New LNG-powered cruise under construction for Finland & Sweden
On September 3, the production of Viking Line’s new passenger cruise ship started 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 collaborative project, involving extensive engineering and development work with the intention to create a unique new-generation passenger ship, has engaged several suppliers in Finland and Europe. The new vessel will run on LNG, just like the M/S Viking Grace, a pioneer in environmental aspects and the first LNG-powered large passenger ship in the world. With a capacity of 2,800 passengers, it will be larger than Viking Grace, and it is calculated to consume up to 10% less fuel. The 218-meter long and 63,000-ton cruise will have 922 cabins and a crew of about 200 people. Optimized energy efficiency and environmentally-friendly solutions have been focal points for the project, and the new Ice class 1 A Super vessel will be among the most energy efficient ships in the world. It will be delivered at the end of 2020 and launched for operation in early 2021 on the Turku–Åland–Stockholm route. The cruise is designed with a focus on providing open and unobstructed views of the unique archipelago. “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 utilize innovative technologies. Tomorrow’s passenger experiences will incorporate an emphasis on environment al factors and comfort,” said Jan Hanses, President and CEO of Viking Line.