At the shipyard

It takes time to build a ship that is 222 metres long. You now have a unique opportunity to follow the work at Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry’s shipyard in China from start to finish. Get the latest updates and learn some fun facts, like how many litres of paint it takes to paint Viking Glory in Viking Line’s traditional red and white.

Congratulations, Viking Glory – you passed your sea trial!

The vessel is certainly beautiful as it sails across the open sea for the very first time. After a six-day sea trial, the first of two, the systems on board have now been checked to make sure they function the way they should.

Jun 23, 2021

Today Viking Glory happily returned to its berth at the shipyard after its first voyage on the open sea. Nearly 200 passengers were on board, and the actual reason for the journey was to inspect that all the systems installed function in compliance with strict standards and inspection specifications. Among the features inspected were ABB’s Azipod® propulsion system, the vessel’s manoeuvrability and its emergency equipment, such as lifeboats and fire alarms. When the public areas are all completed, a second sea trial will take place, which will include measuring sound levels and vibrations.

“Viking Glory did really well out at sea. It’s a fantastic experience having it confirmed that everything works as planned after years of hard work. We have now reached an important milestone and can look forward to a final sea trial and the vessel entering into service early next year,” says project manager Kari Granberg.

Viking Glory is launched

From drydock to quay. The new addition to our fleet is now in its right element.

An important milestone has been reached with this launch. Here is what happened when Viking Glory left drydock for a berth at the quay and could move for the first time. A big step for a big ship – we’re now delighted that it will soon be placed in service.

Latest news from the shipyard

Right now, hammers are banging away and work is going full speed at Xiamen's shipyard. Come join us behind the scenes and see one of the most climate-smart ships in the world take shape.

The work at the shipyard is at full speed and progresses every week

Three gentlemen with more knowledge than most people when it comes to shipbuilding

John Clement and Kim Andersson (to the left) work for DNV GL, a specialist in maritime safety and environmental issues, are working closely on the shipyard with Viking Line's project manager Kari Granberg (to the right). In addition to Viking Lines Vikings, many Nordic partners are present at the shipyard.

Technology from Wärtsilä is lifted onboard.

The picture to the left shows Viking Glory's bow thrusters.

On the right, Wärtsilä's 295 square meter LNG tanks are lifted into place. LNG tanks contain liquefied natural gas and are placed inside the ship, unlike the Viking Grace. It was the first LNG-fueled passenger ship, but when Viking Grace was built, there were no regulations yet on how the tanks should be installed inside the ship. That’s why they’re placed on the back deck of Viking Grace.

For a layman, modern shipbuilding can be described as building with Lego bricks. Block after block is first built alongside the shipyard. When the block is complete, it is lifted in to place and eventually forms a complete vessel.

Left picture shows when the production started, and the first piece of steel took shape. To the right you can see a so-called Grand Block that extends all the way from the double bottom up to deck 3.

In January 2020, construction was at this stage.

In the picture you can see Senior Advisor Kaj Jansson and Viking Line CEO Jan Hanses.

Vikings in China

Viking Line sent a team of some twenty employees to the Chinese shipyard to lead the work and ensure quality.

The construction work is being led by Project Manager Kari Granberg, assisted by engineers and team leaders from Finland, Åland and Sweden. Since safety is our first concern, there’s also a dedicated team member who monitors occupational health, safety and environmental issues and ensures that safety requirements are met.

Lucky coins in place

Another important milestone in our new shipbuilding has been reached.

Early in the morning of June 3, a dozen euro coins and Chinese yuan coins in various denominations have been placed under the Viking Glory’s keel during the ancient keel laying ceremony. A process that is intended to bring good fortune to the new vessel, but also symbolizes the vessel’s birth by lifting down the first section into the construction dock.

Building Viking Glory

  • Intention Agreement

    November 23, Viking Line signed an intention agreement with XSI

  • Shipbuilding contract

    April 5, Viking Line signed a shipbuilding contract Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co.

  • Cutting of steel

    September 3, the production started by Viking Line President and CEO Jan Hanses.

  • Name contest

    22 500 suggestions, 10 finalists, 30 000 votes and 1 winner. Viking Glory is the name of Viking Line’s new ship.

  • Keel laying

    June 3, a dozen euro coins and Chinese yuan coins in various denominations have been placed under the Viking Glory’s keel during the ancient keel laying ceremony.

  • Launch of Viking Glory

    The ship was launched January 26th at the XSI Shipyard in Xiamen, China.

Maiden voyage in 2022

Naming contest

It’s not every day you get the opportunity to name a new ship. Our naming contest was a huge success – we received more than 50,000 votes in total!

After the final round, Glory was announced the winner. A perfect choice for the new majesty of the Baltic Sea.

Malika is our winner!

We want to thank everyone in Sweden, Finland and around the world who engaged in the search for a name for our new ship. Of the 22,500 submitted proposals, we selected ten for the final. When the vote was finished, Glory remained as the winner.

A total of 464 people suggested the name Glory, but Malika Djillali-Merzoug in Stockholm was the fastest. Only a short while after the competition was opened early in the morning of April 3, she had already submitted her contribution. According to the competition rules, it is therefore Malika who wins first prize in Viking Line's name competition 2019.