The world’s most ecologically sound cruise ferry is being built for Viking Lines, it was recently announced by the firm. The ferry, being built by STX shipbuilders out of Finland, will be the environmentally friendliest of its kind. The two have just signed an initial deal that also makes an accommodation for Viking to purchase a sister ship.
The ferry is projected to cost well over 200 million Euros and be delivered in 2013. The goal is to utilize Liquid Natural Gas as fuel, eliminate marine emissions altogether, and produce very few aerial emissions.
Its construction will utilize technology to reduce wave forming and noise. The ferry will be specifically designed for shallow water navigation, as in the archipelago environment.
The ferry will be around 200 metres long and its weight will reach somewhere around 55,000 tons. It will have over 800 cabins and hold nearly 3000 passengers and around 200 crew. There will be a lane for trucks, a drive on car deck and hoistable car decks as well.
The deal now hinges upon state environmental aid, which Ministry of Transport officials state has not yet been promised. It is also noted that European Union permission will be required.