MAN Energy Solutions has won an order to supply the engines for a shuttle ferry newbuilding for Estonia’s Tallink Grupp.
A diesel-electric plant comprising five MAN 51/60DF dual-fuel main engines – with LNG as the primary fuel – will power the ‘MyStar’, which Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) is to build.
Delivery to Tallink is scheduled for early 2022. Upon entering service, the vessel will serve the prime Tallinn/Helsinki route.
Lex Nijsen, Head of 4-Stroke Marine Sales, MAN Energy Solutions, said: “Finland is always such an innovative market and it’s very pleasing to land this order. 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,” he said.
Jyrki Heinimaa, Rauma Marine Constructions CEO added: “Compared to Tallink’s newest shuttle ferry, ‘Megastar’, which also operates between Helsinki and Tallinn, the ‘MyStar’s’ design – featuring the MAN main drivers – will reduce the ferry’s emissions even further.”
Nijsen added “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 underway. We look forward to the future with confidence,” he concluded.
‘MyStar’ is RMC’s largest vessel to date at around 212 m long with a gt of 50,000. She will be able to accommodate 2,800 pax.