Tallink details naming arrangements for the latest newbuilding
Touted as the most environmentally friendly vessel on the Baltic Sea, MyStar, commissioned by Tallink Grupp, currently under construction in Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) shipyard, Finland, due to be completed in 2022, will be christened in Rauma shipyard on 12 August 2021. As part of MyStar’s christening event, after the christening ceremony, the vessel will be launched and work will begin on fitting out.
Since the godmother of Tallink Grupp’s current flagship, LNG-powered shuttle vessel Megastar is the Finnish President Tarja Halonen it was deemed appropriate that the godmother of MyStar, which will be operating in tandem with Megastar on the Tallinn-Helsinki route between Estonia and Finland, will be Kersti Kaljulaid the President of Estonia.
Commenting on the choice of godmother for the new 50,000gt Tallink Grupp shuttle vessel, Paavo Nõgene, CEO of Tallink Grupp, said that the activities and input of President Kersti Kaljulaid in helping to raise awareness and speaking out on the issues of environment and climate change both on the Estonian as well as on the international scene has been instrumental in choosing her as the godmother.
Kaljulaid commented, “Two years ago, when the Estonian vessel Admiral Bellingshausen embarked on her Antarktika200-expedition voyage, it helped us to tell several stories – to introduce Estonia as a seafaring nation, Estonia as a high-tech country, as well as to raise public awareness of global environmental issues. Although MyStar and Admiral Bellingshausen are very different, at first glance, however, the story that these two ships are telling us, is similar. Estonia is a seafaring country and every year, there are more Estonian-flagged vessels that proudly display our national colours. This time, the addition to the fleet of our national-flagged vessels is very special indeed – both in terms of its size and the technology onboard, as well as for aiming to further reduce the emissions. Also, similarly, Tallink plays a special role in the Estonian economy, both as an employer as well as enabling tens of thousands of people to travel to work“.
Paavo Nõgene, CEO of Tallink Grupp, commented, “For us, this new vessel symbolises new hope for a better future, because ships which are more environmentally friendly and energy efficient mean a cleaner Baltic Sea and better living environment for all of us. The tandem of our vessels Megastar and MyStar which will be operating on the Tallinn-Helsinki route in 2022, will create a green bridge linking Estonia and Finland. We are particularly pleased that in spite the difficult pandemic year behind us, we have been able to proceed with our strategic key investment projects as planned and despite all the challenges, MyStar has will be completed in 2022“.
MyStar is another important step for Tallink Grupp towards achieving even greater energy efficiency and eco-friendliness for its shipping operations on the Baltic Sea. Similarly, to the current flagship vessel Megastar, the MyStar is mainly LNG-powered and comes equipped with the latest cutting-edge technology and innovation onboard and will meet all the current and known future emission regulations.
Jyrki Heinimaa, President and CEO of Rauma Marine Constructions said, “MyStar is the most energy efficient vessel, among several vessels built for Tallink Grupp here, in the RMC shipyard at Rauma. Our aim is to be at the forefront of environmentally friendly shipbuilding, and we are proud to be a part of shaping the shipping industry between Tallinn and Helsinki towards a more environmentally direction in cooperation with our significant and longstanding client”.
To find the name for the new shuttle vessel, Tallink Grupp organised an international naming competition. The name MyStar was proposed by Marietta Kähära from Finland, who explained that MyStar is every traveller’s very own star on the Baltic Sea.