Tallink Grupp has taken advantage of the suspension of the Stockholm/Helsinki route to drydock the ‘Silja Serenade’.
Having been laid up in Helsinki, she is now in Naantali, Turku Repair Yard for essential maintenance and class renewal work.
The drydocking was originally scheduled to take place this autumn, but was brought forward since the vessel was laid up, waiting for passenger traffic between Finland and Sweden to resume after the Finnish state of emergency ends.
During the docking, regular maintenance of the ship’s hull, replacement of some of the ships pipework and some electrical work will be carried out.
Upgrades to passenger areas were not part of the original docking plan and thus no upgrades will be carried out during this docking, the company said.
“Since some of our vessels are currently suspended in ports during this crisis period, it made sense to bring the planned docking forward from later this year and make the best use of this idle time. We are grateful to our partners at BLRT, operating the Turku repair yard, for flexibility and for fitting us in at short notice, so we can get the necessary work done before the travel restrictions are hopefully lifted and our ships can return to their usual routes,“ Tallink Grupp’s Head of Ship Management, Capt Tarvi-Carlos Tuulik, said.
‘Silja Serenade’s’ docking would have taken her off the route for 10 days, however, the early docking means there will be less disruption to passengers in the autumn, the company said.