A significant milestone has been reached in the construction of Viking Line’s new vessel, Viking Glory, which was launched at Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co, Ltd (XSI)’s shipyard in Xiamen, China. There is great interest in the new, climate-smart vessel, and the launch ceremony was live-streamed on YouTube. Viking Glory will be placed in service early next year on the Turku–Mariehamn–Stockholm route.

“Viking Glory embodies Viking Line’s faith in a bright future for travel on the Baltic Sea. Key words are sustainability, energy efficiency and innovative Nordic design. Viking Glory is the result of a close collaboration with Finnish and other Nordic partners, who by contributing their expertise and know-how will enable us to soon celebrate the launch of a unique vessel,” says Jan Hanses, Viking Line’s CEO.

Thanks to its advanced solutions and technical innovations, M/S Viking Glory will be one of the most climate-smart passenger ships in the world. It is estimated that the ship will consume up to 10% less fuel than M/S Viking Grace, which is smaller and was hailed as the world’s most eco-friendly ship of its time.

Viking Glory was launched into service in 2021 as the first ship in the world to be equipped with Wärtsilä 31DF dual fuel engines, which utilise the latest technology and run on completely sulphur-free liquefied natural gas (LNG). As with Viking Grace, Viking Glory will also have the ability to run on biogas, once it becomes a viable fuel alternative in the future.
“Viking Glory will have six 31DF engines for efficient optimisation of fuel consumption. These engines have the lowest fuel consumption, but at the same time, the highest cylinder output in their segment (550 kW/cylinder),” explains Project Manager Kari Granberg, who is in charge of the new construction at Viking Line.

Viking Glory will also, as the first in the world, recover the waste cold from the use of LNG and recycle it for use in cold counters, cold rooms and other special rooms.

“Today, recovery of waste heat is already common, but to recycle waste cold for the purposes of refrigeration appliances and cold rooms is an innovative and highly climate-smart solution. Viking Line has carried out development work in collaboration with Wärtsilä, Projektia and Deltamarin,” Granberg continues.

Additionally, Viking Glory will be equipped with a Climeon energy recycling system that harnesses and converts waste heat from the engines into electricity. The system can generate up to 40% of the electricity required for the passenger functions. Moreover, a dynamic air conditioning and lighting system will be installed onboard, which will have a direct effect on energy consumption. This system will be controlled by the booking system: if a cabin remains empty at departure, it will be set in a power-saving mode, thereby minimising air-conditioning and heating for that particular cabin.

This also marks the first time when a passenger ship of this kind utilises the Azipod propulsion unit manufactured by ABB as a means of saving time and energy in terms of ship manoeuvring: the system facilitates faster turns in the ports and a hull design with approximately 8% less water resistance than with a traditional propeller system.

“Viking Line endeavours to be a forerunner of responsible navigation, and this goal is reflected in the design and construction of our new ships. Those technological innovations we are now testing and developing jointly with our Nordic partners constitute the foundation for the novel cruise experiences through the archipelago,” says Gustaf Eklund, who is Head of Development at Viking Line and in charge of developing the concept for the new ship.

Technological innovations onboard M/S Viking Glory in brief:
The dual fuel engines by Wärtsilä will enable better optimisation of fuel consumption.
The use of LNG will result in zero sulphur emissions and reduced carbon dioxide emissions as compared to diesel fuel.
Waste cold from LNG use will be recovered and recycled for cold counters, cold rooms and other special rooms.
The energy recycling system by Climeon is estimated to generate up to 40 percent of the electricity required for passenger functions.
The Azipod propeller system by ABB will save time and fuel in terms of ship manoeuvring. Viking Glory will be the first passenger ship of this kind in the world to utilise this propeller system.
The dynamic air conditioning and lighting system will save energy. Certain rooms are equipped with sensors. When these rooms are not occupied, the lights are switched off automatically. Similarly, air conditioning is reduced automatically when the rooms are not used for a while.

Viking Line is a pioneer in developing sustainable passenger ships of the future. First out was Viking Grace, which was placed in service in 2013 as the world’s first large passenger ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and was honoured with a number of sustainability awards. The new Viking Glory is larger than the environmental pioneer Viking Grace but is nonetheless expected to use about ten per cent less fuel and thus be one of the world’s most energy-efficient vessels. The focus throughout the project has been on energy optimization and eco-friendly solutions. Key Nordic partners in developing environmental technology details and an innovative interior include Wärtsilä, ABB Marine, Koncept, Climeon, Kone, Deltamarin, Almaco, Evac, Pointman and Projektia.

Nordic design with a focus on archipelago views
With Viking Glory, Viking Line wants to open up the world’s most beautiful archipelagos to passengers in a brand-new way. The vessel offers large panoramic windows combined with quiet, comfortable travel in all seasons. The entire interior is characterized by timeless, yet playful design, Nordic light, sustainability and digital solutions.
Launch to be shown to the public

Facts about Viking Glory:
• To be delivered in late 2021
• Expected placement in service in early 2022 on the Turku–Åland–Stockholm route
• Passenger capacity: 2,800 passengers
• Cabins: 922
• Crew: around 200
• Length: 222.6 metres, gross tonnage: 63,813 tonnes
• Cargo capacity: 1,500 metres
• Ice class: 1A Super
• Fuel: Liquefied natural gas (LNG)
• Construction at XSI’s shipyard in China
• Partners: Wärtsilä, ABB Marine, Kone, Almaco, Koncept, Climeon, Evac, Projektia, Pointman, Deltamarin and others

Viking Line has seen great interest in the new vessel from customers and the general public. Anyone interested will therefore be given a chance to witness Viking Glory’s very first voyage, from drydock to quay. A virtual tour onboard the vessel will also be shown for the first time. A panel discussion will feature Viking Line’s CEO and project members, including the vessel’s project manager and master, which will be live-streamed on January 26 at 12 noon Finnish time (UTC+2) via the link

ABB to provide Azipod® electric propulsion for eco-friendly superyacht

Debut contract with Dutch luxury yacht builder Oceanco on Azipod® technology installation project paves the way for broader cooperation on sustainable electric propulsion in a market expected to exceed $10 billion by 2025

Specified for a superyacht built to the highest sustainability standards, ABB’s integrated project scope covers the supply of two 2.5 MW Azipod® units, together with propulsion drives and controls.

