Sailings cancelled due to oil leak
The scheduled sailings of the "Viking Grace" between Stockholm and Turk had to be cancelled from the evening of May 21, 2018, to the evening of May 22 due to an oil leakage in the hydraulic system. No spill was reported. Repairs were carried out in Turku. The leak had already been discovered the week before, and as the repair stop had been planned since, passengers could be contacted by Viking Line in advance on May 18. On May 22 at 8 p.m. the ship left Turku again after completion of repairs and arrived in Stocholm on May 24 at 6.30 a.m.
Norsepower Wins WWF 2018 Climate Solver Award
The Viking Grace with Norsepower's Rotor Sail in operation - Norsepower Oy, the leading provider of low-maintenance, software operated wind propulsion systems, is one of five winners of the 2018 WWF Climate Solver Nordic Award — the only shipping company among this year’s winners. The award was given to five organization from Nordic countries who were recognized for their innovative technologies that have the potential to dramatically reduce carbon emissions or increase access to energy around the globe. Norsepower has been honoured as a Nordic Climate Solver for its climate potential to gain further commercial success with wind-assisted propulsion technology for international shipping.
Viking Grace becomes first passenger ship to be powered by wind
Viking Line’s Viking Grace has become the first commercial passenger ship in the world to use wind power, thanks to a new rotor sail solution developed by Finnish company Norsepower. Designed to cut Viking Grace’s fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 900 tonnes annually, Norsepower’s cylindrical rotor sail uses the Magnus effect for propulsion. This means that as the rotor is spinning, the passing air will flow with a lower pressure on one side than on the opposite side. The propulsion force created by this pressure difference will drive the vessel forward. The automated systems will shut down in response to any disadvantageous changes in the direction or force of the wind. Operational since 2013, Viking Grace already operates using LNG fuel and will now also use wind power on her voyages between Turku in Finland and Stockholm in Sweden.Upload News