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.