A new ROPAX ferry to connect Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki was commissioned last month by the Tallink Group and will be built by Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland.
Just like many other new short-sea ferries in the Baltic region, the Tallink Shuttle will run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and feature three 12-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF and two 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF main engines powering a diesel-electric propulsion system.
Wärtsilä, the Finnish engine manufacturer, notes the ship will also feature two Wärtsilä fixed pitch propellers and propeller shaft lines.
Tied into these engines will be a full power and propulsion suite ABB consisting of synchronous propulsion motors and ACS600SD drives, medium voltage generators, the main switchboard, propulsion transformers, and thruster motors.
ABB says their energy management system called EMMA will support the ship’s crew in managing energy-related processes, practices and decision-making to ultimately minimize the overall energy costs of the vessel.
Meyer Turku shipyard says the 2,800 passenger vessel is scheduled for delivery in Q1 2017 and will measure about 212 meters in length with a gross tonnage of 49,000 tons.
The ferry route, when measured in annual passenger volumes, is the one of the most significant in the Baltic Sea region with approximately 7.4 million passengers in 2013, says ABB. The passengers on the route between Helsinki and Tallinn represent the vast majority (over 80%) of the passenger traffic in the Port of Tallinn.