Wartsila—Turku Shipyard Delivers New Baltic Cruiser 'Athena'

The M/S Athena, a new Baltic cruiser ordered by Rederi AB Slite of Sweden, has been delivered by Wartsila Marine's Turku Shipyard.

The vessel recently departed from Turku on her maiden voyage, which will include stops in Mariehamn and her home port of Slite before arrival in Stockholm.

The new cruiser will operate in Viking Line traffic between Stockholm and Mariehamn. She is in the same size category as the other Baltic cruisers which are among the largest in the world. She has a capacity of 2,200 passengers.

The Athena has a maximum length of about 580.4 feet, breadth of 98 feet and draft of 19.6 feet.

With a speed of 21 knots, the 40,058-ton Athena is powered bv 4 x Wartsila Sulzer 9 ZAL 40 S main engines with a total of 23,760 kw (32,400 hp). She is fitted with 4 x Wartsila 6R32D auxiliary engines, total 9,000 kw (12,240 hp).

Most of the 2,200-passenger ship's 599 cabins are located on the top decks. All 70 luxury-class cabins have a large, curving panorama window which ensures an excellent view of the sea.

The Turku Shipyard is also building a sister ship for the M/S Athena, with delivery scheduled for next year. The keel block was recently put in place at the Turku yard to mark the beginning of hull assembly.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 14,  Jun 1989

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