The international cooperation between Viking Line Abp and Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co Ltd (XSI) has resulted in M/S Viking Glory – one of the most advanced hi-tech car- and passengerferries ever built and also one of the most eco-friendly ships ever constructed. Viking Glory is the first car- and passengerferry built in Xiamen, China, and with the input and knowledge from international subcontractors the ship is full of modern technology and state-of-the-art eco-friendly solutions. Amongst the companies that have contributed to this state-of-the-art-ships we have Wärtsilä, ABB Marine & Ports, Deltamarin, architects Koncept, Climeon, Kone, Scenso, ICF Group, TSI and Almaco.
One of many dedicated persons who have worked with this massive project is Liu Xiaoxiao, Project Assistant and translator of this text from English to Mandarin.
During the year of 2021, construction of the climate-smart vessel Viking Glory was completed at the XSI shipyard in Xiamen and on December 23, ownership of the vessel was transferred to Viking Line. Five days later, December 28, the vessel began its journey home to Turku under the command of Captain Ulf Lindroos with a crew of forty. The route – 11.205 nautical miles – proceeded over the Indian Ocean, via the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean and the Strait of Gibraltar, the journey to Turku took almost six weeks. Viking Glory will start it services between Stockholm-Åland-Turku on March 1, 2022.
在2021年12月23日，气候智能船舶维京荣耀号在厦门船舶重工股份有限公司建造完成。5天后，12月28日该船在船长Ulf Lindroos 以及40名船员的带领下启程，开始了返回图尔库的航行。在历时5周，总航程11205海里，途径苏伊士运河、地中海和直布罗陀海峡后抵达目的港图尔库。
”We look forward to welcoming Viking Glory in Turku. The vessel is unique and beautiful – both its interiors and exterior. We already see enormous interest in the vessel, which is gratifying. That gives us faith in the future”, says Jan Hanses, Viking Line’s President and CEO.
Viking Line has its base and heritage in the Åland Islands, an autonomous part of the republic of Finland. Åland and its 30.000 inhabitants celebrate 100 year of selfgovernance this very year. The 9th of June it has passed 100 years since the League of Nations decided that Åland will have a self-governance within the republic of Finland. The year is full of different celebrations and the delivery of Viking Glory comes in handy as one of them.
Viking Line’s history can be traced back to 1959, when a group of sea- and businessmen from the Åland Islands province in Finland formed Rederi Ab Vikinglinjen, purchased a steam-powered car-ferry SS Dinard from the UK, renamed her SS Viking and began service between Sweden-Åland-Finland. Since then hundreds of millions of people have enjoyed the journeys on the Baltic Sea.
维京客轮的历史可以追溯到1959年，当时一群海洋商人在奥兰群岛上建立了Rederi Ab Vikinglinjen，并从英国购回蒸汽动力汽车渡轮，后将其命名为SS Viking, 并开始在瑞典-奥兰群岛-芬兰本岛营运。自此，成千上万的乘客开始了波罗的海的旅程。
“In previous decades, the cruise alone was a luxury. A seat on the deck was more than enough, and people bought duty-free bottles of spirits as gifts through a kiosk window. On board the new Viking Glory, to satisfy customers’ requests, for example, we’ve built the first gym and yoga room on the Baltic Sea. That shows how maritime travel has changed. In particular, many passengers who travel frequently with us would rather work out than party”, says Viking Glory’s intendant, Stig Pernell, who has more than 40 years’ experience on Viking Line’s vessels.
Passenger expectations of maritime travel and leisure activities have been elevated with each decade – and every new Viking Line vessel has raised the bar even higher by offering the most sensational experiences of their era. The launch of the world’s largest passenger and car ferry, Mariella, in 1985 was a major event. A new feature then was that all 2.500 passengers had their own cabin berths and could choose from a number of different restaurants.
When the first passengers climb aboard Viking Line’s flagship Viking Glory in March, they’ll encounter experiences unlike any other – everything from a slowly rotating VIP venue with unparalleled views to the Baltic Sea’s first yoga room and gym. Viking Line’s vessels have always offered surprises: Apollo opened the first duty-free shop, Turella introduced a disco under the car deck and Mariella had cabin berths for every passenger in the glittery 1980s.
