• 2020 September 18 10:10

    Keel laying of Tallink’s newest vessel MyStar takes place in Rauma shipyard, Finland

    Tallink Grupp has announced today that the keel laying of the company’s newest eco-friendly LNG-powered shuttle ferry MyStar is to be carried out today at the Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) shipyard in Rauma, Finland. The traditional keel laying event – in keeping with the global corona virus pandemic and the current precautionary measures – is conducted at 10.00 local Finnish time and live streamed from Rauma with Tallink Grupp’s representatives participating via the Internet.
    The construction of the LNG-powered shuttle vessel MyStar began in Rauma earlier this year on 6 April, and the delivery of the vessel is planned for January 2022. Upon completion and delivery in January 2022, MyStar will operate on the company’s Tallinn-Helsinki route, connecting the twin capitals of Estonia and Finland.

    MyStar is another important step for Tallink Grupp towards achieving greater energy efficiency and eco-friendliness for its shipping operations on the Baltic Sea. The LNG-powered new shuttle vessel comes with the latest cutting-edge technology and innovation onboard and will meet all the current and known future emission regulations.

    Laying down the keel is an important milestone in shipbuilding, often considered the birth of the ship. During the event, the first keel-block of MyStar, weighing approximately 270 tonnes, is laid into Rauma shipyard’s dry dock. Traditionally, lucky coins are placed under the keel during the event, which this time include both Estonian and Finnish Euro coins.

    Commenting on the MyStar keel-laying, the CEO of Tallink Grupp, Paavo Nõgene, said:

    -              „It is extremely important to keep our sights both on the near as well as the more distant future right now and continue with key projects that will ensure shipping is greener, more efficient and increasingly sustainable in the future.“
    -              „With the MyStar project, we are proud and happy to be able to help sustain the rich tradition of Finnish shipbuilding. Now more than ever, it matters to us that we can build our ship close to home in Finland, and this way, help preserve jobs in Finland and Estonia, to keep the historic shipbuilding industry in Finland going and support and contribute to the economies of our Baltic Sea region as a whole.“  

    Jyrki Heinimaa, President and CEO of RMC added:

    - “Despite the challenging economic situation and the global coronavirus pandemic, we are pleased that the MyStar production is continuing in Rauma shipyard as planned and the shipbuilding project will provide over 1,500 person-years of employment for the Rauma shipyard.”
    “The delivery of the main equipment of MyStar is proceeding according to schedule. During the summer the vessel’s main engines were tested, with tests completed on the generators this autumn.”  
    “Although the final impacts of the pandemic on the operations of the shipyard are yet to be seen, we are confident that operations will continue on track due to all the health and safety measures we have undertaken.”

    MyStar will be built with shore-to-ship green power equipment as well as the Smart Car Deck solution, developed in cooperation with Tallinn Technical University (TalTech), which will enable even faster and more convenient loading and unloading of the vessel and is compatible with the already existing Smart Port solution at the Port of Tallinn.

    Following the keel-laying, the next big milestone - launching and christening of the vessel will take place in the summer of 2021.

    AS Tallink Grupp is one of the leading providers of passenger transport and cargo transport services in the northern part of the Baltic Sea region. The company owns 15 vessels and operates several ferry routes under the brand names of Tallink and Silja Line. AS Tallink Grupp employs around 6,000 people in Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Russia and Germany. In 2019, Tallink Grupp provided services to 9.8 million travellers and transported approximately 380,000 freight units of goods. The shares of Tallink Grupp are listed on the Tallinn Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Helsinki Stock Exchange.

    Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC), founded in 2014, is a Finnish fully domestically-owned shipbuilding company, that represents the strong Finnish traditions in the industry. RMC is specialised in ship construction and maintenance, including construction and maintenance of icebreakers, car and passenger ferries, and vessels for use by the armed forces. The company represents world-leading expertise in Arctic shipbuilding, an area heavily relied upon by the knowhow and competitiveness of the Finnish marine industry.

