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Monday, 16 March 2015

Bureau Veritas to class Tallink`s high speed LNG-powered passenger ferry

Leading international classification society Bureau Veritas is to class a unique LNG-fuelled high speed and high capacity passenger ferry which has been ordered by AS Tallink Grupp for the Helsinki-Tallinn route. The 2,850-passenger vessel will have a service speed of 27 knots and will be built by Meyer Turku for delivery in 2017.

Philippe Donche-Gay, Executive Vice-President and Managing Director of the Marine & Offshore Division, Bureau Veritas, says, “Bureau Veritas has extensive experience with LNG as a fuel and with ground breaking major passenger ship projects. We bring the two areas of expertise together with this project which will allow the vessel to meet strict air emission control limits in the Baltic area.”

The 49,000 gt ferry will be 212 m long. The dual-fuel vessel is designed to operate in icy waters and for fast cargo and passenger turnaround at each end of the route.

Bureau Veritas subsidiary Tecnitas has already carried out risk assessment studies for the LNG bunker operations in Helsinki and Tallinn ports. Bunkering will be carried out in either port by truck or bunkering barge. Tecnitas will also carry out HAZID studies for the proposed LNG propulsion and storage on board.

Says Donche-Gay, “This is a demanding route over a short distance with a very high capacity vessel which will operate from early morning to late at night with short turnaround time and which will have to cope with severe winter conditions. Bureau Veritas will also provide statutory certification on behalf of the Estonian flag.”

For an artist’s view of the new ferry (courtesy Meyer Turku), click on http://bit.ly/1As4kK8  or e mail john@merlinco.com


Bureau Veritas is a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services. Created in 1828, the Group has more than 66,000 employees in around 1,400 offices and laboratories located all across the globe. Bureau Veritas helps its clients to improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility. Bureau Veritas is listed on Euronext Paris and belongs to the Next 20 index.

Compartment A, ISIN code FR 0006174348, stock symbol: BVI.

www.bureauveritas.com  for corporate information                              www.veristar.com   for marine information

For more information:

Jean-Jacques Juenet
Business Development Manager, Passenger Ships
Bureau Veritas +33 (0)1 55 24 72 31

Philippe Boisson
Communication M & O   Director
Bureau Veritas +33 (0)1 55 24 71 98 

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