Tallink’s new LNG-fueled ferry will feature Valmet automation system
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. The order was included in Valmet’s second quarter 2015 orders received.
“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,” commented Andres Lepik, Tallink’s project manager for the new vessel. “Our automation system well supports the operation of this highly advanced and environmentally friendly LNG-powered car-passenger ferry,” said John Weierud, Director, Marine Automation, Valmet.
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.
The automation system for the ship will be a Valmet DNA distributed control system. It is a powerful and fully redundant system designed to handle the control and monitoring needs of even the largest and most complex vessels. The automation will control and monitor the machinery systems and the electric power management system, and include an emergency shutdown system (ESD). The latter is a standalone system based on the same Valmet DNA system platform. Valmet’s engineering team will handle the project from detailed design, programming and testing to onboard commissioning and completed sea trials.