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Viking Grace will have its own ecological wines

Viking Line’s new vessel, the M/ S Viking Grace, will feature a high-quality wine list that will also include the vessel’s own wines: a red, a white, a dessert wine and a champagne.

The vessel’s wines are made by producers who work with ecological or biodynamic cultivation. The Chapoutier, Zind-Humbrecht and Larmandier-Bernier wine houses are old, familiar producers while Château Dudon is a new acquaintance.

“The Viking Grace combines handsome design with green values. In keeping with this, we wanted to find classical elegant wines from well-reputed producers,” says Pekka Rajala, who is chairman of Viking Line’s Wine Council. By coincidence, all four choices turned out to be from France.

The vessel’s champagne: Larmandier-Bernier

The Larmandier and Bernier families have been working the vines in the Champagne region since the French Revolution. In 1971 Philippe Larmandier and his wife Elisabeth Bernier founded the current Larmandier-Bernier champagne house, located in the village of Vertus in the southern part of the Côte de Blancs. In 1988 their son Pierre Larmandier took over management of the company. Since 2003 the vineyard has operated according to certified biodynamic principles. The area under cultivation is 15 hectares, located in five villages (Vertus, Cramant, Chouilly, Oger and Avize). Bernier-Larmandier champagne consists of 80 per cent Chardonnay grapes and the rest Pinot Noir. The flavour is sophisticated, gentle and elegant.

The vessel’s white wine: 2009 Herrenweg de Turckheim Riesling

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht was founded in 1959 when Léonard Humbrecht married Geneviève Zind. Their winery is located in Turckheim, Alsace. The Humbrecht family has been growing wines since 1620. Today the domaine is managed by Léonard’s son Olivier Humbrecht, who was the first Frenchman to qualify as a Master of Wine in the U.K. It has 40 hectares of vineyards, located in five villages in the Haut-Rhin. 

Their wines have the qualities that are characteristic of the Alsace region, which are amplified both by painstaking biodynamic cultivation methods and during fermentation. They avoid heavy machinery and advocate manual labour or using beasts of burden. The compost thus generated is used as fertiliser. The vineyard received organic culture (ECOCERT) certification in 1998 and biodynamic producer certification (BIODYVIN) in 2002.

The Herrenweg vineyard is located in Turckheim next to the Fecht river, where the soil is gravel-like, drains easily, is warm and yields an early harvest. The soil in this area may lack minerals because the clay is easily washed away by rainwater. Older grapevines compensate for this, since their deep roots reach down to the nutrients. The biodynamic method of cultivation increases the number of micro-organisms in the soil, releasing minerals. Fermentation of the wine occurs slowly, and some sweetness is preserved. Herrenweg de Turckheim Riesling has a classic floral nose that is specific to these vineyards. Because of the natural warmth of the gravel-like soil, the character of the wine does not risk weakening, and the air also contributes a splash of citrus. Its flavour is very seductive and surprisingly fresh. The elegant finish is a Herrenweg classic.

The vessel’s red wine: Crozes-Hermitage Les Meysonniers BIO

The family-owned Maison M. Chapoutier is one of the best-known wine producers in the Rhône region. Dating back to 1808, it now has 160 hectares of vineyards in the northern Rhône. Chapoutier also owns sizeable properties in Hermitage and has invested in Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence, Banyuls and South Australia. The business is run by brothers Michel and Marc Chapoutier.


Crozes-Hermitage BIO is an ecological product, made from hand-picked Syrah grapes. The grapevines, which grow on south-facing slopes, are at least 25 years old. The wine is produced according to old, traditional methods and allowed to mature for 12 months before being bottled. Its colour is a deep purplish red, with blackcurrant and raspberry discernible in the nose. Its rich flavour is very fruity and is spiced with a dash of vanilla. This wine is ideal with various kinds of meat dishes.

The vessel’s dessert wine: 2009 Château Dudon 2009 – women’s wine

The best dessert wines are said to come from the Sauternes area of Bordeaux. Château Dudon is a typical vineyard in this area, dating back to the 17th century. During the French Revolution it expanded to 12 hectares. In 1868 the current proprietor family took over Château Dudon. In recent generations, ownership has been passed from parents to daughters. This is why Château Dudon is called a “women’s wine.” The current owner is Evelyne Allien.


