Bridgemans Services Group has taken delivery of ro-pax ISABELLE

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Bridgemans is now beginning an extensive retrofit of ISABELLE’s environmental systems and living, dining, recreation, and gathering areas to create a comfortable live-work home for large workforces.

When the retrofit in Estonia is finished in late 2023, the ferry will offer a luxurious home away from home that includes 650 newly renovated single cabins with private ensuites, a high-end dining room, lounges, meeting rooms, fast wi-fi, offices, first aid clinic, a state-of-the-art fitness facility, billiards and games room, and dedicated accommodations for crew members.

In April, Tallink Grupp signed a contract with Canadian enterprise Bridgemans Floatel LP/Bridgemans Services Group LP for a multi-year charter of the vessel ISABELLE, with a purchase option.

Delivery of MyStar

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On 7 December 2022, Tallink Superfast Ltd, a subsidiary of AS Tallink Grupp, took delivery of the new fast passenger ferry MyStar from Rauma Marine Constructions.

  • There will be four different travel classes – the standard Star Class, upgraded Comfort Class, exclusive Business Lounge and the novel Platinum Lounge offering even more privacy.
  • There is a 2500 m2 Traveller Superstore shopping area through two decks with modern self-service solutions, and seven restaurants, cafes and bars. A children’s playroom, an area for older kids with gaming equipment, a large winter garden and a kennel for the pets on garage level.
  • The new ship has a service speed of 27 knots and she will operate on the Tallinn-Helsinki route with 6 departures per day in the company’s shuttle vessel schedule in tandem with the company’s other fast ferry Megastar.
  • The cost of the ship is around EUR 250 million and the purchase is financed with a loan of EUR 196,3 million from KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH Ltd., the credit is guaranteed by Finnish Export Credit Agency “Finnvera”. The maturity of the loan is twelve years and bears fixed interest rate.
  • MyStar is co-financed by European Union, the Connecting Europe Facility, Transport – Motorways of the Sea.
  • MyStar will start operating on 13 December 2022.
  • 212m | 2800 passengers | 750 passenger vehicles.
  • Dual-fuel engines LNG MDO

Short-term charter agreement

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AS Tallink Grupp and Estonian Social Insurance Board have signed a short-term time-charter agreement ropax ISABELLE.

The vessel will be chartered to the Estonian authorities from 8 December 2022 for six months with extension options (6+1+1).

The vessel will be used to provide temporary accommodation to Ukrainian refugees arriving in Estonia.

ISABELLE returns to Riga after two years of absence

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Tallink Grupp’s vessel ISABELLE is undergoing regular maintenance in the Turku Repair Yard, prior to returning to Port of Riga after two years of absence

ISABELLE, which until the start of the pandemic operated on the company’s Riga-Stockholm route, is getting a regular dry-docking, scheduled from 12 to 25 February 2022.

After the technical maintenance works, the vessel will proceed directly to the Port of Riga where she will wait for the re-opening of company’s popular Riga-Stockholm route in April 2022.

Tallink Grupp To Reroute ISABELLE To Operate On The Paldiski-Kapellskär Route

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ISABELLE is going to operate on the Paldiski-Kapellskär route from Sunday, 7 June until the end of August.

Currently REGAL STAR operates on the only route currently open between Estonia and Sweden, ensuring a vital transport link.

As demand for cargo capacity and also for passengers with vehicles has increased in recent weeks and in order to ensure that sufficient space is available for social distancing, the company has decided to add ISABELLE.

She will still predominantly transport cargo between the two countries, but will also take passengers with vehicles, who need to travel between the two countries for reasons other than tourism and leisure.

Collective Redundancies for Tallink Latvija AS Employees

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 Tallink Grupp’s subsidiary Tallink Latvija AS has notified the Latvian Employment Agency and the group’s Latvian crew members and shore personnel that it is commencing a collective redundancies process involving around 550 Latvian employees. The process involves both crew members of the group’s Latvian flagged vessels ISABELLE and ROMANTIKA as well as the company’s Latvian shore personnel.

Tallink’s Riga-Stockholm route vessels Isabelle and Romantika have been suspended at the Port of Riga since mid-March due to the ongoing state of emergency and the established travel restrictions and there is currently no information on when the operation of the route is likely to be restored.  As per maritime regulations, both vessels currently have the minimum required level of technical crew onboard, but all other onboard employees have been at home for the last month with reduced salaries, paid by the company.