29 December 2011

Viking XPRS in Helsinki, 4 September 2011

Viking XPRS

IMO 9375654
Built 2008, Aker Yards Helsinki, Finland
Tonnage 35 778 GT
Length 186,71 m
Width 27,70 m
Draugth 6,75 m
Ice class 1A Super
2 500 passengers
732 berths
230 cars
1 000 lanemeters
4 Wärtsilä diesels, combined 40 000 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
1 stern thruster
Speed 25 knot

I noticed recently that I had only posted one entry featuring the Viking XPRS during entirety of 2011. This simply does not do for the stylish ship and hence, as what is (probably) the last entry for 2011, here are some images of the Viking XPRS arriving in, and moored at, Helsinki in the evening of 4 September 2011. The first bunch is taken from Kustaanmiekka, the second from onboard one of the ferries to Suomenlinna (probably Tor). Click on the images to see them in larger size (presuming that Picasa doesn't come up with something stupid again, that is).

Inbound to Kustaanmiekka. photographing the ship in acceptable lighting conditions was possible due the day being a Sunday, when the ship comes back from Tallinn earlier than on other days.
Kustaanmiekka in the foreground.
More Kustaanmiekkaing.
And on the... does this area between the Kustaanmiekka strait and Kruunuvuorenselkä actually have a name of it's own?
Dat ass.
At quay later, with the setting sun that always looks good.
Sunset XPRS from the other direction. God, I miss summer. And we haven't even had a proper winter yet.
The funnel symbol on the bow is painted on.  Previously the ship had a separe shield with the symbol, but it was torn away and seems to have been replaced with a cheaper solution. Then again, paint is more difficult to tear away.

Finally, an update on this display size problem: All entries for July and August 2010 have now been fixed, as have all entries featuring Viking XPRS. In other words, over half of the 114 affected entries have now been rectified. I will fix the remaining ones as time and energy permits.

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