W a r t s i l a To Build 2 , 2 0 0 - P a s s e n g e r Cruise Ferry
Wartsila Marine Industries, Inc. has signed a contract with Rederi AB Slite, one of the joint owners of Viking Line, to deliver a cruise ferry in the spring of 1990. The vessel, a sister ship to a ferry ordered last February, will be capable of carrying 2,200 passengers and 475 cars or 62 trailers on her scheduled route between Finland and Sweden.
Rederi AB Slite and Wartsila Marine have worked in close cooperation to ensure that the new vessel will meet or exceed future standards for capacity and quality. There will be 665 cabins, the same as the M/S Olympia, the world's largest car/ passenger ferry, which was built by Wartsila. She will be 574 feet long. The new cruise ferry will feature a large dining room, buffet-style restaurant, a la carte restaurant, disco, several bars, saunas, playrooms, duty-free stores and nurseries.
The vessel will be equipped with four medium-speed Wartsila-Sulzer 9ZAL40S engines rated at 6,000 kw each. She will be able to reach speeds of 21.5 knots. The engines will be connected to two controllable- pitch propellers through reduction gears. Four Wartsila-Vasa diesel generators will supply 9,000 kw of electricity. Each engine will have its own exhaust boiler and separate cooling systems.
The hull form of the new cruise ferry has been specially designed to minimize wave and suction effects, which is extremely important when the vessels will navigate in the narrow fairways of the archipelago. Fin stabilizers and tanks for controlling trim and heeling reduce sea motion. For free literature on the shipbuilding and ship-repairing capabilities of Wartsila Marine,