• 2018 January 31 12:15

    Megastar carries over 2 million passengers in its first year

    The LNG-powered Megastar, launched on the Tallinn-Helsinki route a year ago today, has carried more than 2 million passengers in its first year. Tallink says this is the highest ever number of passengers carried on any vessel on the Baltic sea in one year.

    “Megastar is the largest private capital based investment in Estonia in the past decade and we are very pleased with the ship’s performance in its first year. The ship truly is a next generation vessel, which has launched a new era on the Baltic sea and set a new standard,“ said Janek Stalmeister, CEO of Tallink Grupp.

    “Tallink is a pioneer when it comes to technological advances and environmentally friendly activities on the Baltic Sea, because this is beneficial for our business, both from the cost efficiency as well as customer satisfaction and travel experience perspective,“ he added.

    Compared to the Grupp’s other shuttle on the same route, the Star, Megastar is one third more powerful and accommodates 2,800 passengers, but its ecological footprint is the same or even smaller than that of the Star. The ship emits no SOx; NOx and almost no soot particles and the CO2 emissions compared to the Superstar, which Megastar replaced on the route, have decreased by nearly 40%.

    Megastar is also the biggest so-called floating superstores on the Baltic sea, the shopping areas of which extend over two floors. The ship has several open plan dining facilities, various seating areas and carefully planned store areas for convenient shopping, including the unique self-service shopping option Q-shopping.

    The total cost of the Megastar was 230 million Euros. The construction of the ship began on 4 August 2015, the keel was laid on 9 February 2016, the christening took place in July 2016, the sea trials took place in December 2016 and the maiden voyage from Tallinn to Helsinki took place on 29 January 2017. The ship’s Godmother is Finland’s former President, Mrs Tarja Halonen.

    Megastar is 212 meters long and accommodates up to 2800 passengers having the same length and capacity as one of the largest cruise ferries of the company, the Baltic Queen. Megastar uses LNG as fuel, but will also be able to run on diesel. She is a 49 000 GT ship with a service speed of 27 knots. Designed for the Tallinn-Helsinki route exclusively, Megastar complies with the current and future emission regulations for the ECAs (Emission Control Area), including the Baltic Sea.

    Megastar’s first year in numbers:

    - The ship has travelled 94,520 nautical miles, which equals 4.4 times around the globe or ten return trips from Port of Tallinn to New York.
    - More than 2 million passengers have travelled on the ship in its first year, this equals the entire population of Latvia or 36% of the population of Finland.
    - The ship has transported more than 375,000 passenger vehicles, which equals the distance from Tallinn to Prague, or from Helsinki to Rovaniemi and back if you lined the cars up!
    - Due to the use of new Technologies and LNG, the CO2 emissions have reduced by 40% compared to the Superstar.
    - A BURGER KING® burger is sold every 25 seconds on the ship.
    - More than 51 tonnes of coffee have been sold on the ship.
    - The most popular food item in the ship’s Fast Lane Buffet is the shrimp sandwich. More than 16 tonnes of shrimp have been consumed on the ship.
    - The most popular perfume bought on the ship is Hugo Boss Her, more than 2,600 litres of which have been bought in the year.

    Tallink Grupp

    AS Tallink Grupp is the leading passenger and cargo transportation service provider in the Northern region of the Baltic Sea. The company owns 14 vessels and operates under the brands of Tallink and Silja Line on 6 different routes. AS Tallink Grupp employs over 7,000 people in the region and over 9.7 million passengers travelled on its ferries in 2017. AS Tallink Grupp is listed on the Tallinn Stock Exchange.




2019 December 14

15:48 USCG returns majority of New York Waterway ferries to service
14:31 SK Telecom and SHI successfully verified 5G-powered autonomous and remote control navigation test platform using a test ship
13:19 Mitsubishi Corporation participates in FPSO project in Brazil
11:54 SEA\LNG's study underlines LNG as a compelling investment solution for VLCCs on the Arabian Gulf to China trade route
10:46 GTT Training receives the ‘LNG World Shipping Safety Award 2019’
08:55 Draft strategy for development of Russia’s Arctic through 2035 to be presented to Vladimir Putin by year end

