As a result of the Finnish government’s decision on May 4, 2020 to gradually ease some of the restrictions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus, starting May 14 Viking Line will open up passenger service again for essential traffic.
Viking Line realized a keel laying ceremony for its new cruise ship ‘Viking Glory’ on 3 June, at the Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry shipyard in China. The ship, expected to operate in Baltic, is equipped with wind-power driven rotors and environmentally friendly engines.
Viking Cruises and China Merchants Shekou, representing China Merchants Group, signed a memorandum of understanding in light of a joint venture focused on building a cruise line for the Chinese cruise market. This collaboration will cover the sectors beginning from development, to sales and marketing.
Viking River Cruises informed that it will not allow passengers who are under the age of 18 to book with the company. Namely, Viking said that it does not have its facilities on the ships for passengers under 18, while many guests had noted that they prefer an environment without children.
LR approved the structure and the risk-assessment related to the installation of a rotor sail on the LNG-fuelled Viking Grace, in line with its Guidance Notes for Flettner Rotor Approval. The approvals aim to ensure that the rotor would not have a negative impact on the safe operation of the ship or the safety of the crew.
The M/S Viking Grace will start her first voyage as the only passenger ship in the world equipped with a Rotor Sail to use wind power for propulsion. Rotol Sail is developed by the Finnish clean technology and engineering company Norsepower Oy, and can reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by up to 900 tonnes annually.
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