27 July 2010

Silja Symphony, 27 July 2010

Silja Symphony

IMO 8803769
Built 1991, Kvaerner Masa-Yards Turku New Shipyard, Finland
Tonnage 58 377 GT
Length 203,03 m
Width 31,93 m
Draft 7,12 m
Ice class 1A Super
2 852 passengers
3 001 berths
410 cars
1 600 lane metres
4 Wärtsilä-Vasa diesels, combined 32 580 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
1 stern thruster
Speed 21 knots

Silja Symphony and her older sister Silja Serenade were the first ships in the world to have a multi-deck promenade running along the centerline of the vessel (sometimes referred to as a "horizontal atrium" in the cruise industry). The feature subsequently became a trademark feature of Royal Caribbean International's ships (Color Line's massive cruiseferries Color Fantasy and Color Magic also have promenades).

The construction of the Silja Symphony and her sister was somewhat troubled. The Symphony was ordered by Svea Line (Finland), a subsidiary of the Swedish Johnson Line, while her sister was ordered by the Finland-based Effoa. While the ships were being built, Effoa and Johnson Line merged to form EffJohn, and both ships were eventually built for them. The shipyard originally contracted to build the sister was the Wärtsilä Marine yard in Turku, Finland. However, while the ships were being built the shipyard went bankrupt. Operations were re-organized under the name Masa-Yards (the name being either in honour of the shipyard boss Martin Saarikangas, or an abbreviation of The Most Acceptable Solution Available). EffJohn became a shareholder in Masa-Yards to ensure the delivery of their ships; despite this the price of the ship's rose by a third from what was originally agreed.

The photographs below show the Silja Symphony at Kustaanmiekka strait after departing Helsinki South Harbour. Photographed from the north-eastern shore of Kustaanmiekka, 27 July 2010.

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