Shipping & Shipbuilding News - 11 April 2007 - The Brightest Maritime Daily

Star emerges from Aker Shipyards
But like all stars, it kept 'em waiting!

A new ship will enter service on the Helsinki-Tallinn route tomorrow, but like all stars, it liked to keep its audience waiting.

Akeryards announced yesterday on their website that they had delivered the mv STAR to their owners Tallink.

The vessel arrived a little late for Tallink who had to announce that due to construction delays the new ferry would start operating on the Helsinki-Tallinn route from tomorrow, 12th of April, a week later than originally planned.

SUPERFAST VIII was rerouted on the Helsinki-Tallinn route before to cover for STAR before she arrives.

mv STAR's particulars:

Length: 185 m
Breadth: 27.7 m
Passenger capacity: 1,900
Speed: 27 knots
Lane metres: 2000 m

The new vessel will make the crossing in 1 hr 55 minutes and Aker Yards say the ship's interior was designed for a short voyage time allowing 'efficient passenger flow' on board the ship.

The ship had wide corridors and arcades, said Aker, with plenty of room in the dining areas.

The vessel also has two large shops.


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