“I remember how people marvelled at Mariella’s elegant interiors. In particular, the spacious entrance with its three-storey light shaft and impressive copper light fixtures made visitors catch their breath. In contrast, Viking Glory’s interiors are dominated by the archipelago and the sea, which are visible from all parts of the vessel”, says Stig Pernell.
我还记得人们是如何称赞玛丽拉号上的豪华内饰，特别是，宽敞的入口处有三层的采光井和炫目的灯饰，让乘客们印象深刻 。Stig Pernell说，与它相比，荣耀号的内饰就更加巧夺天工了。
Viking Glory has no cabins below Deck 5. Double beds with thick Finnish spring mattresses are also available in many of the Standard cabins. People who truly want to enjoy life can book a designer suite with a fantastic sea view, even from the jacuzzi.
The nightlife on board Viking Glory will take place not in some dark den but in the vessel’s panoramic restaurant, Vista Room. The venue also transforms into a perfect location to enjoy international top-quality shows as well as local artists.
On Viking Line’s first vessels, self-taught pantry and catering chefs from Åland were in charge of the smörgåsbord. Among the foods served in the buffet were roast beef, a variety of salads and cold fish dishes. In the 1980s and 1990s, Italian- and Asian-themed weeks were especially popular.
One new restaurant experience on Viking Glory is the Market, a kind of marketplace where each and every passenger can choose their favourite from the different stalls. The vessel’s special feature is the rotating private restaurant Fyren, which can be booked for small dinner parties or drinks receptions.
In the colourful 1970s, the youngest passengers drove ride-on cars around the playroom, surrounded by the international Finnish brand Marimekko fabrics. That’s when the ball pits were also introduced. The ship’s cat, Ville Viking, has lived on Viking Line’s vessels since the 1980s. Naturally, the ball pit and the company’s well-known mascot are also on Viking Glory. Along with a playroom, the new vessel has spaces for young people as well, including a climbing wall.
The new Viking Glory will usher in a new era of well-being on the Baltic Sea. For the first time, passengers will be able to do yoga and work out in the vessel’s Archipelago Spa & Wellness facilities in the middle of the world’s most beautiful archipelago setting.
“Expectations for sea travel are changing – the best time for many is watching the sea in peace and quiet”, says Viking Glory’s launch manager, Lotta Lindroos.
Duty-free items were initially sold in kiosks on board the vessels. At first, the range of goods for sale consisted only of alcohol and tobacco products, with sweets and fragrances later included. The first duty-free shop opened in 1970 on board Apollo. It was a novelty then for customers to be able to select their items from the shelf.
Viking Glory’s spacious Shopping World has a wide range of items on offer, with everything from quality wines to cosmetics, apparel and jewellery.
“It’s no longer enough to have spirits, tobacco and sweets, which people stockpiled in the past. Along with those items, customers want to shop for clothes, cosmetics and quality wines”, says Stig Pernell.
In the 1960s, beautiful summer days were spent in folding deck chairs – but when it was cold or bad weather, no one wanted to be on the sun deck. Viking Glory’s Viking Terrace is a combination of rooftop restaurant and outdoor dining area, and the first of its kind on the Baltic Sea. Thanks to glazing and infrared heating, Viking Terrace has a summer season that runs from early spring to late autumn. Breakfast and grilled dishes are served here and in the evening music is also featured.
The Archipelago Spa & Wellness section on Viking Glory includes new features, such as the Baltic Sea’s first gym, virtually instructed workouts and a yoga studio with panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows.
Passengers can choose their favourite workout from among 21 options: from relaxing yoga, fast-paced dance workouts and varied exercise sessions to rejuvenating stretching and Pilates classes – all in three languages, Swedish, Finnish and English. The sessions have been planned in partnership with Esport, the biggest indoor exercise centre in the Nordic region, and are booked on board the vessel.
