The new Viking Line ferry Viking Glory sails under the Finnish flag
Viking Line‘s new flagship, the Viking Glory, which will enter service on the Stockholm-Åland-Åbo (Turku) ferry in early 2022, will sail under the Finnish flag. Viking Line, Finland’s largest maritime employer, is thus expanding its fleet with another ship under the Finnish flag.
Recruitment of ship personnel
Viking Line is Finland’s largest maritime employer, employing almost 2,400 people. Of the seven ships in the fleet, five currently sail under the Finnish flag. The cruise ship Viking Cinderella sails under the Swedish flag, while the Viking XPRS sails under the Estonian flag. Recruitment for the new vessel Viking Glory will begin in due course, with staff initially being recruited from the company’s other ships.
“During these pandemics, the cooperation with the Finnish authorities and the Finnish seafarers’ organisations has worked well. We see great advantages in having the same flag on both ships of the Turku Line. The Viking Glory will replace the Finnish-flagged Amorella. As the delivery of the Viking Glory is not expected to lead to lay-offs, it is only natural to continue sailing under the Finnish flag. With this decision, we trust in the continuity of the Finnish shipping policy, so that our operating conditions will be maintained and we will not be forced to reconsider the decisions on the ships’ flags,” says Jan Hanses, CEO of Viking Line.
Climate smart ship with innovative Nordic design
Viking Glory embodies Viking Line’s belief in a bright future for travel on the Baltic Sea. The key words are sustainability, energy efficiency and an innovative Nordic design. Viking Glory is the result of solid cooperation with Nordic partners whose expertise and know-how have contributed to the development of environmentally friendly details and an innovative interior design. Energy optimisation and environmentally friendly solutions have been central throughout the project. The new Viking Glory is larger than her predecessor and environmental pioneer Viking Grace, but is still expected to consume around ten percent less fuel, making her one of the most energy-efficient ships in the world.
Viking Glory data
- Delivered by the end of 2021
- Expected start of operation: early 2022 on the Stockholm-Åland-Åbo (Turku) route
- Passenger capacity: 2,800 passengers
- Cabins: 922
- Crew: approx. 150 + 150 persons
- Length: 222.6 metres
- Gross tonnage: 63,813 tonnes
- Freight capacity: 1,500 metres
- Class: Ice class 1 A Super
- Fuel: LNG, liquefied natural gas
- Built at Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co, Ltd in China
- Partners: Wärtsilä, ABB Marine, Kone, Almaco, Koncept, Climeon, Evac, Projektia, Pointman, Deltamarin and others.