The ecologically cultivated grapes are gathered in September–October, when only the ripest fruits are picked. In this way they have time to develop a favourable “noble rot” with the help of the Botrytis fungus, as well as to shrivel and achieve a high sugar content. During fermentation, the sugar content is reduced to about 110 g/litre. This sweetness, the noble rot, a 20-month fermentation process in oak barrels and old, traditional methods enable the wine to last for decades and gives them the characteristic flavour of Sauternes.

The wine is golden yellow in colour, with a nose of exotic fruits and honey. The wine has a long finish, with a touch of caramelized orange peel, saffron and spices. The 50 cl bottle is an optimal size for cellaring but also for serving a small group of guests.

Viking Line has an ongoing competition for Finnish art students, who have been asked to design a series of four labels for the vessel’s wines.

Isover reduces weight of insulation on Viking Grace by 50%

Viking Grace is a passenger and car ferry being constructed to operate along the Turku – Aland Islands (Finland) – Stockholm (Sweden) route on the Baltic Sea. When launched in 2013, she will be the world’s most environmentally-friendly and most energy efficient passenger ship of her size, with a gross tonnage of 57,000 and a length of 210m (880 cabins, capacity of 2800 passengers). STX Finland, is building the vessel Viking Grace for an estimated cost of €240m.

 

The ship uses liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel, thus generating significantly less emission in comparison to ships using oil. To further reduce fuel consumption and its footprint on the environment, optimizing the weight of the ship has been a key priority.

 

ISOVER mineral wool Marine solutions have been extensively used to reach this objective. Approximately 40.000m2 of lightweight ISOVER Glasswool solutions and 90.000m2 of ISOVER ULTIMATE solutions for fire protection structures (A15 to A60), with a total weight of 240t, have been installed, enabling a staggering weight reduction on the insulation of 230t compared to traditional solutions, thus decreasing the insulation weight by 50%.

 

Among others, ULTIMATE solutions U MFA 66 30mm and U MPN 66 70mm have been installed to provide 1h fire protection to steel bulkhead constructions (A60). The unique lightness of ISOVER Marine solutions has been identified as a clear advantage for the ship-owner Viking Line and the shipyard STX Finland to increase the energy efficiency of this passenger ship. We wish its future passengers and crew: safe, swift and `graceful ́ sailings.

Two deck high Club Vogue to feature 50 sqm LED wall

Club Vogue is the name of the large two-storey nightclub located in the aft of Viking Line’s new vessel Viking Grace. Seating over 1000 guests, the hypermodern club is equipped with technology and interior decoration of the highest international standard. The centre of entertainment on board, Club Vogue has a spectacular 50 m2 LED wall at the back of the stage with state-of-the-art sound and light equipment to create a perfect atmosphere.

 

The top-class interior decoration with many fascinating details is designed by dSign Vertti Kivi & Co which was elected the interior architects of the year 2011 in Finland. Together with the lighting and music Club Vogue becomes a modern entity of international standard. A variety of the latest lighting and audiovisual equipment makes it possible to change the atmosphere at different times of the day 

 

The lower floor of Club Vogue is a ”party zone” with a dance floor larger than on our other ferries. An international selection of drinks and cocktails can be enjoyed at the 18 metres long bar. The large LED wall behind the stage is something special in the nightclub. The size, lights and picture quality is unique in the Nordic countries. The wall can be used for taking the atmosphere to a completely new level by showing music videos, various performances etc. The other sound and light systems are also of the latest models.

 

M/S Viking Grace’s PAF-casino is located in Club Vogue, where the latest gaming opportunities can be found. The croupiers guide and explain the rules to all players. Even beginners are welcome to acquaint themselves with the games. PAF’s latest slot machine called "Play Among Friends" will also distribute the prizes to the winner’s friends. There are over 70 slot machines on board.

 

In Club Vogue the largest orchestras play dance music, and top artists perform there. As for entertainment, there will be shows, spectacular programmes, interactive performances and stand-up comedians, to mention a few. After the live music stops there will be a disco until the small hours. Other entertainment comprises of house bands, jazz duos, pianists, troubadours, DJs, surprise visits and more. Live music is simultaneously played in four restaurants on board.

