MS Lagan Viking
Norse Merchant promotional picture of the Lagan Viking with her sister ship, Mersey Viking
|Owner:||Levantina Trasporti Srl|
|Port of registry:||
2005-2008: Bari, 22x20px Italy|
2008-present: Belfast, United Kingdom
|Builder:||Cantiere Navale Visentini|
|Identification:||IMO number: 9329849|
|Speed:||max 27 knots (operational 23 kts)|
|Notes:||IMO number 9136034|
The Lagan Viking is a ferry that is operated by Norfolkline Irish Sea Ferry Services. The Lagan Viking name has been in the company since 1997 (formerly Norse Irish Ferries), although the name was given to the new vessel in 2005. The original Lagan Viking was re-named Liverpool Viking and placed on the Dublin–Birkenhead run last year.
The new Lagan Viking entered service in July 2005. She was built by Cantiere Navale Visentini of Italy. She is 27'000gts and can carry up to 700 passengers in her 2 lounges (passenger certificate is 970), and can sleep up to 480 passengers in cabings. She has 4 vehicle decks and room for around 200 lorries. Her maximum speed is 27 knots, but usually sails at 23 knots maximum. She sails on the Belfast–Birkenhead route on charter with her marginally newer sister ship the Mersey Viking. Her charter to Norfolk Line is to expire in 2009, although when the ship was first chartered it was charted with the possible intention of being bought outright by Norse Merchant Ferries, or as they are now known, Norfolkline.
The Belfast–Birkenhead route is invaluable to drivers, as it saves them driving through Scotland on poor single-carriageway roads and behind a great number of freight vehicles. In all, the total journey time on board the ship is 7 hours.
The ships has several facilities on board such as restaurants, bars, shops and a cinema.