The Azipod® system is well-known for superior fuel efficiency and maneuverability over conventional setups across a broad variety of vessel types from cruise ships to tankers and ferries. The scalability of Azipod® propulsion means that it is equally well-suited to the environmentally conscious superyacht sector, a market where owners also place special value on the highest comfort standards brought by lower noise and vibrations.

Azipod® technology is based on a steerable propulsion system whose electric drive is contained in a submerged pod outside the ship’s hull rotating through 360 degrees. Launched three decades ago, Azipod® propulsion has become an industry benchmark for environmentally-friendly vessel technology, with its proven ability to cut fuel consumption by up to 20 percent compared to traditional shaftline propulsion systems.

“With Oceanco’s ultimate goal of zero impact on the environment, we are delighted to collaborate with ABB Marine & Ports, whose leading-edge technologies are known for delivering the sustainability benefits increasingly sought by superyacht owners,” said Remco Jurgens, Naval Architect, Oceanco. The two companies are assessing the potential for the integration of complete power and propulsion systems in future projects, he added.

“We are very pleased to have closed this first deal with Oceanco, and we look forward to collaborating in the future. Our two companies share an ethos of sustainable business development that provides a strong foundation for our relationship,” said Thomas Hackman, Market Development Manager, Superyachts, ABB Marine & Ports.

Both companies have recently underlined their commitment to sustainable development and ambitious targets that will also help decarbonize the marine sector. As part of its Sustainability strategy 2030 launched in November 2020, ABB will achieve carbon neutrality across its own operations and will support its customers in reducing their annual CO2 emissions by at least 100 megatonnes, equivalent to the annual emissions of 30 million combustion cars. Meanwhile, the superyacht builder has launched the Oceanco NXT initiative to collaborate with partners across different business sectors with the ultimate aim of designing and building zero-emission superyachts.

“We see ABB as a leading supplier and an essential partner for future developments,” said Jurgens. “Efficient energy management systems, energy storage, and advanced propulsion systems are considered fundamental to achieving our goal.”

An additional benefit for Oceanco and its client is ABB’s worldwide support network, providing round-the-clock advice and the capability to leverage the ABB Ability™ Remote Diagnostics System for equipment monitoring and troubleshooting. Today, with over 1,000 ships connected to ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations worldwide, digital services are at the core of supporting vessels from shore. ABB experts monitor onboard systems, coordinate equipment diagnostics and offer maintenance services 24/7 from eight ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations Centers around the globe.
ABB supplies the marine industry with world-leading technologies that are driving the evolution of sustainable shipping. Electrical propulsion, data-driven decision support and integrated solutions for ship and shore from ABB are paving the way to a zero-emission marine industry, providing greater efficiency and reliability to shipowners, and preparing vessels to meet the demands of tomorrow.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 110,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.


In the wake of the current Covid 19 pandemic affecting economies across all industries and experiencing sharp lockdown globally, Singapore is not spared the impact of the pandemic. 

With the implementation of stringent corona virus measures, the Singapore Government has responded strongly to contain the outbreak positively and progressively workers were allowed to resume work in most sectors.

Glow Marine Pte Ltd (GlowMarine), a privately owned enterprise has successfully launched a 42.30metre Aluminium Catamaran amid this pandemic at its yard in Jurong, Singapore in April 2021.

The new Twin-Deck vessel was named KAI SHIUAN 8 during a traditional blessing of Chinese prayer offering.

KAI SHIUAN 8 is designed and built to the requirements of Bureau Veritas and Taiwan CR Classification Society and comply with IMO International Code of Safety for HighSpeed Craft.  KAI SHIUAN 8 will be delivered to her Taiwanese owner in Taiwan, the passenger vessel will be deployed for inter-island ferry services plying along the routes along the coastal waters in Taiwan.

The 10.30metre body width Catamaran has a capacity of 388 passengers, furnished with leather seating ensuring optimum comfort and safety for onboard passengers and other feature for wheelchair-bound travellers.

The propulsion system comprised of 4 units MTU 12V2000M86 main engines empowering 4 units Kamewa 56-4 waterjets via 4 units ZF3050 gearboxes and is capable of a speed in excess of 38knots during sea trial.

Mr Patrick Han, Asst Director, Economic Division, from Taipei Representative Office in Singapore, toured the vessel with his entourage.

The meeting with the visitors was positive and encouraging. Prior to this present project,  GlowMarine has delivered a 42.30metre Catamaran in year 2017 and another 41.0metre Mono Hull in 2018 to their owner in Taiwan.

 Mr Alan Chang, Executive Director, GlowMarine, said, “With today’s market condition, GlowMarine has plan to embark on an expansion programme and widen the scope of its activities while responsive to the market.”

GloMarine services include: Design; Build and Management.


To provide design consultancy with proposed design concepts tailored to each individual client’s requirements based on proven designs.


To construct vessels in the most innovative, economic ways and in friendly locations.


To provide the owners with consultancy on the entire range of Project and Fleet Management.

Glow Marine Pte Ltd was established as a “One Stop Marine Solution Provider “. The Company has deep and wide experience in design, project management, fabrication and ship operation. These capabilities enable the company to swiftly assess and complete all complex projects and adapt to any prevailing market situations.

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