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Wednesday, December 29, 2021 

Viking Line has taken delivery of its second LNG-fuelled ro-pax vessel, Viking Glory, from Xiamen Shipbuilding yard in China, and it is about to undertake its delivery voyage to its home port of Turku, Finland.

Viking Line’s total investment in the project is around €225m, and the ship is due to commence operation  on the Turku – Aland Islands – Stockholm route at the beginning of March 2022.

The 65,211gt Viking Glory is 222.55m long with a width of 35m. 2,800 passengers can be caried, in 922 cabins, while freight capacity is 1500 lane metres plus 584 passenger cars.

Travelling at an average speed of 16 knots, the delivery journey is expected to take nearly five weeks.

Viking Glory’s captain, Ulf Lindroos, said: "Glory’s journey home is an exciting, special task that has required meticulous planning and special arrangements. Over the course of the journey, the vessel will encounter a variety of weather conditions, and a long journey is also challenging in other ways. But we have experienced people on board with us who have sailed the seven seas, so we have been able to identify potential risks and draw up action plans with different situations in mind. Safety and financial considerations provide the framework for our route planning. It is fantastic to be part of this unique project. At the moment, my head is full of so many thoughts that I think, over time, the experience will feel even more special and wonderful. What I can say right now is that nothing will surpass the joy of arriving in our home port.”

Construction work will continue during the journey, undertaken by a 40-strong crew plus sub-contractors who will board the vessel en route.

“We have eagerly waited to take Glory home. The most eager of us already had our bags packed several weeks before the departure and brought our things to the shipyard for storage. There were also people interested in sailing with us, but we could not take them on board since we will work on building and finishing things during the course of the journey as well,” added Lindroos.

Viking Glory was launched in January 2021 at Xiamen. The vessel has completed two demanding sea trials, to check to make sure the vessel’s systems function under actual conditions. The first sea trial in June included a test run of ABB’s Azipod propulsion system, testing of the vessel’s manoeuvrability and confirmation that the lifeboats and fire alarm system work. The second sea trial included checks of all machinery systems with focus on endurance. At the same time, the vessel’s noise and vibration levels were tested.

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