Ferry Business - Autumn/Winter 2017

83 used more environmentally sustainable technology and onboard concepts, and implemented fuel-saving programmes. We intend our environmental work to be a natural part of our daily work and to continuously evolve. Thanks to our long- term, active commitment, we’ve developed environmental work that extends beyond the requirements of current regulations.” One important element is the environmentally sound management of residual products from operations, notes Hanses. “Other objectives are to prevent pollution by minimising discharges into the sea and air, and by optimising our use of raw materials. Our efforts also include increasing re-use and recycling of materials to reduce the quantity of waste. All solid waste is brought ashore, and for several decades all wastewater has been pumped to municipal onshore treatment plants in ports. Viking Line actively participates in efforts to save the Baltic Sea by supporting and collaborating with various environmental organisations.” Last year, Viking Line released a sustainability report outlining the steps it has taken to reduce ship emissions and handle waste in the most environmentally friendly way possible. It estimated that nitrogen oxide emissions are 85% lower on its LNG-fuelled Viking Grace, compared to vessels using marine diesel oil. Norsepower has recently agreed to retrofit Viking Grace with its Rotor Sail Solution to decrease her fuel burn and costs, and reduce carbon emissions by 900 tonnes annually – the equivalent of cutting 300 tonnes of LNG fuel per year. The Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution is a modernised version of the Flettner rotor, which is a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to propel a ship. The solution senses when the wind is strong enough to deliver fuel savings and automaticaly starts the rotors, optimising crew time and resources. Viking Grace will be equipped with one medium-sized Norsepower Rotor Sail unit that is 24 metres high and 4 metres in diameter, making her the first-ever hybrid ship to be powered by LNG and wind- electric propulsion. Viking Line’s new vessel will also have Norsepower rotor sails, and be the first to use a combination of alternative clean fuels, modern rotor sails, electric propulsion, and a hydrodynamically optimised hull. With so much on the horizon, Hanses is positive about Viking Line’s future. “Despite a weak economy over the past few years, the Finnish market has been stable for Viking Line and is now showing a slight improvement,” he says. “Demand for cruises is still increasingly focused on Estonia, while the demand for the long routes between Finland and Sweden is stable and the Russian travel market has stabilised so passenger figures have increased slightly. Our international markets have continued to show growth, and we see potential here for increased travel in the longer term.” Hanses adds: “Not only will we focus on our newbuild, proactive sales and good service levels in 2017-2018, but also on onboard safety. Viking Line shall become even more well known for being a safe, secure travel option where everyone can enjoy themselves.” C&F Viking FSTR has been introduced to the Helsinki–Tallinn route to boost passenger capacity during the peak summer months ”We work to ensure that the Baltic Sea and its precious archipelagos are conserved for future generations”