Estonian Tallink Grupp has launched an international name search for its new LNG-powered shuttle vessel.
The construction of the new fast ferry is due to kick off at the Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) shipyard in Finland early next year after Tallink secured a loan to finance the ship.
The shuttle vessel, which will be similar to the group’s newest vessel Megastar operating on the Tallinn-Helsinki route since January 2017, will be completed by the end of 2021 and delivered to Tallink Grupp in January 2022.
Once completed, the ferry will have a length of 212 meters and a gross tonnage of 50,000 tons. Additionally, it will be able to accommodate 2,800 passengers.
The newbuild will then start operating on the Tallinn-Helsinki route, providing frequent departures between the twin capitals of Estonia and Finland.
The contract for the construction of the new vessel was signed between Tallink Grupp and RMC in April 2019 and now the Baltic Sea shipping company would like to find a name the new vessel before the construction begins in early 2020.
„We … want to offer this opportunity to all the shipping enthusiasts out there to have the honour of naming Tallink Grupp’s new vessel, which will be designed to lead the way in modern, innovative and green shipping,“ Paavo Nõgene, CEO of Tallink Grupp, said.
The competition is open from today and names for the new vessel can be proposed by filling in a form on Tallink Grupp’s website. The competition is open for entries until the end of August 2019 and the winning name will be selected by the company’s management board by the end of September this year.
Tallink Grupp currently owns 14 vessels and operates seven ferry routes under the brand names of Tallink and Silja Line.