The production of Viking Line’s new passenger cruise ship has started at Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry shipyard in China.
The first steel plates are being cut in the traditional steel cutting ceremony.
A statement explained “The new vessel will be one of the most climate-smart ships in the world. The project has involved extensive engineering and development work with the intention to create a unique new-generation passenger ship.”
The collaborative project has engaged several suppliers in Finland and Europe. The vessel will be launched for operation in early 2021 on the Turku–Åland–Stockholm route.
The new vessel is designed with a focus on providing open and unobstructed views of the archipelago, with large, panoramic windows.
“We want to provide our guests with unprecedented views of the archipelago. Our company’s roots are in the archipelago, and we wish this fact to be reflected in our activities. On the new ship, the views are unobstructed, and one can experience the overall presence of the sea. To protect our unique marine environment, we utilise innovative technologies. Tomorrow’s passenger experiences will incorporate an emphasis on environmental factors and comfort”, explained Viking Line president and chief executive Jan Hanses.
An architectural company based in Sweden, Koncept Stockholm is responsible for the interior design of the new vessel.
The new vessel is larger than Viking Grace, but is calculated to consume up to 10% less fuel. Optimised energy efficiency and environmentally friendly solutions have been focal points for the project.
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