Building of Viking Line’s Climate-Smart LNG-Fuelled Cruise Ship Starts

| Åland Islands: Mariehamn

New ferry being built for Viking LineThe production of Viking Line’s new passenger cruise ship at the Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. (XSI) shipyard in China is underway. The collaborative project, engaging several suppliers in Finland and Europe will produce one of the most climate-smart ships in the world.

The project has involved extensive engineering and development work with the intention to create a unique new-generation passenger ship. The vessel will be launched for operation in early 2021 on the Turku–Åland–Stockholm route.

The new vessel is larger than M/S Viking Grace, the pioneer in environmental aspects and the first LNG-powered large passenger ship in the world, but it is calculated to consume up to 10 per cent less fuel. Optimised energy efficiency and environmentally-friendly solutions have been focal points for the project, and the new vessel will be among the most energy efficient ships in the world.

Facts about the new vessel:

  • Delivery at the end of 2020
  • Launch for operation on the Turku–Åland–Stockholm route in early 2021
  • Passenger capacity 2,800 persons
  • Cabins 922
  • Crew approx. 200 persons
  • Length 218 metres, gross tonnage 63,000 tonnes
  • Cargo capacity 1,500 lane metres
  • Ice class 1 A Super
  • Fuel LNG (liquefied natural gas)
  • Built at the shipyard of Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. in China
  • Collaborative partners: Wärtsilä, ABB Marine, Kone, Koncept Stockholm, Deltamarin, Almaco etc.

Source: Viking Line Abp

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