The christening and launching ceremony of the big cruise ferry ordered by Tallink took thursday december 1st place at Aker Yards shipyard in Rauma.
The contract worth 165 million Euro was signed in October 2004. The vessel
will start cruises from Helsinki to Tallinn next spring. The vessel was
christened as "Galaxy" by Ms. Johanna-Iisebel Järvelill, daughter of Member of
the Board of Tallink, Mr. Kalev Järvelill.
The vessel will be one of the biggest cruise ferries in the Baltic Sea,
having capacity for 2,800 passengers. The guiding principle in designing the
vessel is paying attention to the comfort and luxury of present-day passengers.
There will be maximal use of high-tech solutions onboard. 927 cabins, several
restaurants and places to entertain of various style and class as well as a
remarkable conference centre with over 450 seats make the new ship a multi
functional sea-based hotel with excellent ambience.
When delivered in spring
2006, the vessel will start regular cruises between Helsinki and Tallinn. On
that route now, the cruise ferry "Romantika", delivered from Aker Finnyards in
spring 2002, will start cruising between Stockholm and Tallinn together with the
sister ship "Victoria", built in Rauma in 2004.
In addition Tallink has ordered a fast passenger day ferry from Aker Yards;
and signed option agreements for both vessels.
MS Galaxy is designed to
carry passengers, private cars and freight units, and has 1,130 lanemetres, i.e.
over a kilometre of vehicle deck space. The vessel has a length of 212 metres, a
beam of 29 metres and a gross tonnage of 48,300. Propulsion by four diesel
engines totalling 26,240 kW will provide a service speed of 22 knots.
Classification of the vessel is to the highest ice-class - 1 A Super. The
catalytic reduction units to be installed for better control of exhaust
emissions will make the vessel most environmentally