25 August 2012

Silja Europa off Kobba Klintar, 24 June 2012

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

The Silja Europa, photographed from Kobba Klintar departing Mariehamn on 24 June 2012. Click on the images to see in larger size.

Here you can clearly see how the shade of blue used in the rest of the ship does not match the Silja Line text on the hull. Apparently they did not repaint anything else to match - or they used a different hue for the text by mistake.
Rederi AB Slite - the company who originally ordered this ship - had a very neat common exterior styling during the late 80s and early 90s with the Athena (now Pearl Seaways), Kalypso (now Star Pisces) and Europa. The Europa is bulkier than the previous pair, but has a similar profile that builds up to the funnel. Of course, the older ships did not have that brilliant two-deck high window on the side.
Photographing in the archipelago does sometimes have the problem of islands getting in your way...
...but that's not always a bad thing.

Next time: Amorella

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