MS Silja Europa (C) Elliot Preece

The G7 Summit is currently underway in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, England. In addition to the reported 4,000 beds secured in the local area, police officers will be housed in the cruise ship MS Silja Europa. The UK police force chartered the vessel specifically for this purpose. The G7 summit gathers the world leaders of seven of the most economically advanced countries. The summit is annual, although it did not convene in 2020. This year, US President Joe Biden will join UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canada’s Justin Trudeau, France’s Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Angela Merkel, Japan’s Yoshihide Suga and Italy’s Mario Draghi.

The Ms Silja Europa is a mid-sized cruise ship, 202 metres long and counting 14 decks. Tallink, an Estonian shipping company who operates cruiseferries on the Baltic Sea, operates the vessel. Tallink say she is the largest and most beautiful Baltic cruise ship.

Refreshed and refurbished

Ms Silja Europa was refurbished in 2016 for her return to work as a cruiseferry. Previously, she had been altered to act as a floating hotel. The refurbishment work spanned over one thousand cabins and several public areas, including 5 restaurants and bars. This renovation included the addition of the Coffee&Co café, one possible dining option for police officers today. Aprocos, a Finnish interior design firm specialising in designing public spaces, designed the interiors.

The refurbished cruise ship sails the Helsinki-Tallinn line as a cruiseferry. The design of the interiors spaces would have certainly taken into account the 5 million passengers served on the Helsinki-Tallinn route annually. Performance materials, selected to withstand regular heavy use, will have been judiciously used throughout the refreshed spaces.

CSI Content Specialist Elliot Preece was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the MS Silja Europa anchored in Falmouth Bay. She glowed in the soft Cornish twilight, among the local fisher boats.

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