Viking Glory will dock in port using vacuum technology. The new automated mooring system that is installed at the Port of Turku will save both time and fuel. And once again, the maritime environment is the biggest winner.
Forget hawsers and human muscle power. Automated mooring, or auto-mooring, is not just safer but also faster in the actual mooring process. As a result, the vessel’s speed and the amount of time the main engines need to be used for harbour manoeuvres can be reduced, which saves fuel and cuts emissions. Viking Glory, along with Viking Grace, will be ready to use this auto-mooring system from day one. The system is part of the Finnish-Swedish NextGen Link project for sustainable maritime travel, a project coordinated by the Port of Turku with EU financial support.
Viking Glory opens the seaway towards future. Our flagship is the first of its kind to deploy ABB’s Azipod® propulsion, which now has been installed. Its innovative technology cuts down emissions.
Azipod® differs from a traditional shaft line propulsion system in two ways: its electric motor is placed in a pod, outside the vessel, and the Azipod® unit can be turned 360 degrees. With increased maneuverability and efficiency, the ship’s speed can be reduced while keeping the schedule. This lowers carbon dioxide emissions approximately 10 000 tons per year, which corresponds the amount 2 200 passenger cars produce yearly. Azipod® also minimizes vibrations and noise making travelling more comfortable. Tomorrow’s sea experience is more sustainable and passenger friendly!
When Viking Glory embarks on its maiden voyage in 2021, the vessel will be powered with help of six highly efficient 31DF multi-fuel engines and numerous smart systems from the Finnish technology group Wärtsilä – with a minimal environmental footprint as a result.
Wärtsilä’s multi-fuel engines mainly use liquefied natural gas (LNG) and are already installed today on Viking Grace. Now a new milestone has been achieved as Viking Glory becomes the first vessel in the world to be equipped with the company’s new 31DF engines. The combination of high efficiency, record-low fuel consumption and reduced emissions is expected to produce low operating costs and a minimal environmental footprint. Wärtsilä will also equip Viking Glory with its navigation system as well as a number of other advances that will reduce the vessel’s environmental impact.
Viking Glory will be the first vessel in the world to be equipped with steam turbines from the Swedish clean tech company Climeon. Combined with Climeon’s Heat Power system, they are expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 4,000 tonnes a year.
Good news from the environmental front! To further reduce our climate impact, we have had the Swedish company Climeon develop two specially-designed steam turbines for Viking Glory. As a result, waste heat from the gases produced in the engines’ combustion process is captured and in the next phase used to generate electricity using Climeon’s Heat Power modules. These innovations are estimated to supply up to 40% of the electricity needed for passenger functions and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 4,000 tonnes a year.