2020 October 29

18:31 Wan Hai Lines to launch Straits – Bangladesh Express Service
18:09 Lloyd’s Register launches dedicated Maritime Decarbonisation Hub
17:56 Bill on corporatization of FSUE Rosmorport submitted to RF Government
17:56 Hapag-Lloyd announces winter surcharge to and from St. Petersburg and Ust-Luga
17:30 Rosmorport’s Azov-Black Sea Basin Branch purchased 5 tugboats
17:05 Wärtsilä to collaborate with Anemoi Marine Technologies in future sales of Rotor Sail solutions
16:59 Romania’s border authorities using EMSA RPAS for coast guard surveillance
16:35 Jon Fredrik Baksaas appointed DNV GL’s Chair of the Board
16:17 Nordion Energi moves closer to the aim of 100% green energy by joining the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance
16:01 Port of Los Angeles streamlines online permit process
15:28 MABUX released Bunker Weekly Outlook
15:22 Bunker prices are slightly down in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
15:20 CMA CGM announces Peak Season Surcharge from China to Russia
15:01 Partnership agreement between leading Hamburg Port Authority and Tanger Med Port Authority
14:36 Port Kolomna takes delivery of multibucket dredger of Project 3409
14:11 MAN compressor technology for largest FPSO vessel offshore Brazil
13:53 Novatek to launch LNG terminal in Rostock (Germany) in 2023
13:30 Rosatom looks into using barges for LNG delivery to Arctic regions
13:11 IMEC and ITF opens big quarantine and testing facility in Manila
12:52 RS grants GASA to GTT’s Mark III Technology
12:29 Rosatom expects reactor plants RITM-200 to be efficient for container carriers and oil tankers
12:10 GTT entrusted by Zvezda with the tank design of ten ARC7 ice-breaking LNG сarriers
11:48 USC forecasts complete transition of shipping industry to electric propulsion in 20-25 years
11:30 Rijkswaterstaat has awarded the enlargement of the Twente canals to a consortium of Van Oord - Hakkers - Beens
11:09 DSV Panalpina acquires Prime Cargo
10:50 Novatek to put into operation 30,000-cbm gas carrier under Cryogas-Vysotsk project in 2022
10:37 Volvo Penta IMO III marine generator sets help power five electric ferries in Norway
10:09 International Association of Dredging Companies signs major strategic collaboration agreement with FIDIC
09:51 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Oct 29
09:46 Three LNG-powered product tankers for shipment of stable gas condensate from Ust-Luga to be delivered in 2022-23
09:24 Oil prices show slight increase
09:20 Vestdavit wins contract to supply six French Navy vessels
09:12 Baltic Dry Index as of October 28

2020 October 28

18:15 Sri Lanka's East Container Terminal inaugurates for operations
17:51 Tallink Grupp makes temporary changes to Tallinn-Helsinki route schedule from 29 October 2020
17:30 Key element of Russia’s collider facility NICA transshipped in Bronka
17:06 GONDAN delivers new fishing stern trawler to Prestfjord AS
16:39 Rosmorrechflot resumes work on programme for encouraging LNG-powered shipping
16:13 Cavotec launches next generation MoorMaster
16:05 CNL awarded Transport Canada contract to research clean energy technologies to decarbonize marine sector
15:48 Profit attributable to NOVATEK shareholders amounted to RUB 24.1 billion in 9M’2020
15:25 Petersburg Oil Terminal increased shipments of oil products by 18% in 9M'2020
15:03 World’s first LPG-retrofit announced
14:56 SCF time charters three icebreaking LNG carriers to the Arctic LNG 2 project
14:22 FSUE Rosmorport to adjust design documentation for dredging at LNG terminal in Bechevinskaya bay
14:03 LNG-fueled PCTC“SAKURA LEADER” accredited as the world's first digital smart ship
13:37 Blue Wave terminal in Azov port increased its throughput by 13% in 9M’2020
13:11 Cooperation agreement signed between Fincantieri and the Cochin Shipyard
12:35 LNG bunkering vessel Optimus built by Damen arrived in Shanghai for start-up procedures and sea trials
12:04 CMA CGM announces PSS for cargo from Pakistan to North Europe
11:42 Global Ports to launch tank container repairs service at Yanino
11:23 MPA launches RFP for new LNG bunker supplier licence
11:01 4th “LNG Fleet, LNG Bunkering and Alternatives” conference kicked off
10:50 CMIT receives largest container vessel in Vietnam’s history
10:15 “All Ferries of Russia. Baltic Sea” webinar scheduled for 6 November 2020
10:10 Total charters four new LNG-powered vessels
10:01 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Oct 28
09:59 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
09:46 Bunker market sees mixed price movements in the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:28 Oil prices start decreasing