Ship sail

Watch a huge ship sail to Glasgow to provide accommodation for COP26

Glasgow once again welcomed another huge ship with the arrival of MS Romantika.

The giant cruise ferry, operated by Tallink, is one of two ships that will be docking in our city to provide accommodation for the upcoming COP26 climate change conference.

Now safely moored at King George V Quay in Shieldhall, near Braehead Shopping Centre, video captured the Romantika sailing up the Clyde on Tuesday. The impressive vessel left Tangier, Morocco for Glasgow on October 6.

The MS Romantika typically operates on a ferry route between Stockholm, Sweden and Riga, Latvia, and has an estimated capacity of 2,500 passengers and 300 cars.

It is expected to be joined in Glasgow by another Tallink vessel, MS Silja Europa, in the coming days, with a charter arrangement in place for the use of the vessel between October 17 and November 17. The Silja Europa is currently moored in the Estonian capital Tallinn.

Announcing that both vessels were due to arrive in Glasgow for the COP26 summit, Paavo Nõgene, CEO of Tallink Grupp, said: “We are delighted to have been able to demonstrate to our good cooperation partners this year that we have excellent vessels suitable not only for travel and transport, but also for accommodation services, that we have a very capable crew and staff who can deliver exceptional results and levels of service under great pressure and in very complex, and that Tallink Grupp can respond very quickly, flexibly and professionally to the needs of even the most complex events and requirements.

“Our team helped the organizing team for the G7 summit in Cornwall to a great result in June this year, two of our vessels and our technical crew are working well in the Mediterranean at present and I’m sure we will take up the challenge also at COP26 in Scotland.”

In August, the last of three huge cruise ships docked in Glasgow left after months in our city during the pandemic.

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Due to the suspension of the cruise industry following the pandemic, cruise lines have had to dock ships in ports around the world.

And with UK ports temporarily docking cruise ships, including Rosyth, Tilbury, Bristol and Southampton, Glasgow was chosen as the berth for the Azamara fleet, including the Azamara Journey, Pursuit and Quest – all of which had skeletal crews of around 40 crew on board.

About 30,000 people, including world leaders and dignitaries, are expected to visit the city in November for the COP26 international summit on climate change.

The conference, which takes place from Sunday October 31 to November 12, is expected to be one of the biggest events ever in the UK.

UPDATE: The MS Silja Europa docked in Greenock yesterday afternoon (Thursday) and Tallink has since confirmed to Glasgow Live that it will remain theirs for the duration of its stay.