New vessel will be 10% more energy efficient thanViking Line’s existing dual-fuel ferry, Viking Grace (Image: Viking line)
Deltamarin is to provide China-based shipyard Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co (XSI) with engineering and construction support services for Viking Line’s new LNG-fuelled ro-pax ferry.
According to the €11 million (US$12.5 million) contract, Deltamarin will continue to provide basic and detailed design services for the new vessel concept, which has been developed in collaboration with Viking Line. The engineering and pre-construction project management support will be carried out mainly at Deltamarin’s offices in Finland over an estimated period of 12 months. Deltamarin will also provide comprehensive project management support and supervision services to the shipyard during vessel construction.
“We have received good support from Deltamarin during the concept development and the worldwide yard selection phase, and look forward to continuing the work together with the company and Xiamen Shipyard during the vessel construction,” said Kari Granberg, newbuild manager at Viking Line.
Viking Line’s new 2,800-passenger ferry will have an optimised hull shape, energy-efficient systems, two 24-metre-high rotor sails and will run on LNG fuel. The vessel will be 10% more energy efficient thanViking Line’s existing dual-fuel ferry, Viking Grace.
“We are very happy about the constructive cooperation with Viking Line,” said Nina Savijoki, Deltamarin’s sales manager. “From a naval architectural point of view, the company presented us with every concept developer’s dream challenge: to come up with a concept that is even more energy efficient in relation to cargo capacity than Viking Grace, one of the most energy-efficient and sophisticated ferries on the market.”
Scheduled for delivery in 2020, Viking Line’s newbuild will operate on the route between Finland and Sweden, connecting Turku, the Åland Islands, and Stockholm as part of the European Union’s Motorways of the Seas project.