The LNG-fuelled 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 is calculated to consume up to 10% less fuel.
The first steel plates are being cut in the traditional steel cutting ceremony, with launch scheduled for early 2021 on the Turku-Åland-Stockholm route. The vessel is designed to provide an open and unobstructed view of the unique archipelago. Large panoramic windows will allow passengers to experience the archipelago in a new way.
Jan Hanses, President and CEO of Viking Line, said: “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.”
Koncept Stockholm is responsible for the interior design of the vessel. With the help of these architects, Viking Line claims that it is striving to enhance on board travel experiences for the satisfaction of cruise passengers, families with children and conference guests alike, while also meeting the demands of freight transport.
The vessel is capable of carrying 2800 passengers, has 922 cabins, a crew of 200 persons and a cargo capacity of 1500 lane metres. It is 218 m long and has a gross tonnage of 63 000 t. Collaborative partners in the project include Wärtsilä, ABB Marine, Kone, Koncept Sweden, Deltamarin and Almaco.
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