Deltamarin wins Viking Line LNG ro-pax contracts
Viking Line's gas-gulled ro-pax, to be built in Xiamen with support from Deltamarin (photo courtesy of Viking Line)
Naval architect Deltamarin has been selected by Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co (XSI) to provide engineering and construction support in a LNG-fuelled ro-pax newbuilding project for Viking Line.
The contracts cover basic and detail design as well as comprehensive project management support and supervision services to the shipyard. Deltamarin has already developed the new vessel concept with Viking Line and delivered assistance in the tender and contract phases for the owner.
The new 1,500lm ro-pax vessel for Viking Line will have a passenger capacity of 2,800 people. In addition to running on LNG the vessel will have two 24m rotor sails installed. She will serve the Finland-Sweden route connecting Turku, Åland Islands, and Stockholm as part of the European Union’s Motorways of the Seas project.
During concept development, a focus was placed on hull form development, weight control, energy efficiency (including waste heat recovery) and improvement of the general arrangement. Deltamarin says that it succeeded in making the new concept 10% more energy efficient than the operators’ modern reference vessel, Viking Grace.
Nina Savijoki, sales manager, Deltamarin, said: “Viking Line presented us with every concept developer’s dream challenge: to come up with a concept that is even more energy efficient in relation to cargo capacity than their Viking Grace, one of the most energy-efficient and sophisticated ferries on the market.”
Deltamarin’s contracts with XSI are worth more than €11 million combined. The engineering and pre-construction project management support will be carried out mainly at Deltamarin’s offices in Finland over about 12 months. The supervision and other construction support services will be carried out until planned delivery of the vessel in 2020.
Deltamarin has previously worked with XSI in a construction project for the world’s highest capacity pure car truck carrier series for Höegh Autoliners.