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


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Finnish Flag For New VIKING GLORY

Viking Line’s new flagship, VIKING GLORY, which will launch service in early 2022 on the Turku–Åland–Stockholm route, will have a Finnish flag.

Recruitment work for the new vessel will begin soon, and recruitment will begin first among staff employed on the company’s other vessels.

T&T Express –Under Tow– Sinks En Route To Spain

The high speed catamaran T&T Express (IMO: 9172076) which was sold and en route from the Caribbean to its new owners in Spain, has reportedly sunk.

The Incat 046 sank 800 miles off the Azores while being towed to the other side of the Atlantic.

She had been acquired from Trinidad & Tobago by Transmapi, for the ferry services between Ibiza and Formentera.

CV Interilhas Acquires A Small Ferry From The MailBoat Company

CV Interilhas operates ferries between the Cape Verde islands. They have acquired FIESTA MAIL, a small ferry that was operating as “the Mail Boat” in the Bahamas.

The vessel has crossed the Atlantic and is in Lisbon for a complete overhaul at the Navalrocha shipyards. She is expected in Cape Verde later this month.


More Freight Capacity Between Finland And Sweden With VIKING GLORY

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Cargo capacity on Finnish sea routes will increase when VIKING GLORY enters service in 2021. The vessel will replace AMORELLA and provide about 500 lane metres of additional capacity on the Turku–Stockholm route.

Key figures:

  • 133,000 cargo units on the northern Baltic Sea annually
  • Cargo market share 4% in 2019

The transportation of lorry drivers has been taken into consideration to a greater extent than previously in planning GLORY’s interior. In the quiet part of VIKING GLORY, lorry drivers have their own section, which includes some 70 cabins as well as sauna facilities and a lounge,” says Viking Line’s freight director, Harri Tamminen.


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“Viking Glory Will Be One Of The Most Climate-Smart Passenger Ships In The World”

This is the title of a new website from Viking Line, about their new ferry –VIKING GLORY– under construction in China.

Kudos to Viking Line for the way they present the vessel on their website, and for their investment in advanced green technology.

Some highlights:

  • 10% less fuel consumption
  • First ship in the world to be equipped with six Wärtsilä 31DF dual fuel engines, LNG as main fuel.
  • These engines have the lowest fuel consumption, but at the same time, the highest cylinder output in their segment (550 kW/cylinder).
  • Biogas is possible
  • World first: recover the waste cold from the use of LNG and recycle it for use in cold counters, cold rooms and other special rooms.
  • A Climeon energy recycling system that harnesses and converts waste heat from the engines into electricity. (can generate up to 40% of the electricity required for the passenger functions).
  • Dynamic air conditioning and lighting system will be installed onboard, which will have a direct effect on energy consumption. This system will be controlled by the booking system: if a cabin remains empty at departure, it will be set in a power-saving mode, thereby minimising air-conditioning and heating for that particular cabin.
  • The Azipod propeller system by ABB will save time and fuel in terms of ship manoeuvring. Viking Glory will be the first passenger ship of this kind in the world to utilise this propeller system.