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Megastar's first LNG bunkering

Publication date: 2017-01-18

Tags: maritime, finland, energy, estonia, lng

Megastar's first LNG bunkering

Tallink's brand-new ferry was for the first time filled with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) on January 4th, while berthed at Skangas' LNG terminal in the Port of Pori.

Megastar is furnished with two stainless tanks, located below deck No. 3, and able to take in 600 m3 of LNG.

Once commissioned in late January, Tallink's 212 m long newbuild will serve the Helsinki-Tallinn route, being able to take on-board up to 2,800 passengers, offering also approx. 2,000 lane metres for freight and pax cars.

"It has been great to participate in the construction of the new-generation LNG-powered Tallink Megastar. Megastar is yet another proof of Meyer Turku being a global forerunner in the construction of LNG-powered ships. Using LNG as a fuel is an efficient way of reducing the environmental impacts of shipping. Hull form design and modelling helped to minimize hull resistance - and therefore also minimize energy consumption during operation," Kari Toivonen, Project Manager at the Meyer Turku Shipyard, commented.

Tommy Mattila, Skangas' Sales and Marketing Director, added, "We are happy that Megastar is now ready for operation, and we're able to supply her with LNG, a fuel that has excellent environmental properties as its sulphur dioxide, particulate, nitrogen oxide, and carbon dioxide emissions are very low. Thanks to LNG, the engine exhaust gases contain hardly any nitrogen oxides, which are particularly harmful as regards issues such as the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea. We want to offer the shipping industry reliable, safe, and efficient LNG bunkering."

Tallink's newbuild ferry Megastar LNG-bunkering at Skangas' terminal in the Port of Pori (photo: Skangas)

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