“For many people, exercise is an important part of wellness that they do not want to skip on their sea journey. Companies are increasingly interested in exercise services as part of the programme for their conference cruises. The Spa & Wellness section is available to groups that want to spend time together as well as regular passengers who want to take advantage of the chance to work out at the gym,” says Lotta Lindroos.
“Just like before, passengers want a luxurious sailing experience – but luxury has become a more multifaceted concept. For a growing number of people, that entails peace and quiet, sleep, exercise and relaxing spa treatments. We clearly see this trend both in our day-to-day work and in our surveys”, notes Lindroos.
The Spa & Wellness section on Viking Glory’s Deck 11 also raises the spa experience to a new level. One new feature is that couples or friends can book a shared massage or treatment. Archipelago Spa & Wellness uses luxurious products from Babor for its treatments.
在荣耀号11层甲板上，SPA体验提升到了新境界。Archipelago SPA使用的是Babor的豪华产品 。此外，情侣或者朋友也可以预定双人按摩服务。
Spa visitors can also enjoy a sauna with panoramic views, two regular saunas and one steam sauna, cool down in a snow cave and choose from three different hot tubs, one of which has trendy loungers. There is also a shop in the spa facilities that sells beauty products, workout clothes, swimsuits and other wellness products. Refreshing beverages, smoothies and healthy snacks are served in the spa bar.
水疗顾客还可以享受全景桑拿 。有普通桑拿，蒸汽桑拿和雪洞供选择。在水疗中心还配有商店，出售美容产品， 运动服饰、泳衣及其他保健产品。同时SPA区域还有提供饮料、冰沙和零食。
“The sea is seen from everywhere in the spa section, and nothing blocks the amazing views. The nature in the archipelago that surrounds you, the timelessness and simple elegance are also reflected in the spa’s interior furnishings,” adds Lotta Lindroos.
Viking Glory, which will depart each morning from Turku for Stockholm, offers innovations in both environmental technology and the passenger experience. The vessel can handle 2.800 passengers and will have a total of six different restaurants based on passengers’ preferences and needs. The interiors of Viking Glory are being furnished in partnership with the Swedish architect firm Koncept, with the underlying theme being to open up the unique Baltic Sea environment to everyone on board.
“Fyren is perhaps Viking Line’s most spectacular venue ever. Small parties can enjoy world-class food here, which has the vessel’s best vantage point. It will have an extraordinary 220-degree view of the salt-sprayed rocks and islets – and absolutely nothing that blocks the view”, says Lotta Lindroos.
Fyren can be booked for a maximum of 12 seated guests for breakfast or dinner. If someone instead wants to arrange a social event for more people, like a luxurious cocktail party, up to 26 guests can be accommodated. It is also possible to book food and beverage packages such as Scandinavian Afternoon Tea Break, Fyren Champagne Break and Fyren Seafood Break.
The archipelago oasis Kobba is a quality Nordic bistro restaurant that combines clean Scandinavian flavours with archipelago views and a down-to-earth setting. In the morning, the vessel’s premium breakfast is served here, while dinners feature well-prepared dishes with a hint of the forest, sea and archipelago. At other times, anyone with a bit of an appetite can order snacks and small dishes in Kobba Bar.
Kobba是一个具有北欧风格的餐厅，融合了斯堪的纳维亚风格，有着群岛的自然景观，带着一丝森林和海洋气息 。清晨，船上的特色早餐在这里供应， 晚餐以精心准备的菜肴为特色。其它时间，乘客也可以在Kobba酒吧单点零食和小吃。
Other restaurants on Viking Glory are the classic buffet, the Market food hall with various concepts ranging from pizza to Scandinavian home cooking, and the casual restaurant Mimmi’s. During the warmer half of the year, passengers can also enjoy meals at Viking Terrace, Glory’s own rooftop terrace.
Viking Glory sails under a Finnish flag, and the route from Xiamen to Turku included many of the world’s best-known waterways. After stopping in Singapore for bunkering Viking Glory crossed the Strait of Malacca and sailed to the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal and after passing Gibraltar headed north and reached the Baltic Sea via the Danish straits.
The vessel’s cruising speed is an average of 16 knots, and the journey took nearly six weeks.
