M/S Viking GRACE, Viking Line
Vessel: LNG cruise ferry M/S Viking Grace
Owner: Viking Line
Route: Turku, Finland – Stockholm, Sweden
Installation: April 2018, Norsepower Rotor Sail 24x4
M/S Viking Grace is one of the most environmentally friendly cruise ferries in the global maritime industry. With the addition of Norsepower’s technology, the vessel will further reduce its emissions, fuel burn and fuel costs; reducing carbon emissions by circa 900 tonnes annually; equivalent to cutting 300 tons of LNG fuel per year, making it the first-ever global LNG/wind electric propulsion hybrid ship.
During the first year of operation, extensive measurement campaign was conducted on the vessel to confirm the long term fuel saving potential. The work of three independent reasearch parties, ABB, Chalmers University, and NAPA was complimented with Norsepowers own force measurement analysis. As a summary, it was confirmed that the Rotor Sail reduces power consumption between 207-315 kW equalling 231-315 tons of fuel every year, well inline with original target of the project. More detailed information on the campaigns is available here.
"This is a great day for us. As an Åland shipping company, we rely on the sea for our livelihood so it’s of prime importance for us to promote the well-being of the marine environment. We want to pioneer the use of solutions that reduce the environmental load. Based in Finland, Norsepower has developed a world-class mechanical Rotor Sail Solution that will reduce fuel consumption. We are proud of the fact that our Viking Grace will be the first passenger ship in the world to benefit from this innovative solution".
Jan Hanses, CEO,
Viking Line, 11 April 2018,