Finnish shipyard, Rauma Marine Constuctions (RMC), has launched and named MyStar, a 50,000gt LNG-powered ferry under construction for Estonia’s Tallink Grupp. The largest vessel to be built at the Rauma yard was named by the Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid.
The ferry, due to be commissioned on the Helsinki-Tallinn route next year, is claimed to be the most environmentally friendly vessel to operate on the Baltic Sea so far. The 27-knot vessel has capacity for 3,000 passengers and 3,190 lane metres of vehicles and cargo.
The shipyard’s CEO, Jyrki Heinimaa, commented: “We are excited to proceed to a new stage in MyStar’s construction work as the work begins to shift from the exterior of the ship to the interior. At the same time, we can begin to look forward to the next milestone of the most environmentally friendly vessel to operate in the Baltic Sea.”
Paavo Nõgene, Tallink Grupp CEO, said: “We are grateful that despite the difficult times, today we are able to celebrate an important milestone in the construction of our newest ship, MyStar. This is an important occasion not only for the MyStar project team, but also for the entire shipping industry and the passengers too.”
MyStar will be completed and handed over to Tallink Grupp during the first half of 2022.