Azipods ordered for Viking Line cruise ferry newbuild

Electric rather than direct drive propulsion has been selected to accompany LNG engines on VIking Line's newbuild cruise ferry Electric rather than direct drive propulsion has been selected to accompany LNG engines on VIking Line's newbuild cruise ferry

Viking Line has opted for podded propulsion rather than a conventional shaftline arrangement for its new LNG cruise ferry under construction at Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co in China.

The 63,000gt, 2,800-passenger capacity ship is scheduled for delivery in 2020. Like her European-built predecessor Viking Grace, the new cruise ferry will feature LNG engines, although the conventional shaftline has been replaced with a twin Azipod XO 2100 arrangement.

ABB noted that the order marks the first time its Azipod units have been deployed in the cruise ferry sector.

“Our expectations for this vessel is that she will be the most efficient cruise ferry operating in the Baltic, if not the world,” said Jan Hanses, president and CEO, Viking Line.

ABB’s scope of supply covers electrical power generation and distribution systems and bow thruster motors. The Azipod XO units are designed to match the ship’s DNV GL 1A Super ice class notation.

Viking Line has stated that its contract with Xiamen includes an option to build a second cruise ferry at the yard.

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