Viking Line has informed the Chinese company Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd (XSI) that all conditions in the shipbuilding contract for a new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-fueled vessel have now been met and the contract thus enters into force. As part of the project, Finnish company Deltamarin Ltd has signed contracts with XSI for related engineering and construction support services
The shipbuilding contract is for a new passenger cruise ship on the Turku (Finland)–Åland Islands–Stockholm (Sweden) route with planned delivery in 2020. It forms part of the European Union’s Motorways of the Seas project.
Viking says the new vessel will be a collaborative project, and the plan is to engage a number of Finnish and other European suppliers, including Deltamarin. The energy-efficient vessel will be 218 metres in length and have a gross registered tonnage of about 63,000 tonnes. Passenger capacity will be 2,800 people, and the length of its cargo lanes will be 1,500 metres.
Deltamarin’s contracts cover basic and detail design as well as comprehensive project management support and supervision services to the shipyard during vessel construction.
The engineering and pre-construction project management support will be carried out mainly at Deltamarin’s offices in Finland over an estimated period of 12 months. The supervision and other construction support services will be carried out in Xiamen until planned delivery of the vessel in 2020.
The total contract amount is about EUR 194 million (USD 221 m). The agreement also includes an option for another vessel.
(Sources: Viking Line; Deltamarin)