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10 December 2018 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 11:33 GMT+1



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Fincantieri has tightened agreements for the construction of eight oceanic cruise ships

You are ordered to the Italian group from American Viking and two to the controlled Vard from the Ponant French

The navalmeccanico group Fincantieri has tightened agreements for the construction of eight oceanic cruise ships, of which you are that they will be ordered to the Italian group from the American company Viking and two are commissioned to controlled the Norwegian Vard from the French company Ponant.

The understanding with Viking is signed in occasion of the Seatrade Cruise Global, the more important appointment anniversary of the crocieristico section in course in these days to Fort Lauderdale, in Florida. With the new tidy ships the total number of unit constructed in partnership from the two societies, extending the horizon of the collaboration until 2027 will go up to 16.

Fincantieri has specified that the agreement with Viking for the new ships, whose deliveries are previewed in the 2024s, 2025, 2026, 2027, is subject to specific conditions. Together with the society owner of a shipping company, in fact, Fincantieri will develop a project evolven, based on the characteristics of success of the ships precedence, second updated and which revisited the most recent technologies available on the market.

The current oceanic fleet of Viking comprises ships that exclusively arrange of cabins porch, with a tonnage of about 47.800 tons, and an ability to on board accommodate 930 passengers in 465 cabins.

Today Fincantieri has delivered four ships to Viking Ocean Cruises. Before the series, Viking Star, it is realized in the yard of Marghera and delivered in March 2015; the second one, the third and fourth, Viking Sea, Viking Sky and Viking Sun, have taken the sea from the yard of Ancona respective in March 2016, January 2017 and september 2017. The ulterior ones you are unit in pocketbook will be delivered in 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022 (two unit) and 2023.

"When in the 2015 we have inaugurated our first oceanic ship - it has emphasized the president of Viking, Torstein Hagen - we have proposed ourselves to re-invent the oceanic crocierismo. We - it has specified Hagen - focus ourselves on the destination and we do not cram our ships with aquatic attractions and slides. Our sober, elegant ones and pluripremiate ships are planned simply in order to allow with our hosts to explore their destination at best. In our first two years of activity - it has still evidenced Hagen - we are named the crocieristica company number and this new order testifies of the positive answer that we have received from our hosts and the industry. Continuing to expand our brand, we do not see the hour to carry the hosts in a greater number of destinations all over the world and to make to experience they the way of Viking to explore".

"We are proud - the managing director of Fincantieri has commented, Giuseppe Bono - to have had confidence in a start up that it has obtained much success. In 2012, in fact, the collaboration between us and this prestigious shipowner have left with two ships, and today we have arrived quite to 16 units. Draft of an absolute record, the greater number of ships for a yard on behalf of a single shipowner, than ago of Viking, already first operator in the fluvial section cruise, leader also in that of the ships of small destined dimensions to the oceanic cruises. The agreement moreover confirmation the exceptional moment of the question in this field, that it allows with Fincantieri to consolidate own world-wide leadership, placing the bases in order to increase the pocketbook orders with cargos that tranquillity of job for next the ten years gives already today".

Others two cruise ships, unit of luxury of small dimensions, are ordered by the French shipowner Ponant to the Vard Holdings Limited, of which Fincantieri it possesses 80.64% of the capital. The ships will be delivered in first and in according to trimester of 2020.

The units for Ponant will be twin of those formers in 2016. They will be realized by the productive Network of the Vard group and will have a length of about 131 meters, a 18 width of and a tonnage of about 10.000 tons. They will be able to reach a speed of 15 knots and to accommodate 180 passengers (in 92 cabins all with balcony).

The two ships will be constructed adopting the most advanced technologies in topic of environmental protection and for via of the reduced dimensions they will be able to reach ports and inaccessible destinations to greater units. The preparation of the internal ones will be conceived "on a human scale" and with extreme cure of the details.

The first ship of the series will be delivered in the first trimester of 2018, continuation from the delivery of next the three in the period comprised between the autumn 2018 and summer 2019. Vard, moreover, will deliver to Ponant the Arctic cruise ship with fed propulsion to which liquified natural gas, that it is ordered at the end last year(on 19 December 2017), in 2021.

In the past Fincantieri has already constructed for Ponant four units, the Boréal, the Austral, the Soléal and the Lyrial, delivered respective in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

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