Cruise Ferry Viking GRACE, Viking Line
Norsepower Oy Ltd has signed an agreement with Finnish shipping company Viking Line to install its Rotor Sail Solution onboard the M/S Viking Grace, an LNG-fuelled cruise ferry. The 57,565 GT M/S Viking Grace currently operates in the archipelago between Turku (Finland) and Stockholm (Sweden), and is already one of the most environmentally-friendly cruise ferries in the global maritime industry. With the addition of Norsepower’s technology, the vessel will further reduce its emissions, fuel burn and fuel costs; reducing carbon emissions by circa 900 tonnes annually; equivalent to cutting 300 tonnes of LNG fuel per year. Preparations for the retrofit are underway, with the installation scheduled to take place during Q2 of 2018. Viking Grace is set to be retrofitted with one medium-sized Norsepower Rotor Sail unit that is 24m in height and 4m in diameter, making it the first-ever global LNG/wind electric propulsion hybrid ship.
Commenting on the technology, Ulf Hagström, Senior Vice President, Marine Operations & Newbuildings, Viking Line, said: “As an organisation that strives to ensure that our fleet operates in an environmentally friendly and economical way, we are proud to be partnering with Norsepower. Our cruise vessel is the first to use a combination of alternative clean fuels, modern Rotor Sails, electric propulsion, and a hydrodynamically optimised hull. We believe in the Rotor Sail Solution technology’s ability to enhance our ship’s performance by enabling significant reductions in fuel burn and costs, as well as carbon emissions.”
Illustration of Viking GRACE with Norsepower Rotor Sail
Vessel data of Viking GRACE
|Length oa||218 m|
|Draught max||6,8 m|
|GT||57 565 ton|
|Cargo lane-meters||1 275 m (cargo) + 1 000 m (cars)|
|Installed power||4 x 7 600 kW|
|Propulsion power||2 x 10 500 kW|
|Service power||6...19 000 kW|
|Service speed||13...21 knots|
|Norsepower Rotor Sail||1 Rotor Sail 24x4 (height 24m, diameter 24m)|
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 738282.