an anthill, with a lot happening at the same time. However, everyone has their particular role, and all work seems extremely systematic. Watching Jorma’s purposeful calmness, I see that everything is going as it should be. I look forward to my next meeting with the shipyard professionals busy with Megastar at Meyer Turku.

Gallery ( 14 photos)



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Test driving the Megastar

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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

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