The Port of Tallinn has signed contracts with Remontowa Shipbuilding and Sefine Shipyard shipbuilding facilities for the construction of four new car-passenger ferry boats to be used on the lines between the mainland and major Estonian islands; two ferries are to be built by each shipbuilding facility.
The four new ferry boats will be constructed in the shipbuilding yards located in Gdánsk, Poland, and Altinova, Turkey. The ferries are to be 114 meters in length and to accommodate 150 cars or ten road trains. The ferries will have 600 passenger seats equipped with life-saving devices. The new ferry boats will be designed by the Norwegian company LMG Marin.
“The concluded contracts provide assurance to Estonian people that high-quality connection on the lines between the mainland and the islands by means of the new ferries conforming to contemporary requirements will be guaranteed starting with the autumn of 2016,” said Remo Holsmer, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of AS Tallinna Sadam.
All the four diesel engine ferries have been designed so that the main engines of the ships can in the future be replaced for engines running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) provided that the necessary infrastructure is in place.
According to Holsmer, before the contracts were concluded, the representatives of Tallinna Sadam and the LMG Marin engineering company introduced the design and technical parameters of the ferries to AS Saarte Liinid, the administrator of Kuivastu, Rohuküla, Virtsu and Heltermaa harbors. The company confirmed that the ships were suitable for operation in the existing infrastructure and no additional investments would be necessary for their servicing in the harbors.