IMO number: 7359632
Tonnage: 32,975 GT
Speed: 33,5 knots
Decks: 10 public decks
Capacity: 1781 passengers, 815 lanemeters
Also known as: Da Vinci (2008); Kingdom (2008)
Status: broken up in 2008-2009
Finnjet was built in 1976 especially for traffic between Helsinki and Travemünde. Many consider her the first genuine cruiseferry, and during her career she held many records.
Finnjet was originally her project name, and many other names were considered, for example Urho Kekkonen, who was the president of Finland at that time. Finally, it was decided that Finnjet would keep her name and she was christened on 28. April 1977, exactly 36 years ago.
|Finnjet in her first, Finnlines livery|
|Finnjet Lego model|
Several newer ships, for example Regina Baltica and Princess Maria were clearly influenced by her.
|Finnjet and Cinderella in Helsinki|
During her time in Silja Line's fleet, her interior was rebuilt several times, last time in 2004, when she was being prepared to enter the Tallinn - St. Petersburg - Rostock route. Although Finnjet's glory often made the operator keep her going even if it was unprofitable during her golden days, this was not the case, so when Tallinn - St. Petersburg - Rostock turned out unprofitable, the route was terminated and in 2005 she was put up for sale.
In winter 2005-2006, Finnjet was used to provide housing to university students who had lost their homes to hurricane Katrina. After that, she travelled from one owner to another, who usually had big plans to rebuild her into a cruise ship, or a casino ship etc., but when it came out that the cost of the plan was higher than anticipated, she was put up for sale and sold to the next owner with big plans.
|Finnjet on Mississippi river|
In May 2008 she was sold for scrap, but several efforts were made to save the mighty vessel. Due to foiled plans and misunderstandings, none of those efforts worked, so she arrived to a scrapyard in India in June. The good condition of her impressed the breakers and once again, efforts were made by several parties to get the ship back in traffic. Those efforts almost led to success, but during the time she was in India, the warm and damp climate had taken its toll on her, causing a serious mold infestation. That made her unsalvageable and she was taken apart. Her thick steel hull and very strong bulkheads made the process very difficult and more expensive than the scrap value.
Last days of GTS Finnjet
- Largest cruiseferry in the world in GRT (1977-1981)
- Largest cruiseferry in the world in number of passengers (1977-1981)
- Largest cruiseferry in the world in passenger berths (1977-1981)
- First civilian vessel in the world equipped with ECDIS (1994)
- First and only gas turbine powered cruiseferry in the world (1977-1996)
- First and only combined gas turbine and diesel-electric ship in the world (1981-2000)
- First cruiseferry in the world with a Lego model of it for sale
- Longest cruiseferry in the world (1977-2001)
- Largest gas turbine powered vessel in the world (1997-2002)