The New Fast Ferry Is to Operate Between Helsinki and Tallinn
Powered by 50DF LNG-Diesel Dual Fuel Engines from Wärtsilä
Gasum’s Skangas is trumpeting the first liquefied natural gas bunkering of Megastar, a large new high speed ferry that’s to connect Tallinn, Estonia with the Finnish capital, Helsinki.
Megastar was bunkered with LNG for the first time at the newly opened Skangas Pori LNG terminal on January 4, Skangas says, adding, “Her maiden voyage will take place from Tallinn to Helsinki in late January.”
The 696-foot (212-meter) Megastar is being completed at Finland’s Meyer Turku Shipyard. The new ship is to have a service speed of 27 knots.
Clean, and Efficient Too
The construction of the fast ferry began in summer 2015 and the launch took place this past July, Skangas says.
“Megastar is yet another proof of Meyer Turku being a global forerunner in the construction of LNG-powered ships,” Meyer Turku project manager Kari Toivonen says in the Skangas bunkering announcement.
“Using LNG as a fuel is an efficient way of reducing the environmental impacts of shipping. Hull form design and modeling helped minimize hull resistance – and therefore also minimize energy consumption during operation,” he said.
LNG Tanks by Linde-Cryo AB
“Thanks to LNG, the engine exhaust gases contain hardly any nitrogen oxides, which are particularly harmful as regards issues such as the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea,” said Skangas sales and marketing director Tommy Mattila.
“We want to offer the shipping industry reliable, safe and efficient LNG bunkerings,” he said.
Megastar has 50DF LNG-diesel dual fuel engines from Wärtsilä and twin 300-cubic-meter (79,250-gallon), Type C vacuum-insulated horizontal tanks with associated gas handling and control systems from Sweden’s Linde-Cryo AB (HHP Insight, January 22, 2016).
Meyer Turku is also building LNG-powered cruise ships for Carnival and Royal Caribbean.
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Source: Skangas with Fleets & Fuels follow-up