30 June 2013

Silja Europa in Helsinki, 20 May 2013

Silja Europa

IMO 8919805
Built 1993, Meyer Werft, Germany
Tonnage 59 912 GT
Length 201,78 m
Width 32,60 m
Draught 6,80 m
Ice class 1 A Super
3 123 passengers
3 696 berths
350 cars
932 lane metres
4 MAN diesels, combined 31 800 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
1 stern thruster
Speed 22 knots

The Silja Europa seems to have become a new favourite of mine to photograph, now that she's sailing from Helsinki. Perhaps its the charm of the largest ferry on the Baltic, or simply the fact that I first got interested in ferries around the time she entered service. And it's a good thing I photographed her too, as she's now recieved Tallink hull markings and hence the appearance seen on these images is now history. And speaking of history, for an up-to-date history of the ship, see this entry.

The photographs below show the Silja Europa departing Helsinki West Harbour on the evening of 20 May 2013, photographed from Sisä-Hattu. Click on the images to see them in larger size.

Upright photos seem to have become a recent trend in my photos. This day was particularly good, as the low water levels revealed unusually much of the rocks on the shore.
Bulky, yes, but how many ships out there have the bulk so brilliantly designed? Or have so many windows for that matter.
Rocks on rocks.
The algae really makes the shot. Also notice the mirage-like Finnstar-class ship in the distance.
Next time: Apparently more of the Silja Europa, if I continue in chronological order.

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