Viking Line has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Chinese company Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co. Ltd for the construction of a large LNG-fuelled passenger vessel.
This vessel will be the second LNG-fuelled vessel owned and operated by Viking Line, the first being the M/S Viking Grace.
Intended to be a collaborative project, a number of Finnish and other European suppliers will be engaged, including Deltamarin, Wärtsilä and ABB Marine. These companies equip the vessel with a range of environmentally sound solutions, including new innovative energy-efficient applications.
The new vessel will serve the Turku (Finland)-Åland Islands (Finland)-Stockholm (Sweden) route. It will be 218 metres in length and have a gross registered tonnage of 63,000 tonnes. Passenger capacity will be 2,800 people, and the length of its cargo lanes will be 1,500 metres.
Many years of planning work have gone into this newbuilding project in conjunction with the European Union’s Motorways of the Seas project under the scope of the Connecting Europe Facility funding instrument, which has also included the Port of Turku and the Port of Stockholm.
The signed LOI states a delivery date of Spring 2020 and includes an option for an additional vessel. Viking Lines says it is aiming to sign a final agreement during the spring of 2017. The total investment represents approximately 190 million euros.
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