Eidesvik’s LNG-powered Viking Princess, was named in an official ceremony in Bergen, Norway, on September 14th. Lady sponsor of the vessel is H.R.H. Crown Princess Mette-Marit.
The Viking Princess is the 347th delivery from Kleven Shipyard, and she is the sister ship to Viking Prince, which was delivered in March of this year. Eidesvik Offshore and Kleven are pioneers in the construction of gas-powered vessels, and built the world’s first gas-supply vessel, Viking Energy, in 2003.
This vessel represents a new generation of environmentally-friendly platform service vessels with great emphasis on fuel economy, low emissions and large capacities both below and on deck. Light ice class (ICE C) makes them suitable for northern waters. Sophisticated equipment for oil recovery (OIL REC NOFO 2009) and capacity for standby vessel further increases market value. Dead weight is 6,500 tons, length 90 meters, beam 21 meters, deck space more than 1,050 m2.
This Wärtsilä-designed VS 489 PSV features 4 LNG dual fuel engines to ensure low NOX emissions (85% reduction) and significantly reduced CO2 emissions (25% reduction). A new state of the art system for purifying ballast water is installed, a requirement to be implemented for vessels of this kind.
Kleven is the leading supplier of advanced gas-powered vessels in Norway, with seven vessels delivered and two new on order. Following the naming ceremony this weekend, the Viking Princess goes directly into a long term contract with Statoil.