Viking XPRS Returns to Helsinki-Tallinn Route

Finnish ferry company Viking Line has returned the 2008-built M/S Viking XPRS to Helsinki-Tallinn route after the vessel underwent drydocking.

During its drydocking, the vessel was equipped with a new type of propeller that under normal conditions can run on two instead of three main engines, according to Viking Line.

With the new type of propeller, the company said it can reduce fuel consumption.

Featuring a length of 185 meters and a width of 27.7 meters, the M/S Viking XPRS is able to accommodate 2,500 passengers.

In recent years, Viking Line carried out major investments to renovate its fleet.

Last year, the M/S Gabriella and M/S Amorella were renovated, while in 2015 the M/S Mariella underwent refurbishment.

Viking Line has a fleet of seven ferries which are deployed on the Finland-Sweden and Finland-Estonia routes.

Earlier this month, the company inked an agreement with compatriot provider of auxiliary wind propulsion systems Norsepower Oy to equip one of its ships, the M/S Viking, with Rotor Sail Solution. The project is said to be the first modern auxiliary wind propulsion technology installation onboard a ferry.

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