China’s Xiamen Shipbuilding will on Tuesday launch Viking Line’s new LNG-powered ferry that will operate in the Baltic Sea.
The 222 meters long vessel will later this year 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% less fuel than Viking Grace despite the fact that the newbuild is larger.
To remind, Viking Line signed the contract for the new LNG-powered ferry back in April 2017 while the Chinese yard held a keel-laying ceremony in June 2019.
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 metres of additional capacity on the Turku–Stockholm route, according to Viking Line.