The sea and the archipelago are close to Viking Line's heart

As a shipping company on the Åland Islands, the sea is our livelihood and promoting its well-being is important to us. We want to be the forerunner in utilizing new solutions that reduce the environmental impact.


The sea and the archipelago have, of course, been very important to Viking Line for many decades. Our actual environmental work started in the 1980s as our fleet was renewed and expanded. Our environmental work has become a natural part of decision-making and our daily work.

Protecting the Baltic Sea in many different ways

Viking Line’s environmental work takes many forms. On these pages, you can learn more about

  • the principles behind our environmental work
  • how we minimise emissions and waste
  • the choices we make to protect the Baltic Sea
  • how we recycle materials
  • Viking Grace, the most environmentally friendly ship in the Baltic Sea
  • our cooperation partners and their important work.

Newbuilding with Finnish-Swedish EU project

A special priority of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which strives to promote green, robust, attractive and efficient maritime traffic links integrated throughout the transport chain, is Motorways of the Sea (MoS). MoS are the maritime pillar of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).

Viking Line, together with the Port of Turku, the Ports of Stockholm, the Port of Mariehamn and the City of Turku, has been granted EU funding from CEF for their collaborative NextGen Link project. The project entails an upgrade of maritime transport links between Turku, Mariehamn and Stockholm with a new vessel that runs on liquefied natural gas (LNG) as well as infrastructure improvements in the ports. The project is in line with the EU’s TEN-T priorities since it contributes to increased use of more sustainable vessel fuel and thus reduced emissions while also improving logistics in the link between Turku and Stockholm and making them more efficient.

The Turku–Mariehamn–Stockholm link is located in the so-called Scandinavian-Mediterranean Core Network Corridor, a transport corridor identified by the EU as being a special priority under the framework for TEN-T. The EU project, which is led by the Port of Turku, will run from 2017 to 2020. Funding for the collaborative NextGen Link project will be a maximum of 12.7 million euros.

Viking Line’s innovative environmental work has been rewarded with the following international environment awards:

  • Seatrade Awards 2000
  • Stockholms Hamnars Miljöboj 2002
  • Stockholms Hamnars Miljöboj 2012
  • Shippax Awards 2013
  • Baltic Sea Clean Maritime Awards 2013
  • Skål Sustainable Tourism Award 2014
  • GBTA - Project ICARUS Gold Medal 2015