 

Dance theme to Viking Grace conference areas

Viking Line says its new flagship, Viking Grace, will offer conference facilities in an unbeatable setting. The interiors will be tastefully decorated in a clean design, and visible outside will be an unparalleled view of the most beautiful archipelago in the Baltic Sea. The fresh conference department on Deck 9 will seat nearly 500 guests. Equipped with the latest technology, the conference department will be functional, allowing flexible use of the facilities in the best possible way.

Samba, Rumba, Boogie, Jazz, Jive, Mambo, Pasodoble, Foxtrot, Cha cha cha, Rock’n’roll, Flamenco, Tango, Break Dance and Waltz are the names of the conference rooms on board the Viking Grace. These names reflect the company’s slogan “The Baltic Sea’s hottest dance floor!” and are a reminder that business and pleasure can be combined. The conference department will comprise a large auditorium seating 227, which can be divided into three smaller rooms if needed, a large conference room seating 76 and eight smaller rooms with fantastic sea views, built with flexible wall systems to allow forming one or more individual spaces.

Extremely suitable for mini trade fairs and exhibitions. Moreover, there will be two rooms with special equipment. One of them will include a cinema and the newest games from Microsoft, providing a nice way of rounding off a conference, for example. The other, the “brainstorming room”, will be furnished with comfortable armchairs. All the rooms will be equipped with the latest technology.

Standard equipment will include WLAN, loudspeaker systems in the ceiling, LCD displays, integrated whiteboards, as well as microphones and documentation cameras. In addition, the auditorium will be equipped with a projector and screen, wireless microphone, video camera and PC projector. It will be possible to send images and sound to several conference rooms at the same time, as well as showing images and sound from the Vogue nightclub to the conference. A group reserving the whole department will be able to show its own material on a 2.05 x 1.15 metre media wall in the conference lobby.

Organizing a conference, kick-off, private party or exhibition on board a vessel provides many advantages. The whole group will be together, the view and the environment are inspiring, there is a wide variety of restaurants, and entertainment is available. On board Viking Grace, it will be easy to combine business and pleasure.

The superb SPA & Wellness department will offer high- quality treatments for both men and women, as well as bathing in a steam sauna or herbal sauna. There is also a snow cave where you can cool off at a temperature of minus 4 degrees Celsius. The chefs aboard the vessel will be happy to create special menus for different groups. If you wish to know more about this LNG-driven vessel, there will be guided tours on board, as well as special programmed such as whisky and wine tastings and cocktail events. We can promise an unforgettable, out-of-the-ordinary experience on board this new, unique passenger ferry, the company said in a statement.

 

Viking Grace – environmental pioneer of cruise-ferry business

Viking Line’s newbuilding, which will be delivered in January 2013, will be a milestone from an environmental standpoint. The Viking Grace has already attracted global attention, since she will be the world’s first large passenger vessel to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The cleanest fossil fuel available today, LNG provides major environmental advantages.

Viking Line has systematically planned the construction of the Viking Grace in a ways that will enable the use of cutting-edge technology to achieve a cleaner environment, in accordance with sustainable development principles. The company has endeavoured to find optimal environmental solutions in all areas.

Hydrodynamic hull minimizes swells

The Viking Grace has a hydrodynamically optimized hull shape and highly efficient drive technology that saves energy. Extensive development work has been devoted to the hull shape, which minimizes swell waves. In day-to-day operations on board the vessel, recycling and resource optimization will be guiding principles.

"The marine environment in our archipelagos is as enchanting for holidaying families as it has always been, but we have realized that we should take greater responsibility for the environment. The environmental risks and threats that affect the Baltic, as an inland sea, are well known among today’s travellers. Our customers have a right to demand that what we do is more sustainable in a long-term perspective. We are very pleased that we can offer customers a more environmentally friendly alternative on our ferry service between Finland and Sweden," says Captain Henrik Grönvik, commanding officer of the Viking Grace.

The Viking Grace is being built in compliance with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships 2009, which is monitored by the maritime classification society Lloyd’s Register. The rules of the Convention cover the entire life cycle of a vessel as well as the management at recycling facilities of hazardous materials/substances in particular.

LNG radically reduces emissions

As a fuel, liquefied natural gas (LNG) is globally unique in a passenger vessel of the Viking Grace’s size. Natural gas creates substantially less hazardous emissions. Nitrogen emissions and particulates are reduced by 85 per cent and greenhouse gases by 15 per cent. Sulphur emissions are practically zero. LNG is stored in low-pressure tanks, which are double-mantled and located outdoors at the rear of the vessel. They are filled from an LNG supply ship. The natural gas that is delivered has been cooled down to -162 degrees Celsius and is in liquid form; its volume is thus 600 times smaller than in gaseous form. Natural gas is lighter than air, and in case of any leakage outdoors it is automatically ventilated away. The gas pipes are double-mantled, which means that no gas is emitted into the engine room in case of any leakage.

