The ferry will be built at Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland and operate between Tallinn and Helsinki, a route that carried approximately 7.4 million passengers in 2013. The planned capacity of the vessel is 2,800 passengers.
Alongside plant and propulsion systems, ABB will be providing its energy management solution EMMA, which it claims will increase the ferry’s efficiency and help reduce operating costs. Using LNG, the ship will also be compliant with the Emission Control Areas (ECA) regulations that cover the Baltic Sea.
“Meyer Turku is one of Europe’s leading shipyards and we are happy to continue working with them on this advanced newbuild for Tallink Grupp,” says Heikki Soljama, managing director for ABB’s marine and ports business.
“Electrical propulsion is a natural choice for modern LNG-powered ferries that require efficient and reliable solutions that increase the vessel’s flexibility. With a full delivery of power and propulsion solutions, an energy management system and service support, ABB can help Tallink Grupp optimise the operational efficiency of this new generation LNG ferry.”
ABB will also provide engineering, project management and commissioning services including remote diagnostics and crew training. The vessel is due to be delivered in early 2017.