Tallink’s new LNG-powered fast ferry Megastar was bunkered at Helsinki’s West Harbour on January 25, 2017. Megastar will start operating on the Helsinki-Tallinn route this weekend, powered by the cleanest marine fuel – liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Megastar was bunkered by Skangas from a road tanker at Helsinki’s West Harbour. The ferry’s test bunkering took place at the Skangas Pori terminal in early January. Skangas delivers LNG flexibly from the LNG import terminal opened in the autumn at Tahkoluoto, Pori, for maritime transport needs to ports along the coast. Megastar will continue to use the West Harbour as its regular bunkering site.
”We’re developing the West Harbour terminal for increased environmental friendliness. Our modern harbor enables LNG bunkering, which is particularly suitable for us as exhaust emission and noise levels from LNG-fueled vessels are lower,” says Kari Noroviita, Director, Passenger Harbours, Port of Helsinki.
Megastar’s two stainless steel LNG tanks have capacity for up to 600 m3 of gas. Environmental aspects were taken into consideration from the initial design phases of the fast ferry. For example, the funnel is shorter, which helps cut down air resistance – and therefore minimize energy consumption during operation.
Communiqué de Skangas, 27/01/2017