Tallink Grupp, a provider of mini-cruise, passenger and cargo transportation services in the northern Baltic Sea region, on Tuesday (22 November) said its new Tallinn-Helsinki route shuttle vessel MyStar, which was due to start operating on the route on 1 December, will not yet be launched on the route as planned.
The firm said during the sea trials that took place last weekend, it transpired that the vessel’s propulsion systems need further adjustments and alignment, and the shipyard needs more time to carry out these technical works.
“Unfortunately, the results of the latest sea trials were unsatisfactory, so the vessel returned to Rauma shipyard yesterday morning for additional works. We continue to cooperate closely with the shipyard, to ensure that the best possible vessel is delivered to the route, and we are not willing to compromise on any technical issues, so work will continue as long as it takes to resolve everything outstanding,” Tarvi-Carlos Tuulik, Head of Ship Management and Chief Captain of Tallink Grupp, said.
“At present we are awaiting new information from Rauma shipyard on when all the necessary works will be completed, when the vessel will be ready to go to the final sea trials and when we can expect delivery of the vessel.”
Tallink apologised to all its customers who have purchased tickets specifically for MyStar departures over the last few months, and will announce a new start date of MyStar operations as soon as this information is available.
Due to delays with MyStar operations, Tallink Grupp’s shuttle vessels Star and Megastar will continue to operate in their current and normal shuttle schedule with six departures each per day until MyStar is launched on the route.
It was reported that Tallink launched and christened MyStar on 12 August 2021 and that it would operate in tandem with Tallink’s Megastar on the Tallinn-Helsinki route from mid-2022.
Photo credit: Tallink Grupp
Published: 23 November, 2022
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