Deltamarin, part of AVIC Group has signed contracts with China’s Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry for engineering and construction support services for the Viking Line LNG-fueled ro-pax vessel newbuilding.
The contracts cover basic and detail design as well as comprehensive project management support and supervision services to the shipyard during vessel construction.
Deltamarin said it has developed the new vessel concept together with Viking Line and delivered assistance in the tender and contract phases for the owner.
Commenting on the concept, Deltamarin’s sales manager Nina Savijoki said the new concept is “more energy efficient in relation to cargo capacity than their MS Viking Grace.”
Following the shipbuilding contract confirmation, Deltamarin will continue with the basic and detail design for the yard. It will also support the yard in project management as well as passenger vessel building process requirements and provide supervision services during the production of the newbuilding project.
The value of Deltamarin’s contracts with XSI in total is over €11 million ($12.5 million), and the company expects the project to take 12 months. The supervision and other construction support services will be carried out until planned delivery of the vessel in 2020, Deltamarin said.
The new ro-pax vessel for Viking Line will have a passenger capacity of 2,800 people, and the length of its cargo lanes will be 1,500 meters.
In addition to running on liquefied natural gas (LNG), the vessel will have two 24 m-high rotor sails installed.
It will serve the Finland – Sweden route, connecting Turku, Åland Islands, and Stockholm as part of the European Union’s Motorways of the Seas project.
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