MS Viking Grace
|Port of registry:||Mariehamn, Finland|
|Ordered:||22 December 2010|
|Builder:||STX Europe Turku Shipyard, Finland|
|Cost:||240 million euro (estimate)|
|Laid down:||6 March 2012|
|Launched:||10 August 2012|
|Completed:||10 January 2013 |
|Maiden voyage:||13 January 2013|
|Identification:||IMO number: 9606900Call sign: OJPQ MMSI number: 230629000|
|Length:||218 m (715 ft 3 in)|
|Beam:||31.8 m (104 ft 4 in)|
|Ice class:||1A Super|
|Installed power:||4 × Wärtsilä 8L50DF (4 × 7,600 kW)|
|Propulsion:||Diesel-electricTwo shafts, fixed pitch propellers|
|Speed:||22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)|
|Capacity:||2,800 passengers1,275 lane meters for ro-ro cargo1,000 lane meters for cars|
MS Viking Grace is a cruiseferry constructed at STX Europe Turku Shipyard, Finland for the Finland-based ferry company Viking Line. The ship was delivered to her owners on 10 January 2013, and took service on 13 January 2013. It is the first large scale passenger ferry to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) as well as being fitted with a rotor sail.
Construction on the ship started on 28 November 2011. On 17 February 2012, the ship's name was revealed as Viking Grace.
The ferry MS Viking Grace has length of 218 m (715 ft 3 in), beam of 31.8 m (104 ft 4 in) and maximum summer draft of 6.80 m (22 ft 4 in). The ship has deadweight of 6,107 DWT and gross tonnage of 57,565 GT, which gives maximum passenger capacity for 2,800 people. The vessel has 880 rooms, restaurants, bars, spa and shopping centers. Also on board of MS Viking Grace there are 1,000 m for cars and 1,275 m for storage of Ro-Ro cargo.
The ferry MS Viking Grace is a modern and high-tech vessel, which is driven by four diesel/gas electric engines Wartsila 8L50DF, each with power of 10,100 HP. MS Viking Grace is the first passenger ship which is LNG powered for higher efficiency and lower fuel consumption. The ferry is also the first ship that has been fitted with a rotor sail, which allows for hybrid usage of LNG and wind power. The new technology is called Rotor Sail Solution and it is developed by a Finnish company called Norsepower. It has proved its economic efficiency by allowing a fuel savings of up to 20% in favourable wind conditions.
The rotor cylinder has a height of 24.00 m and a width of 4.00 m. During operation, the cylinder rotates and receives power from the airflow. Such propulsion was developed and patented by the German engineer Anton Flettner in 1922.
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