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Keel laid for LNG-fuelled cruise vessel “Viking Glory” at Chinese yard

07 Jun 2019

Viking Line on Monday (3 June) completed a keel laying ceremony for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled Viking Glory at the Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry shipyard in China.

The new climate-smart ship will begin operating along the Turku-Aland-Stockholm route under the year 2021.

The rotor sail-equipped vessel is part of a Finnish-Swedish EU project that contributes to more sustainable, efficient maritime transport between Turku and Stockholm.

The project centred around the LNG-powered Viking Glory entails an upgrade of maritime transport links between Turku, Mariehamn and Stockholm, as well as infrastructure improvements in the ports.

The Turku–Mariehamn–Stockholm link is located in the so-called Scandinavian-Mediterranean Core Network Corridor, a transport corridor identified by the EU as being a special priority under the framework for TEN-T.

The EU project, which is led by the Port of Turku, will run from 2017 to 2020. Funding for the collaborative NextGen Link project will be a maximum of 12.7 million euros.

Technical details of Viking Glory are as follows:

  • Delivery at the end of 2020
  • Launched for operation on the Turku–Åland–Stockholm route at the beginning of 2021.
  • Passenger capacity: 2,800
  • Cabins: 922
  • Crew: approx. 200
  • Length: 222,6 metres, gross tonnage: 63,800 tonnes
  • Freight capacity: 1,500 lane metres
  • Ice class: 1 A Super
  • Fuel: LNG (liquified natural gas)
  • Under construction at the Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd shipyard in China
  • Partners: Wärtsilä, ABB Marine, Kone, Koncept Stockholm, Deltamarin, Almaco, among others

Related: LR: Rotor sail dream becomes a reality
Related: Viking Line deepens LNG fuel systems partnership with Wartsila

Photo credit: Viking Line
Published: 7 June, 2019


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