STX Finland Secures Cruise Ferry Order

STX Finland has secured a €240m ($314.8m) order from Viking Line to construct an environmentally friendly, new generation cruise ferry, with an option for a sister ship.

Finland-based shipping company Viking Line will operate the 214m cruise ferry between Turku and Stockholm, which will be specially designed to operate in the shallow waters of the Finnish and Swedish archipelago.

Construction of the passenger vessel will start next year at Turku shipyard and will be delivered to Viking Line by early 2013.

The ferry, with a gross tonnage of 57,000, will use LNG as fuel, and has no marine emissions. Its aerial emissions will also be low, with minimised wave forming and noise generation.

The ship is planned to have capacity for 2,800 passengers in its 880 passenger cabins, with 275 lane-metres for trucks and a separate car deck with about 500 lane-metres for passenger cars. There will be additional room for passenger cars on the hoistable car decks.