Valmet will supply an automation system for the new-generation, LNG-powered fast ferry for the Tallinn-Helsinki route shuttle operations between Estonia and Finland.

The vessel will be built by the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland and will be operated by Tallink. The automation system will be delivered in April 2016.

“We have had very good experience with the performance of Valmet’s automation system on other Tallink vessels as well as with high-level service support available both in Finland and Estonia,” says Andres Lepik, Tallink’s project manager for the new vessel.

The new ship will be 212 meters in length and have a passenger capacity of 2,800, a gross tonnage of 49,000 and service speed of 27 knots. It uses LNG as fuel and will comply with the new and stricter emission regulations for the Emission Control Areas including the Baltic Sea. The ship is due to be delivered at the beginning of 2017.

“Our automation system well supports the operation of this highly advanced and environmentally friendly LNG-powered car-passenger ferry,” says John Weierud, Director, Marine Automation, Valmet.