Environmental Buoy 2012 awarded to Viking Line for environmental efforts with M/S Viking Grace

Viking Line was today awarded the Ports of Stockholm Environmental Buoy 2012.

The reasons for this award were the following: “The Ports of Stockholm Environmental Buoy award goes to Viking Line for building the world’s first passenger ferry in its size class that can run on LNG and for at the same time developing unique and innovative environmental solutions for M/S Viking Grace.”

The new Viking Line ferry, Viking Grace, which will be delivered in January 2013, will be a milestone for shipbuilding from an environmental point of view. Viking Grace will be the world’s first large passenger ferry of its size class to run on liquid natural gas, LNG. The vessel also has a hydrodynamically optimized hull design, lower energy usage, and lower noise levels. In addition, like all of Viking Line’s other vessels, Viking Grace will offload all of its black and grey water to shoreside facilities when in port.

“It is really gratifying that we have innovative, courageous and forward-thinking customers who are brave enough to commit to new technologies and take a leading stance when it comes to important environmental developments. It is essential both for the Baltic Sea and for Stockholm that we utilize and implement the opportunities that new developments provide us with,” says Helena Bonnier, Chair of the Board of Directors at Ports of Stockholm.

“We are very happy to receive this award. We view this as confirmation that we have chosen the right direction to take. Viking Grace represents a whole new generation of vessels where green issues, modern design and a focus on the environment have been the core aspects for all of the groups and departments involved in the project. The interest shown by the general public has also exceeded our expectations,” says Mikael Backman, Viking Line CEO.

Facts about the Environmental Buoy

The Environmental Buoy is a prize that is awarded annually to an individual, company or organization that has contributed to environmental improvements in shipping, or has raised awareness of the environmental efforts being made by shipping. The aim of the award is to recognize good environmental examples and create incentives for result-driven efforts. The prize is awarded at Ports of Stockholm’s Shipping Lunch, which takes place on the first Monday of December each year.