Today construction begins on Viking Line’s new passenger vessel NB 1376 at the STX Finland shipyard in Turku. The vessel, which represents a completely new generation of ferries, will be fuelled by liquid natural gas (LNG).
The planning process has placed great importance not only on environmentally friendly solutions, such as LNG and electrical propulsion, but also on new innovative passenger experiences related to product and service concepts as well as fresh design thinking. The newbuilding project has been preceded by several years of planning and research work.
Modern new design
Last spring, the Finnish interior architecture office dSign Vertti Kivi & Co was selected to handle the interior design of Viking Line’s newbuilding. The choice of this office was based on its track record in public design and its vision of how the cruise vessel of the future should look. The office has been assigned to handle the interior design of all twelve public areas on the vessel: walkways and entrances, restaurants and shops, children’s play areas and club premises. NB 1376 will offer innovative, inspiring and exciting experiences.
“It is gratifying to be able to launch a completely new, unique vessel concept with alluring and exciting solutions. This vessel represents a new generation of ferries, and we hope to able to attract new categories of customers with this concept,” says Mikael Backman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viking Line.
Delivery in January 2013
The vessel will serve the