Meyer Turku started the building of new generation LNG-powered fast ferry for the route between Tallinn and Helsinki.

At a gross tonnage of 49,000, the new ferry will be around 212 meters in length. The ship will operate on the Tallinn-Helsinki route for AS Tallink Grupp and is designed for carrying 2,800 passengers at service speed of 27 knots. 

The New Gen ferry is scheduled for delivery in the beginning of 2017. Meyer Turku's project gives nearly 2,000 person-years of employment for the supplier network and the shipyard.

The new environmentally friendly vessel will use LNG as fuel. The ferry will comply with the stricter new emission regulations for ECA areas, including Baltic Sea. Her hull form minimizes hydrodynamic flow resistance, which, according to the shipyard, along with other renovations will bring considerable improvement in energy efficiency. Fast cargo turnaround in cruise ports was taken into account while designing the new generation LNG fast ferry.

CEO of AS Tallink Grupp, Janek Stalmeister, said that the new shuttle vessel would "pave the way for the next era of fast ferry service on the Tallinn-Helsinki route". He added that the environmental performance and innovative solutions in the service and technical areas would be benchmarks for the cruise market and their shuttle service.

For the Turku shipyard, the order boosts production volume by 30% in 2016 above the 2015 level, according to Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku.