October 28, 2004
Cruise ferry order for Aker Finnyards
Aker Finnyards, a part of Aker Yards, and the Estonian Tallink Group have signed a contract for the building of a large new cruise ferry for delivery in spring 2006.
The contract worth 165 million Euros (about US$ 210 million) means 1,700 man-years of work at the Rauma yard.
The new vessel will be one of the biggest cruise ferries in the Baltic Sea, with capacity for 2,800 passengers.
"We are extremely proud that Tallink has chosen us to build this challenging next generation vessel," says Jyrki Heinimaa, President of Aker Finnyards. "We consider this order a commission of trust to our cruise and ferry building expertise. This is the third newbuilding order we have received from Tallink within a couple of years."
When delivered in spring 2006, the new vessel will start regular cruises between Helsinki and Tallinn.
"The new generation cruise ferry will be designed for the trade between Helsinki and Tallinn. The guiding principle in designing the vessel is paying attention to the comfort and luxury of present-day passengers. There will be maximal use of modern technologies onboard. The number of cabins will be 900, and the conference center will be remarkable", says Enn Pant, Chairman of AS Tallink Grupp.
Besides passengers, the vessel is designed to carry private cars and freight units, and will have 1,130 lane meters of vehicle deck space.
The vessel will have a length of 212 meters and a beam of 29 meters and a gross tonnage of 48,300. Propulsion will be by four diesel engines totaling 26,240 kW output to provide a service speed of 22 knots.