29 August 2011

Silja Europa in Turku, 9 August 2011

Silja Europa

IMO 8919805
Built 1993, Meyer Werft, Germany
Tonnage 59 912 GT
Length 201,78 m
Width 32,60 m
Draught 6,80 m
Ice class 1 A Super
3 123 passengers
3 696 berths
350 cars
932 lane metres
4 MAN diesels, combined 31 800 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
1 stern thruster
Speed 22 knots

For a history of the Silja Europa, see this previous entry on her.

The photographs below show the Silja Europa arriving and berthed in Turku harbour on the evening if 9 August 2011. The first two images have been taken from the bridge connecting the mainland to Ruissalo island, while the last one has been taken from Ruissalo itself. Click on the individual images to see them in larger size.

This Finnish expression just doesn't translate: Ihan puun takaa tuli toi laiva!
Not the ideal spot to photograph from (I had not properly checked at what time the ship came in and was therefore delayed), but I have to admit the resulting image is in fact very, very neat.
Moored in Turku harbour. For such a big, bulky ship the Silja Europa carries her size well. Whoever designed her did a very fine job on the exterior.

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