MS Silja Symphony

MS Silja Symphony is a cruiseferry owned by the Estonian shipping company Tallink Group,[2] operated under their Silja Line brand on a route connecting Helsinki, Finland to Stockholm, Sweden via Mariehamn. She was built in 1991 at Masa-Yards Turku New Shipyard, Finland.

MS Silja Symphony
Silja Symphony in Kustaanmiekka.
NameSilja Symphony
OwnerTallink Group[1]
OperatorSilja Line
Port of registryStockholm, Sweden
BuilderMasa-Yards Turku New Shipyard, Finland
Launched15 May 1990
In service1991
IdentificationIMO number8803769
Statusin active service
General characteristics
Tonnage58,377 GT
Length203.03 m (666 ft 1 in)
Beam31.93 m (104 ft 9 in)
Draught7.12 m (23 ft 4 in)
Ice class1 A Super
Propulsion4 × Wärtsilä-Vasa 9R46 diesel engines, 32,500 kW (43,583 hp)
Speed23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)
  • 2,626 passengers (originally), 2,852 (currently)
  • 986 cabins
  • 450 vehicles (950 lane meters)


Interior view of MS Silja Symphony during a Helsinki-Stockholm cruise

While the Silja Symphony was being built, the Wärtsilä Marine shipyard went bankrupt, and as a result she was delivered several months behind schedule on 30 May 1991. On 1 June she was put on the route HelsinkiStockholm. The new ships, the first ones to have a centerline promenade inside the ship, were highly popular but also proved to be somewhat expensive to operate. Unlike her sister, MS Silja Serenade, the Symphony's funnel was constructed of aluminium, which made the ship less heavy. Silja Symphony was also the third ship to arrive at the scene of the MS Estonia disaster on 28 September 1994.

On 7 February 1996, the ship was grounded in the Stockholm archipelago. In December of the same year her engines were upgraded with so-called water-spray technology that greatly reduced nitrogen oxide emissions. In order to keep tax free sales on the HelsinkiStockholm ships when the EU changed its tax free legislation, a stop at Mariehamn was added to the route in June 1999. On 6 August 2001, a swarm of fish got sucked into the ship's cooling water intakes, which resulted in the engines shutting down due to overheating. Due to the engine problem the ship arrived in Helsinki some 1½ hours late.

In January 2004 the ship made two special cruises to Tallinn, Estonia for the Finnish company SOK. Similar cruises were made again in January 2005. In January–February 2006, just prior to the sale of Silja Line to Tallink, the Symphony and her sister had their interiors extensively rebuilt at Turku Repair Yard, Naantali. During a storm on 9 January 2007 the Symphony accidentally rammed a boarding tube in the port of Mariehamn, resulting in approximately €600,000 worth of damage.

There are some small external differences by which the Symphony can be told apart from her sister: the outer decks on the Symphony are painted light blue (they are green on the Serenade), the eyes of the seal in Symphony's funnel are blue whereas they are white with a blue outline on the Serenade, and the light box with the ship's name on it is white on the Symphony, but blue on the Serenade.

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  1. ^ "Audited annual report of the 2008/2009 financial year" (PDF). Archived from the original (pdf) on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-03-10.
  2. ^ Tallink corporate structure, retrieved 2008-09-08 Archived 2008-10-11 at the Wayback Machine

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Preceded by
MS Silja Serenade
World's Largest Cruiseferry
Succeeded by
MS Silja Europa