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