Wartsila to support Viking Line’s LNG-powered newbuild

Finland’s Wartsila has signed a deal with compatriot Viking Line to support the latter’s new LNG-powered ferry, Viking Glory.

Wartsila said in a statement o Tuesday it would provide technical management for a broad scope of solutions installed on the LNG-powered ferry under a three-year contract.

The two firms signed the deal in December last year.

It covers six LNG-powered Wartsila 31DF engines, two LNGPac fuel gas supply systems and three tunnel thrusters.

The deal includes maintenance planning for the above Wartsila equipment, as well as on-demand remote operational and technical support.

Wartsila did not reveal the price tag of the deal.

Viking Glory will sail between Turku in Finland and Stockholm in Sweden. It should start its first commercial sailing on Tuesday.

Last month, the LNG-powered ship arrived in its home port of Turku in Finland after a long journey from Xiamen, China.

The new flagship replaces Amorella and will increase Viking Line’s passenger capacity on the Turku–Mariehamn–Stockholm route by about ten percent.

Also, the vessel would handle about 60 percent more cargo than its predecessor, Viking Line previously said.

The newbuild with a capacity for 2,800 passengers in 922 cabins joins the Finnish company’s Viking Grace that holds the title of the world’s first-ever large ferry to run on LNG.

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