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MAN dual-fuel engines picked for Tallink’s LNG ferry

MAN Energy Solutions has won the order to supply the LNG engines for a shuttle ferry newbuilding for Tallink Grupp, the Estonian shipping company.

A diesel-electric plant comprising five MAN 51/60DF dual-fuel main engines, with LNG as primary fuel will power the MyStar, which Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) will construct at its yard in SW Finland.

Delivery to the customer is scheduled for early 2022, MAN Energy Solutions said in its statement.

Upon entering service, the vessel will serve the important Tallinn-Helsinki route.

Lex Nijsen, head of Four-Stroke Marine Sales, MAN Energy Solutions said, “The engines performed strongly on the testbed, showcasing such characteristic advantages as load behavior and pure gas start, which ultimately led Tallink to choose MAN.”

The ferry newbuilding NB6003 will utilize the newest technology and innovative solutions, with the aim of building the most environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient vessel possible, the statement reads.

Jyrki Heinimaa, CEO, Rauma Marine Constructions said, “Compared to Tallink’s newest shuttle ferry, Megastar, which also operates between Helsinki and Tallinn, the MyStar’s design – featuring the MAN main drivers – will reduce the ferry’s emissions even further.”

The NB6003 Tallink MyStar is the biggest vessel to date that RMC has agreed to build. The new shuttle ferry will be approximately 212 meters long with a gross tonnage of some 50,000 dwt. It will be able to accommodate 2,800 passengers.