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Friday, January 29, 2021 

Viking Line of Finland has launched its new vessel, ‘Viking Glory’, scheduled to enter service next year, at the Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry shipyard in China.

The LNG-fuelled Viking Glory is intended to operate on the Turku–Mariehamn–Stockholm route, alongside Viking Grace, which began service in 2013 as the world’s first large passenger ship powered by LNG. Viking Glory is larger than Viking Grace but is expected to use about 10% less fuel. The focus throughout the project has been on energy optimisation and eco-friendly solutions. Key partners in developing the environmental technology details include Wärtsilä, ABB Marine, Koncept, Climeon, Kone, Deltamarin, Almaco, Evac, Pointman and Projektia.

Viking Line’s CEO Jan Hanses said: “Viking Glory embodies Viking Line’s faith in a bright future for travel on the Baltic Sea. Key words are sustainability, energy efficiency and innovative Nordic design. Viking Glory is the result of a close collaboration with Finnish and other Nordic partners, who by contributing their expertise and know-how will enable us to soon celebrate the launch of a unique vessel.” .

The 222.6m 63,813gt ice class 1A Super vessel has capacity for 2,800 passengers in 922 cabins, and will operate with a crew of about 200. There is 1500 lane metres of cargo space.

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