Deltamarin, Wärtsilä and ABB Marine Are Partners
Sweden’s Viking Line reported a letter of intent with China’s Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Company for a ferry that will join its pioneering LNG-fueled Viking Grace connecting Turku, Finland and Stockholm. The new 715-foot ship is expected to cost about 190 million euros (approximately $201 million U.S. at current rates).
“The aim is to sign a final agreement during the spring of 2017,” Viking Grace said, with the new vessel to be delivered in spring 2020.
“The vessel is intended to be a collaborative project, and the plan is to engage a number of Finnish and other European suppliers, including Deltamarin, Wärtsilä and ABB Marine,” states a release.
“Passenger capacity will be 2,800 people, and the length of its cargo lanes will be 1,500 meters. Viking Line will hire Scandinavian architects for the interior design.”
“Our intention is for the vessel to run on liquefied natural gas,” Viking Line CEO Jan Hanses says in the announcement. “We have excellent experience with this,” he said.
Viking Line claims the world’s first LNG-fueled passenger ship, as the similarly sized Viking Grace entered service in early 2013. Viking Grace is powered by four 8L50DF dual fuel main engines from Wärtsilä and has an LNGPac Wärtsilä fuel system (HHP Insight, January 19, 2013).
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Source: Viking Line with Fleets & Fuels follow-up