As usual, the Baltic is leading the way in ferry new-building with last year a new design for a Wasaline ship to work from Vaasa in Finland and to Umeå in Sweden across the Gulf of Bothnia commissioned from Wartsila.
She is to be environmentally advanced and suited to the harsh winter conditions. The design phase is to finish by June this year.
Another newbuild has been commissioned for Tallink for their Tallinn-Helsinki service which sees over 7mn passengers pa. The new 2,800 passenger 49,000gt vessel has been contracted to the Turku yard of the Meyer group scheduled for delivery early 2017. Like the latest ferries in these waters, the so called ‘Tallink Shuttle’ will be fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Based in Papenburg, Germany, Meyer Werft is a family-owned shipyard with roots dating back to 1795 and now famous for innovative cruise liners. They recently took over the Turku yard, a move which seems to be paying off for the yard workers.