MS Pascal Lota

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Pascal Lota arriving at Nice in 2020.
  • Superstar (2008–2017)
  • Pascal Lota (2017–Present)
OwnerCorsica Ferries
OperatorMedinvest SpA (Corsica Ferries)
Port of registry
Ordered5 August 2005[4]
BuilderFincantieri Ancona, Italy[2]
Cost120 million[3]
Yard number6140[2]
Laid down18 January 2007[5]
Launched5 October 2007[1]
Christened5 October 2007 by Kaia Kanepi[1]
Acquired8 April 2008[3]
In service21 April 2008[6]
StatusIn service
General characteristics [2]
Class and typeFast cruiseferry
Length175.10 m (574 ft 6 in)[3]
Beam27.60 m (90 ft 7 in)
Draught7.00 m (23 ft)
Ice class1 A Super[1]
Installed power
Speed27.5 knots (50.9 km/h; 31.6 mph)
  • 2,080 passengers[3]
  • 173 berths[3]
  • 665 cars
  • 1,930 lanemeters[3]
Tallink Shuttle ferry, MS Superstar, arriving at Helsinki, Finland from Tallinn, Estonia

The MS Pascal Lota (ex Superstar) is a fast ferry owned by the Corsica-based Corsica Ferries - Sardinia Ferries. She was built in 2008 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy.[2]

Concept and construction[edit]

The design of the Superstar is based on Moby Lines' MS Moby Aki.[2] The original order included an option for a second ship of the same type, which Tallink decided not to exercise.[4]

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.[1] The ship was delivered on 8 April 2008[3] 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.[2] 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]


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".[1]

The onboard facilities include a three-deck high showlounge, four restaurants, cafeteria, two bars, a casino, a business lounge and various shops.[1]

Sister ships[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Tallink's New Vessel Named Superstar". Tallink press release. Tallink. Archived from the original on 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2008-04-07.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Asklander, Micke. "M/S Superstar (2008)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 2008-04-07.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Superstar was delivered to Tallink". Tallink press release. Tallink. 2008-04-08. Archived from the original on 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2008-04-08.
  4. ^ a b (in Finnish) FCBS Forum: Tallink tilasi nopeakulkuisen lautan myös Fincantieriltä, retrieved 7 October 2007
  5. ^ a b "Tallink's New Vessel's Keel to be Laid in Italy Today". Tallink press release. Tallink. Archived from the original on 2007-12-29. Retrieved 2008-04-07.
  6. ^ "Laevad: Superstar" (in Estonian). Tallink. Archived from the original on 2008-04-09. 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". (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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