15 October 2012

Merilin in Helsinki, 3 October 2012


IMO 9194256
Name history: Cat No 1, Merilin
Built 1999, Austal Shipyard Henderson, Australia
Tonnage 920 GT
Length 52,60 m
Width 13,30 m
Draught 1,50 m
411 passengers
4 MTU diesels, combined 9 280 kW
4 KaMeWa waterjets
Speed 40 knots

The Merilin doesn't get featured in this blog very often, mostly due to the fact that Linda Line's timetables and sailing routes make their ships difficult to photograph, unless you actually position yourself to specifically photograph these ships. I guess I ought to really do that some day to the Merilin's running mate Karolin, seeing as she hasn't ever been featured in this blog. For a history of the Merilin and Linda Line, see the first entry on her.

The photographs below show the Merilin arriving in Helsinki South Harbour in the evening of 3 October 2012, photographed from onboard the ferry Suomenlinna II. Click on the images to see them in larger size.

Sunset and sailboats, part 1.
Sunset and sailboats part 2: the rocky islets.
The Harakka island in the background. Harakka, incidentally, in addition to being the name of the Island, is also Finnish for a magpie.
Entering the South Harbour on the southernly route. Valkosaari on the foreground and the Kaivopuisto in the background. Also a little bit of the passenger tubes of the Olympia terminal used by Silja Line.
Next time: Seven Seas Voyager

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