02 October 2014

Silja Symphony in Helsinki, 7 October 2013

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

At the time of writing the Silja Symphony is in the Turku Ship Repair Yard in Naantali, Finland, undergoing a refit where her interiors will be given a similar refit to what the Silja Serenade recieved in the spring (it seems I haven't bothered putting up images of her refit interiors here. Err... oops). The Silja Symphony will also recieve the new-style Silja Line hull and funnel logos - but with a twist. Originally, the new Silja Line logo featured a heavily simplified seal, that according to the general concensus appeared rather serious (whereas the older design was percieved as "smiling"). The good folks at Tallink Grupp turned this to victory when a smiling variant of the new-style seal was produced for marketing coinciding with the refit of the Silja Serenade. Now, the smiling seal has become the official version, and the Silja Symphony is the first ship to be painted with that version.

The photos below, meanwhile, still show the Silja Symphony with the original (and, I have to say as my own opinion, still the best-looking) Silja Line funnel symbol and hull markings. On this particular occasion, the Silja Symphony skipped one Helsinki-Stockholm return trip for a repair day in Helsinki. This would have meant a chance to photograph both of the sisters in Helsinki simultanuously - had the actual day when they were here together not been so incredibly foggy. But, I was also out the previous evening, lured by the chance of taking night-time photos of the ship in an unusual location.

So, the photograph below shows the Silja Symphony in Helsinki on the evening of 7 October 2013, unusually berthed at Katajanokka. Click on the image to see it in larger size.

I really don't know what to say about this one. A fine photo, even if I may say so myself.

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