Estonia’s Tallink Grupp has ordered five dual-fuel 51/60DF main engines from MAN Energy Solutions as part of a diesel-electric plant for a new shuttle ferry, MyStar, the largest vessel to be built at Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) in Finland.
The 50,000gt vessel, with capacity for about 2,800 passengers and due for delivery early in 2022, will operate on the route between Tallinn and Helsinki. The engine company’s head of Four-Stroke Marine Sales, Lex Nijsen, said: “This agreement marks the second car and passenger ferry for RMC this year and we are very pleased that they have chosen to go with our 51/60DF units this time. The engines performed strongly on the test bed, showcasing such characteristic advantages as load behaviour and pure gas start, which ultimately led Tallink to choose MAN.”
Speaking for RMC, CEO Jyrki Heinimaa, commented: “Compared to Tallink’s newest shuttle ferry, Megastar, which also operates between Helsinki and Tallinn, the MyStar’s design will reduce the ferry’s emissions even further. This is the second agreement we have made for the 51/60DF within a short period of time in the Baltic after TT-Line placed its RoPax order earlier this year. With this new order, we are really putting the 51/60DF – and MAN engines in general – in the shop window at a time when the Finnish market has many interesting projects under way.”