Viking Line reveals new vessel design

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Koncept Stockholm to design LNG ship’s interiors
Viking Line has ordered a new passenger vessel, with delivery expected in 2020, and more details have been revealed about the design.
It has been disclosed that the new ship, which will sail between Turku in Finland via Åland to Stockholm, will have interiors designed by the Swedish architects Koncept Stockholm, which recently created the interiors of the Stockholm hotel Haymarket by Scandic.
Viking Line says it is also pioneering environmental advances in the Baltic Sea, with the next vessel powered by natural gas.
In 2013, the world’s first large passenger vessel powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) made its debut, in the form of Viking Grace. Since then, the company has been planning for the next LNG vessel, the objective being to further reduce its environmental impact.
Speaking about the interior design, Jan Hanses, president and chief executive officer of Viking Line, said: “The choice was between a number of highly respected architecture firms, and Koncept Stockholm stood out with its attractive combination of Scandinavian simplicity and playfulness.”
He added: “It is also important to Viking Line that the architects contribute to an appealing travel experience that works for cruise passengers, families with children, conference guests and the substantial cargo traffic between the two countries. This is a challenge that we foresee Koncept Stockholm handling with a sense of flair and great skill.
“We have also taken into consideration our international guests, who perhaps have never before experienced archipelago scenery like ours, by taking a further step in prioritising views of the sea and archipelagos.”
The new vessel will be 218 metres in length and weigh 63,000 tonnes and have capacity for 2,800 passengers. The ship is being built by Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd in China and is a collaborative project in which the plan is to engage a number of Finnish and other European contractors.
TTG Nordic

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