The environment a high priority on board

Thanks to cutting-edge technological and operational solutions, it has been possible to prioritize environmental aspects in order to achieve both environmental and cost savings. The task of optimizing resources occurs in all departments on the Viking Grace. This includes:

• Energy consumption that minimizes atmospheric emissions

• Water consumption aimed at minimizing the quantity of wastewater

• Waste management to minimize the quantity of waste as well as to recycle or sort waste

• Using chemicals in ways that reduce the number of products as much as possible and employing correct dosages (environmentally friendly alternatives are prioritized)

• Avoiding disposable (single-use) products or those with short service lives As on Viking Line’s other vessels, all wastewater is pumped ashore. Toxic paints are not used on the bottom of the vessel; instead the hull will be cleaned manually several times per year by divers.

Specially designed refuse stations with sorting compartments are located in the stairwells next to the cabin departments. On-board employees’ workwear and a number of items in the cabins and elsewhere have been designed by Touchpoint Oy, a Finnish-based company that works towards sustainable development.

"One of our cornerstones at TouchPoint is to develop products and services that stand for what is good and right. We bring together design and responsible manufacturing, where a well-functioning and controlled production chain is combined with humane considerations. The result should communicate the values our customers stand for and reinforce their brands. We are convinced that ecologically designed products with a high ethical value will benefit the end-user and lead to economic advantages," says Carita Peltonen, Sales and Marketing Manager at Touchpoint Oy.

Environmental considerations in restaurants and kitchens

The vessel’s restaurants will not use disposable receptacles and will minimize their use of disposable packaging. Milk will be served in pitchers, sugar in casters etc. Glass, cardboard, plastic, metals, aluminium, food waste and office paper will be sorted. Instead of serving bottled water, the restaurants will use their own carbonated and filtered water in bottles that are recycled.

Kitchen equipment will employ a Galley Energy Management (GEM) system, resulting in energy savings of around 20 per cent compared to conventional equipment. The Viking Grace is the first vessel in the world that will utilize this system. Locally produced food will be prioritized when menus are planned. In food procurement, the aim will be to use the least possible packaging. Food waste will be separated and brought ashore to be turned into biogas and compost. Used cooking oil will be recycled.

The vessel’s hotel, spa and conference operations

Cleaning routines will be a large-scale activity on board. Instructions to cleaning staff will not only explain that the use of chemicals and water but also the use of lighting and air conditioning should take place in an environmentally economic way. Steam cleaning machines will save both water and detergent. The cabins will feature water-conserving showers and faucets, low-flush toilets and waterless urinals. Cabins will be equipped with Philips TV sets made according to the EcoDesign principle (lower weight, more efficient packaging and better recycling properties). The conference department will also follow the company’s general environmental policy by endeavouring to employ recyclable materials as much as possible in the equipment that is used. In the spa department, heating of sauna units and pool water will employ the best energy-conserving technology. Showers will use water-saving mouthpieces. Spa treatment products will be organic. Entertainment, audiovisual technology and the tax-free shop Here too, it is important to ensure environmentally optimal use of energy, water and chemicals. Instead of being paper-based, cruise programmes will be displayed on IP-TV sets and on monitors. All lighting for entertainment activities will employ light-emitting diode (LED) technology. The electricity consumption of LED spotlights is a fraction of what ordinary spotlights use. The duty- and tax-free department will sort cardboard, plastic and paper for binding together using a baling press. Refrigeration equipment will be energy-efficient. The duty- and tax-free shop will sell many products from companies with green values. Such new items among cosmetics include Korres (www.korres.com) and Yes to Carrots (www.yestocarrots.com). Weleda, Ren, Nuxe and Björk & Berries are environmentally conscious brands that have already been featured by Viking Line for some years. One new clothing brand is PEOPLE TREE, which will only be sold on the Viking Grace (www.peopletree.co.uk). Finnish-based Costo (www.costo.fi) uses recycled textiles in its products, which are otherwise already available on Viking Line vessels.

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