04 May 2011

Silja Symphony, 29 April 2011

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
Draught 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 once again passing through the Kustaanmiekka strait, en-route to Stockholm on 29 April 2011. Click on the individual images to view full size.

The Finnish spring is short, cold and brown. Although actually this particular day was fairly warm, even if trees were not yet in bloom.
Notice the small logos on the hull: Silja Line is both the official seacarrier of the Moomin and the official seacarrier of Santa Claus (even if Viking Line would have a more suitable colour scheme). Before Tallink took over the company, the Santa Claus logos were only on the ships around Christmas, but Tallink have decided to keep them there all year round.
The funnel symbol obscured by the sun.
The warm spring day wasn't enough to lure tourists to the ramparts, even though the ferry to Suomenlinna was surprisingly full with a fair number of people speaking non-local languages.

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