Viking Line’s contract with XSI includes an option to build a second cruise ferry (Image: Viking Line)
ABB is to provide an Azipod propulsion system for Viking Line’s new cruise ferry, which will be built by Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry (XSI) in China.
Like her predecessor Viking Grace, the newbuild will feature LNG engines, but rather than conventional shaftline propulsion technology, she will be equipped with twin XO 2100-type Azipod propulsion. This marks the first time Azipod propulsion systems have been installed in a cruise ferry.
The Azipod XO-type propulsion units feature intelligent control systems and advanced condition monitoring, which optimises energy efficiency and is easier to maintain. In addition, the Azipod XO units are designed to match the ship’s ice-class 1A Super notation. The vessel will be classed by DNV-GL.
“Following on from our power and propulsion systems role in Viking Grace, we are very excited that the continuation of our cooperation with Viking Line involves the ground-breaking order for Azipod propulsion for this cruise ferry,” said Marcus Högblom, vice president of global sales for the Azipod and Passenger Ship segment at ABB.
Juha Koskela, managing director of ABB BU Marine and Ports, added: “By utilising ABB’s knowledge in the cruise sector, Viking Line’s expertise in ferry operations and our joint experience from Viking Grace we are - together - writing the future of how propulsion systems will look.”
Due for delivery in 2020, the 13-deck, 63,000gt vessel will have capacity for 2,800 passengers and will operate on the route between Turku and the Åland Islands in Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden.
“Our expectation for this vessel is that she will be the most efficient cruise ferry operating in the Baltic, if not the world, and our choice of ABB is based on our experience of the company as a reliable, innovative supply partner with the knowledge and understanding to run major projects in Finland and locally with shipbuilders,” said Jan Hanses, president and CEO of Viking Line.
Viking Line’s contract with XSI includes an option to build a second cruise ferry.