MAN Wins Order For Baltic Ferry
By Jack Burke11 March 2020
MAN Energy Solutions will supply the engines for a shuttle ferry newbuilding for Tallink Grupp, the Estonian shipping company.
A diesel-electric plant with five MAN 51/60DF dual-fuel main engines – with liquefied natural gas (LNG) as primary fuel – will power the MyStar, which Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) will construct at its yard in SW Finland. Delivery to the customer is scheduled for early 2022. Upon entering service, the vessel will serve the Tallinn-Helsinki route.
“Finland is always such an innovative market and it’s very pleasing to land this order,” said Lex Nijsen, head of Four-Stroke Marine Sales, MAN Energy Solutions. “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 behavior and pure gas start, which ultimately led Tallink to choose MAN.”
The ferry newbuilding NB6003 will use the newest technology and innovative solutions, with the aim of building the most environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient vessel possible.
Nijsen said the order is the second agreement made for the 51/60DF within a short period of time in the Baltic.
“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,” Nijsen said.
The NB6003 Tallink MyStar is the biggest vessel to date that RMC has agreed to build. The new shuttle ferry will be approximately 212 m long with a gross tonnage of some 50 000 dwt. It will be able to accommodate 2800 passengers.