SEPTEMBER 3, 2018 — Åland, Finland, headquartered Viking Line reports that production of its next generation LNG fueled cruise ferry has started with a traditional steel cutting ceremony at the Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. (XSI) shipyard in China.
The new vessel will be 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 collaborative project has engaged several suppliers in Finland and Europe.
The 218 m long, 63,000 gt new vessel is larger than Viking Line’s Viking Grace, the world’s first large LNG fueled passenger ship, but it is calculated to consume up to 10 percent less fuel.
Optimized 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.
Collaborative partners in the project include Wärtsilä, ABB Marine, Kone, Koncept Stockholm, Deltamarin, and Almaco.
The vessel is set to start operation in early 2021 on the Turku–Åland–Stockholm route.
The new vessel is designed with a focus on providing open and unobstructed views of the unique archipelago. Large panoramic windows will enable passengers to experience the archipelago in a completely new way.
“We want to provide our guests with unprecedented views of the archipelago. Our company’s roots are in the archipelago, and we wish this fact to be reflected in our activities. On the new ship, the views are unobstructed, and one can experience the overall presence of the sea. To protect our unique marine environment, we utilise innovative technologies. Tomorrow’s passenger experiences will incorporate an emphasis on environmental factors and comfort,” says Jan Hanses, President and CEO of Viking Line.