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Tallink signs LNG supply contracts for Megastar ferry

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AS Tallink Grupp has announced that it has signed LNG supply contracts with Estonia’s AS Eesti Gaas and Finland’s Skangas in preparation for the launch of its new LNG-driven fast ferry, Megastar.

The 212 m long vessel is set to commence operations on the Helsinki-Tallinn route in 2017. It will use LNG as fuel, but will also be capable of operating on marine diesel. It will be able to accommodate 2800 passengers, and will comply with both current and future regulations in emission control areas (ECAs).

Captain Tarvi-Carlos Tuulik, the Head of Shipmanagement at AS Tallink Grupp, said: “Tallink has the aim to be the motivator for industry developments and it’s good to have strong partners in several countries, who share the same ambition – to drive the environmentally friendly energy usage and development of the supply chain in the region. With Eesti Gaas and Skangas we feel well prepared to welcome the new member, fast passenger ferry Megastar to our fleet, to serve one of our most important and busiest routes.”

Ants Noot, the General Manager of Eesti Gaas, added: “Eesti Gaas is the expert in the natural gas business on the Estonian market, we have imported and distributed natural gas for several decades. Today we are stepping into a new era, supplying Tallink’s Megastar is our first large LNG project in maritime transport.”

Tommy Mattila, Director, Marketing and Sales, Skangas, said: “We are very happy that Tallink has chosen Skangas as a supplier for the new Megastar ferry.

“Annually we perform around 1000 LNG bunker operations in the Nordic countries. Our recent partnership with Tallink underlines our capability of delivering according to the marine demands for efficient, safe and reliable LNG bunkering.”

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