MS Superstar

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Tallink Superstar Tallinn.jpg
Superstar arriving in Tallinn, May 2008
Career
Name: Superstar
Owner: Tallink Group Ltd
Operator: Tallink
Route: HelsinkiTallinn[1]
Ordered: 5 August 2005[2]
Builder: Fincantieri Ancona, Italy[3]
Cost: 120 million[4]
Yard number: 6140[3]
Laid down: 18 January 2007[5]
Launched: 5 October 2007[6]
Christened: 5 October 2007 by Kaia Kanepi[6]
Acquired: 8 April 2008[4]
In service: 21 April 2008[1]
Identification: IMO number: 9365398[3]
Status: In service
General characteristics [3]
Class & type: Fast cruiseferry
Tonnage: 36,400 GT
5,400 DWT
Length: 175.10 m (574 ft 6 in)[4]
Beam: 27.60 m (90 ft 7 in)
Draught: 7.00 m (23 ft)
Ice class: 1 A[6]
Installed power: Four Wärtsilä diesel engines
50,400 kW (combined)
Speed: 27.5 knots (50.9 km/h; 31.6 mph)
Capacity: 2,080 passengers[4]
173 berths[4]
665 cars
1,930 lanemeters[4]

MS Superstar is a fast ferry owned by the Estonia-based Tallink and operated on their HelsinkiTallinn service. She was built in 2008 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy.[3]

Concept and construction[edit]

The design of the Superstar is based on Moby Lines' Moby Wonder.[3] The original order included an option for a second ship of the same type, which Tallink decided not to exercise.[2]

The keel of the vessel was laid on January 18, 2007.[5] On October 5, 2007, the Superstar was christened by the Estonian tennis player Kaia Kanepi.[6] The ship was delivered on 8 April 2008[4] and left Ancona for the Baltic Sea a day later.[citation needed]

Service history[edit]

Superstar entered service on Tallink's HelsinkiTallinn route on 21 April 2008.[3] On 30 April 2008 the ship suffered a hydraulics problem while leaving Tallinn, and one Tallinn–Helsinki roundtrip had to be cancelled.[7] On 27 February 2009, while en route from Tallinn to Helsinki with 400 passengers on board, the ship's main engines stopped due to problems with the cooling systems at 8:45 am. The ship was adrift for nearly two hours, with emergency generators providing electricity, until full power could be restored at 10:30 am. Superstar arrived in Helsinki at 11:30, two hours behind schedule.[8][9]

Design[edit]

The green external livery of the ship is according to Tallink promotion material "meant to reflect the environmentally friendly aspects of the ship's design".[6]

The onboard facilities include a three-deck high showlounge, four restaurants, cafeteria, two bars, a casino, a business lounge and various shops. The interiors of the ship were designed by the Italian designers Carlo Ciribi and Alessandro Cestaro.[6]

Sister ship[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Laevad: Superstar" (in in Estonian). Tallink. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  2. ^ a b (Finnish) FCBS Forum: Tallink tilasi nopeakulkuisen lautan myös Fincantieriltä, retrieved 7 October 2007
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Asklander, Micke. "M/S Superstar (2008)". Fakta om Fartyg (in in Swedish). Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Superstar was delivered to Tallink". Tallink press release. Tallink. 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  5. ^ a b "Tallink's New Vessel's Keel to be Laid in Italy Today". Tallink press release. Tallink. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Tallink's New Vessel Named Superstar". Tallink press release. Tallink. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  7. ^ "Tallink Superstar jatkaa liikennöintiä tänä iltana". MTV3 / Kotimaa (in Finnish). MTV3. 2008-04-30. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  8. ^ "Konevika pysäytti Tallinkin Superstarin Suomenlahdelle". HS.fi (in Finnish). Helsingin Sanomat. 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2009-02-27. 
  9. ^ Filippov, Madis (2009-02-28). "Ulatuslik automaatikarike hoidis Superstari tunde Helsingi reidil" (in Estonian). Postimees. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 

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