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October 15, 2002

Cruise ferry order for Aker Finnyards
Aker Finnyards and the Estonian Tallink Group have signed a contract for the building of a new cruise ferry for delivery in spring 2004. The contract worth about $150 million means 1 ,500 manyears of work at the yard.

The vessel is a repeat of Estonia's biggest cruise ferry Romantika, which was delivered from Aker Finnyards in May 2002 and is cruising on the route between Helsinki and Tallinn. The new vessel is intended for the trade between Stockholm and Tallinn.

Compared to the sister ship the newly ordered vessel will be even more environmentally friendly, equipped with catalyzers. Also the new vessel will have capacity for 2,500 passengers, and special attention will be paid to their comfort and luxury when designing the vessel.

The interiors will be tof cruise liner standard, as in the Romantika. However the number of cabins, especially those offering de luxe class accommodations and suites, has been increased in comparison with Romantika. There will also be a larger conference area.

The vessel is designed to carry automobiles, trucks and semi-trailers as well as passengers, offering 1,000 lane metres of vehicle deck space. Hoistable car edcks are being installed so that ship can carry a greater number of passenger automobiles than the Romantika.

The new vessel now ordered will have a length of 193.8 m, a beam of 29 m and a gross tonnage of 40,000. Propulsion will be by four diesel engines with a total output of 26,240 kW to provide a service speed of 22 knots.

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