Viking Line’s new LNG-powered ferry almost complete

Finland’s Viking Line said the company’s new LNG-powered ferry has returned to China’s Xiamen Shipbuilding after its second sea trial.

The ship to be named Viking Glory has earlier this year wrapped up its first voyage on the open sea.

Viking Line said in an update on Monday the vessel has completed its second sea trial with nearly 300 employees on board.

During the trial, the crew tested all machinery systems and propulsion technology, with the focus on endurance, it said.

“Now the only things that remain are some shipyard work and finishing touches on the cabins and public spaces before Viking Glory can finally take the throne as queen of the Baltic Sea,” Viking Line said.

The newbuild will join the Finnish company’s Viking Grace that holds the title of the world’s first-ever large ferry to run on LNG.

Viking Line expects the new ship to use up to 10 percent less fuel than Viking Grace despite the fact that the newbuild is larger.

Viking Glory features six 31DF dual-fuel engines from Wartsila but also the firm’s storage and supply system. In addition, the vessel has ABB’s azipod propulsion.

The vessel will replace Amorella and provide about 500 lane meters of additional capacity on the Turku–Stockholm route in the Baltic Sea. It will have a capacity for 2,800 passengers in 922 cabins.

Viking Line previously said it would put the vessel in service in early 2022.

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