2019 December 13

18:17 New ecological equipment enters berths of Multipurpose Reloading Complex in Ust-Luga
17:22 Total's Mozambique LNG Project gets $400 mln loan from African Development Bank
17:03 Port of Los Angeles and Indonesia Port Corporation sign cooperative agreement
16:33 ABB wins contract to power Genting’s next-generation cruise vessels
16:12 ABB completes delivery for the world's most advanced icebreaking LNG carrier fleet
16:03 Windermere Lake Cruises new vessel launched in Damen Technical Cooperation project
15:33 MacGregor deck handling solution supports China’s Xue Long 2 icebreaker operation
15:12 Polarcus awarded 10-month acquisition program offshore Brazil
14:32 Rotterdam Port Fund invests in Fleet Cleaner
14:11 Subsea 7 awarded contract offshore Norway
13:43 Moín Container Terminal reaches 1 million TEUs
13:31 New container terminal opens in northern Italy
13:05 Aker Solutions to provide subsea production system for phase two of Aker BP's Ærfugl
12:30 Jifmar Offshore Services acquires Delta Marine
12:04 SBM Offshore signs FPSO Sepetiba contracts
11:30 Abu Dhabi Ports announces AED 4Bn expansion projects at Khalifa Port on its 7th Anniversary
11:27 Damen signs contract with Cotecmar for DTC hydrographic research vessel
11:12 WMU and EMSA cooperate on capacity building and research
11:03 SAL Heavy Lift becomes world’s first to equip vessels with new hydrogen / methanol injection technology
10:48 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 245,000 tonnes of cargo in 11M’2019, down 20.7% Y-o-Y
10:34 Overseas Shipholding Group and American Shipping Company jointly announce extension of tanker charters
10:24 WMU President reports to the IMO Assembly
09:59 Kawasaki Heavy Industries launches the world's first liquefied hydrogen carrier
09:43 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, December 13
09:29 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.65% to $64.62, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.52% to $59.49
09:13 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,388 points

2019 December 12

18:36 EBRD finances Tekirdag port on Turkey’s Sea of Marmara
18:05 Dutch Drone Delta established with Port of Rotterdam Authority support
17:51 Port of Southampton continues infrastructure investment with £3m crane
17:30 Baltic Workboats shipyard delivers 19 WP Oilrec workboat
17:05 The European Federation of Inland Ports welcomes the Green Deal for Europe
16:46 MOL orders 2 next-generation 'EeneX' coal carriers
16:43 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Nov’2019 fell by 21% Y-o-Y to 10.20 million tonnes
16:26 Klaipėda LNG terminal welcomed three large and four small LNG vessels in November
16:05 Air quality sensor in the Port of Rotterdam checks sulphur emissions from shipping
15:57 Throughput of port Vyborg in Jan-Nov’2019 fell by 35% Y-o-Y to 1.12 million tonnes
15:34 Alewijnse wins electrical contracts for two additional Combi Freighters at Damen Yichang Shipyard
15:00 Throughput of port Vysotsk in Jan-Nov'2019 climbed by 6% Y-o-Y to 17.90 million tonnes
14:36 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard launches dry cargo carrier Pola Anastasia of Project RSD59
14:12 CMA CGM announces FAK Reefer Rates from North Europe to Asia and Middle East
13:53 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:31 NLNG signs sales deal with Vitol SA
13:12 Austal USA delivers USNS Puerto Rico to U.S. NAVY
12:49 Throughput of port Primorsk in Jan-Nov’2019 grew by 16% Y-o-Y to 56.25 million tonnes
12:24 Lead nuclear-powered icebreaker of Project 22220, Arktika, left for sea trials
12:00 ABS publishes Fuel Cell Guidance to support industry decarbonization objectives
11:38 Port of Ust-Luga handled 95.31 million tonnes in 11M’18, up 6% Y-o-Y
11:13 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in 11M'2019 grew by 2% to 55.01 million tonnes
11:10 Verifavia Shipping undertakes IHM services for 29 Attica Group vessels
10:56 Wärtsilä to divest its ELAC Nautik business
10:49 Throughput of port Riga (Latvia) in 11M’2019 fell by 9.4% Y-o-Y to 30 million tonnes
10:26 TransContainer dispatched test train from Korea to Poland
10:05 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 12
09:47 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.41% to $63.98, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.14% to $58.84