“Glory’s journey home från Xiamen was an exciting, special task that required meticulous planning and special arrangements. Over the course of the journey, the vessel encountered a variety of weather conditions and the long journey was also challenging in other ways. But we have experienced people on board with us who have sailed the seven seas, so we was able to identify potential risks and drew up action plans with different situations in mind. Safety and financial considerations provided the framework for our route planning,” says Viking Glory’s captain, Ulf Lindroos.
“It has been fantastic to be part of this unique project. My head is still full of so many thoughts that I think, over time, the experience will feel even more special and wonderful. What I can say right now is that nothing surpassed the joy of arriving in our home port.”
Before leaving Xiamen for the long journey homebound captain Ulf Lindroos emphasixed the great interest in joining the trip:
“We have eagerly waited to take Viking Glory home. The most eager of us already had our bags packed several weeks before the departure and brought our things to the shipyard for storage. There were also people interested in sailing with us, but we could not take them on board since we will work on building and finishing things during the course of the journey as well.”
One of the many highlights during the journey was the passage through the Suez Canal which links the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea, captain Lindroos emphasizes:
”On Thursday, 20 January, we traversed through the Suez Canal and continued our journey from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean. Travelling through the Suez Canal was truly one of the highlights of this trip, and, with the help of our international partners, everything went smoothly.”
Viking Glory was launched in January 2021 and before departure the vessel had completed two demanding sea trials, to make sure the vessel’s systems function under actual conditions.
The first sea trial in June included a test run of ABB’s Azipod propulsion system, testing of the vessel’s manoeuvrability and confirmation that the lifeboats and fire alarm system work.
The second sea trial included checks of all machinery systems with focus on endurance. At the same time, the vessel’s noise and vibration levels were tested.
The Project Manager, mr. Kari Shao, was pleased afterwards:
“Viking Glory will have six Wärtsilä 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 (550kW/cylinder).”
The new ship is full of technical and digital innovations, for example it can recover the waste cold from the LNG utilisation and recycle it for the 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”, Kari Shao explains.
The ships propulsion consists of ABBs patented Azipod-system.
Kari Shao 解释道：目前，废热量回收利用已经很普遍了，但是回收废冷气再利用到冷藏设备和冷库却是一项创新技术。有着高效的气候环保理念，维京航线致力于发展的目光，协同 Wartsila, Projektia 和 Deltamarin一起改进并应用了此项技术。与此同时，这艘船还配备了ABB提供的吊舱推进系统。
Viking Glory 维京荣耀号
- 3/2016 A letter of intent is signed with the Chinese shipyard XSI. 与厦门船舶重工签订建造意向书。
- 8/2018 Construction on the vessel begins in Xiamen. 开工建造
- 5/2019 In a public vote, “Viking Glory” is chosen as the name of the new vessel. 公投确定了”维京荣耀号”为船名
- 6/2019 The keel-laying ceremony at the shipyard. 铺龙骨
- 1/2021 Viking Glory is launched. 下水
- 6/2021 The vessel passes its first sea trial. 首次海试成功
- 11/2021 The vessel passes its second sea trial. 二次海试成功
- 12/2021 Viking Glory starts its journey home to Turku. 启航图尔库
- 3/2022 The vessel launches service on the Turku–Mariehamn–Stockholm route. 运营航线图尔库-玛丽港-斯德哥尔摩
Technical information 技术参数
- Length: 222,55 m.
- 船长 ：222,55 m.
- Width: 35 m.
- 船宽: 35 m.
- Cruising Speed: 22,1 knots.
- 航速：22,1 knots.
- GT: 65.211.
- 总吨位: 65211吨
- Route: Turku-Mariehamn/Långnäs-Stockholm.
- Class: DNV.
- Flag state: Finland.
- 船籍国 ：芬兰
- Passenger capacity: 2.800.
- Cabins: 922.
- Lane meters: Freight 1.500 m, 464 passenger cars on deck 3 and 4, and 120 passenger cars on deck 5.
- 车道总长1500米， 3甲板和4甲板可载464辆车，5甲板可载120辆车。