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Cavotec equipment moored LNG-fuelled ferry 905 times in first year

Tallink's Megastar completed its first year in service at the end of January.



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Updated on 09 Feb 2018 13:50 GMT

Shore power system supplier Cavotec confirmed on Friday that it has moored Tallink's LNG-fuelled ferry, the Megastar, 905 times during the vessel's first year of service.

Since the Megastar's maiden voyage a year ago, on January 29, 2017, Tallink said last week that the vessel carried more than two million passengers in its first year, which is said to be the highest ever number of passengers carried on any vessel operating in the Baltic sea over a 12-month period.

During this time, Cavotec's MoorMaster has been used to moor the gas-powered ship more than twice a day, on average.

The 49,000-gross-tonne (grt) ship uses LNG as its main fuel, but is also able to run on diesel. It travelled 94,520 nautical miles in its first year.

Compared to Tallink's other shuttle on the same route, the Star, the Megastar is one-third more powerful and accommodates 2,800 passengers, but its ecological footprint is said to be "the same or even smaller" than that of the Star.

According to Tallink, the ship emits no sulphur oxide (SOx) or nitrogen oxide (NOx) and almost no soot particles; the CO2 emissions compared to the Superstar - which the Megastar replaced on the Tallinn-Helsinki route - are said to have plummeted almost 40 percent.

The MoorMaster is a vacuum-based automated mooring technology designed to eliminate the need for conventional mooring lines. Remote-controlled vacuum pads recessed in, or mounted on the quayside or pontoons, moor and release vessels in seconds.

Cavotec also provides shore power supply systems, and in 2013 was commissioned to supply the world's first automated mooring and alternative maritime power (AMP) system for two Norled frequent-use ferry berths in western Norway.






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