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MV Viking Sky – Past and Present

MV Viking Sky

© Josep Pretel

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2017 by Fincantieri Spa, Ancona, Italy (Yard No 6237) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Viking Ocean Cruises Ltd, Bermuda

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: 340 million ‚ā¨/ 400 million $
  • Length:¬†228.2 m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth:¬†28.8 m
  • Depth: m
  • Draught: 6.45m (Design)
  • Tonnage: 47842 gross/ net/4797t deadweight
  • Engines: 2 x MAN 9L32/44CR and 2 x MAN 12V32/44CR diesel electric
  • Power: 23520 kW/HP
  • Speed:¬†20 knots
  • Capacity: 928 (working) 1433 passengers (max)
  • Crew: 465
  • Call Sign:¬†LAYU7
  • MMSI Number: 259186000
  • IMO Number:¬†9650420
  • Official Number:
  • Port of Registry: Bergen/Norway
  • Sister-Ships: Viking Sea, Viking Star, Viking Jupiter, Viking Sun

Current AIS Location

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March 23rd 2016: Launched.

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January 26th 2017: Viking Sky delivered to Viking Ocean Cruises Inc. Registered Manager; Viking River Cruises Inc.

February 25th 2017: Maiden voyage from Rome Civitavecchia port to Barcelona .

June 22nd 2017: Christened in Troms√ł.

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© Juergen Braker

August 6th 2018: Due at Dover.

March 23rd 2019: Whilst en-route from to Stavanger from Tromso, suffered total engine failure. In high seas (wind approx 38 knots) she initially began drifting off the town of Farstad near Molde.  Having sent out a stress signal, she was attended to by several ships and helicopters which began evacuating some of the 1,300 passengers and crew. Reports suggests that there were no serious injuries and the crew had managed to restart one engine. The vessel was able to anchor approx 2km from land.

March 24th 2019: Crew managed to get 3 of her 4 engines re-started and, escorted by tugs, she arrived in Molde.

March 27th 2019: Arrived in Kristiansund. “The country’s Maritime Agency found that ¬†she ” …experienced engine problems due to low oil levels. The heavy seas in Hustadvika probably caused movements in the tanks so large that the supply to the lubricating oil pumps stopped”.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Juergen Braker and Josep Pretel for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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