09 October 2016

Viking Grace in Turku, 20 June 2016

Viking Grace

IMO 9606900
Built 2013, STX Europe Turku, Finland
Tonnage 57 700 GT
Length 218,60 m
Width 31,80 m
Draught 6,80 m
Ice class 1 A Super
2 800 passengers
2 876 berths
530 lane metres of cars
1 275 lane metres of cargo
4 Wärtsilä dual fuel (LNG/diesel) engines, combined 30 400 kW
2 fixed-pitch propellers
2 bow thrusters
1 stern thruster
Service speed 21,8 knots
Maximum speed 25,6 knots

I haven't featured too many exterior photos of the Viking Grace here, so now is the time for a change.  This set was taken on the same trip as the shots of the Baltic Princess departing from Turku featured here about two months ago. So, as can be obvious from the previous sentence, the shots here show the Viking Grace departing from Turku on the afternoon of 20 June 2016, photographed from Ruissalo (albeit not the exact same location as on the Baltic Princess shots). As per the usual, click on the images to see them in larger size.

If I ever have the chance to write a book on the history of Viking Line, this could be a potential cover image.
Even after almost four years in service, the Viking Grace's exterior still looks nicely futuristic to my eyes.
The foreground reeds are a nice addition, as always.
She's really surprisingly sleek.
The colours radically changed with the light coming from the other direction.
LNG tanks prominently visible, as always. The soon-to-come Megastar, with the tanks hidden in a more conventional location, will be an interesting comparison.
Kships will return.

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