Stena Line names STENA ESTELLE in Gdynia

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  • On 3 September 2022, a ceremony was held to name the Stena Line E-Flexer STENA ESTELLE.
  • Champagne was broken on the side of the Stena Estelle ferry by the Deputy Mayor of Gdynia for Economy, Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, the ship’s godmother.
  • The ropax serves the Gdynia-Karlskrona line.
  • STENA ESTELLE is one of the largest ferries in the Baltic Sea. It is 240 metres long, offers space for 1,200 people and can accommodate up to 200 trucks on 3,600 metres of car decks.
  • It is energy efficient thanks to its optimised design. It can be converted to run on gas, allowing fuel to be changed to methanol or LNG.
  • During port calls, it can use shore power. A connection to the electric grid will enable future conversion to a battery hybrid system.

Godmother Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychala and Captain Wojciech Jurgas

CEO Niclas Martensson hands over steering wheel to Captain Wojciech Jurgas

La Méridionale is the first shipping company to add a particle filter on their ferry PIANA

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  • SOLVAir Marine team facilitated the joint collaboration of three partners: Solvay, Andritz and La Méridionale.
  • The result of this collaboration is the installation of the world’s first dry exhaust gas treatment system on the vessel PIANA.
  • With its 30 years’ experience, Solvay brought technical support during the engineering, construction and operation phases, with a specific focus on the injection of dry sorbent; Solvay also supplied the sodium-based sorbent and safely managed the residues.
  • Andritz designed, built, and delivered the equipment, integrated on the vessel under La Méridionale’s responsibility.
  • PIANA is the first vessel running SOLVAir Marine Solution.
  • SOLVAir Marine teams, Andritz representatives and La Méridionale have run a trial of 6 months to test the efficiency of the solution on vessels running on High Sulphur Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) engines.

Record summer for Viking Line on its Turku-Mariehamn-Stockholm route

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  • All-time passenger record on the Turku-Mariehamn-Stockholm route: 740,000 people travelled with VIKING GLORY and VIKING GRACE between June and August.
  • New VIKING GLORY has attracted a larger share of younger adults, who in many cases are taking a ‘cruise’ for the first time.
  • Younger adults are attracted by the food and the luxurious spa and massage treatments – which have also been fully booked on many departures.
  • A total of nearly 2 million passengers sailed on all of Viking Line’s vessels during the three summer months.
  • The destination cruises with VIKING CINDERELLA and GABRIELLA to Visby, Bornholm, Ystad and Sweden’s High Coast, among other places, were also popular this past summer, and a number of departures were fully booked.
  • Service between Helsinki and Stockholm has also started to take off post-pandemic, with people showing a strong interest in experiencing the