Viking Line has signed a letter of intent with the Chinese company Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co. Ltd for an LNG fueled passenger vessel to be delivered in the spring of 2020.
According to Viking Line the goal is to sign a final agreement during the spring of 2017. The total investment is about 190 million euros. The letter of intent also includes an option for an additional vessel.
“Our intention is for the vessel to run on liquefied natural gas. We have excellent experience with this from the M/S Viking Grace, the first large LNG-powered passenger vessel in the world. Great emphasis has been placed in the planning work on environmentally sound solutions, including new innovative energy-efficient applications” said Jan Hanses, Viking Line’s CEO.
The new vessel is planned to serve the Turku (Finland) Åland Islands (Finland)-Stockholm (Sweden) route. The vessel will be 218 meters 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 meters. Viking Line will hire Scandinavian architects for the interior design.
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