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April 18. 2006

Aker Yards delivered Tallink s big cruise ferry

The cruise ferry "Galaxy" was delivered for Tallink from Aker Yards shipyard in Rauma. The contract worth 165 million Euro was signed in October 2004. The vessel will start cruises from Helsinki to Tallinn.

The vessel is one of the biggest cruise ferries in the Baltic Sea, having capacity for 2,800 passengers. The guiding principle in designing the vessel is paying attention to the comfort and luxury of present-day passengers. The use of high-tech solutions onboard is maximal.

927 cabins, several restaurants and places to entertain of various style and class as well as a remarkable conference centre with over 450 seats make the new ship a multi functional sea-based hotel with excellent ambience.

The vessel will start regular cruises between Helsinki and Tallinn. On that route now, the cruise ferry "Romantika", delivered from Aker Yards in spring 2002, will start cruising between Stockholm and Tallinn together with the sister ship "Victoria", built in Rauma, Finland, in 2004.

In addition to the "Galaxy", Tallink has ordered from Aker Yards a sister vessel for the big cruise ferry for delivery in summer 2008 as well as a fast passenger day ferry for delivery in spring 2007.

MS Galaxy is designed to carry passengers, private cars and freight units, and has 1,130 lanemetres, i.e. over a kilometre of vehicle deck space. The vessel has a length of 212 metres, a beam of 29 metres and a gross tonnage of 48,300. Propulsion by four diesel engines totalling 26,240 kW will provide a service speed of 22 knots. Classification of the vessel is to the highest ice-class - 1 A Super. The catalytic reduction units to be installed for better control of exhaust emissions will make the vessel most environmentally friendly.

About Aker Yards:

Aker Yards ASA is an international shipbuilding group focusing on sophisticated vessels. The group has a strong position both in terms of innovation, product range, technology, experience and capacity. The product range includes cruise vessels & ferries, merchant vessels, offshore & specialized vessels. Aker Yards, with an annual turnover of euro 2 bn, comprises 13 yards in Norway, Finland, Germany, Romania and Brazil and has approximately 13,000 employees.

In Finland Aker Yards has three yards: in Turku, Helsinki and Rauma. www.akeryards.com

Aker Yards is part of the Aker Group (www.akerasa.com), a leading multi-industry powerhouse with more than 40,000 employees and EUR 7.5 billion revenues. Aker owns 55.6 per cent of Aker Yards, and the group is also a significant participant in the oil & gas business as well as the fisheries industry.

For further information
An artist s impression of the vessel as well as a photo under
construction can be found at: www.akerfinnyards.com - Newsroom -
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