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20 May 2019 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 09:22 GMT+2

November 16, 2018

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Fincantieri adjudicates a contract gives beyond 200 million for the lengthening of three ships of the Windstar Cruises

The work will be executed in the ship yard of Palermo

Fincantieri has undersigned with the crocieristica company Windstar Cruises of the group Xanterra Travel Collection a contract of the total value of beyond 200 million euros for an imposing slowly of lengthening and of modernization that it will see involved three ships of the fleet, and for whose financing is previewed the participation of SACE, the Italian agency of credit to the export.

The participations will interest the ships Breeze Star, Star Legend and Star Pride and will be all entirely realized from the function "Ship Repair & Conversion" near the Fincantieri plant of Palermo. The work will take start in the spring of 2019 with the beginning of the construction of first troncone of lengthening and they will be concluded within November 2020 with the delivery of the third and last unit, with a medium pause in yard of about four months for each ship.

The program, called "Plus Star", it previews on every unit three main phases of participation: the lengthening of about 26 meters, I almost renew total of the machinery and accommodations of drive system and at last the modernization of good public part of salt and the cabins.

As for the lengthening, the new section will be inserted to center additional fleeting 50 ship and will contain suite, that they represent 47% in more of the current ability, 19 additional cabins for staff and crew, two new restaurants and ulterior space to use after sun deck-pool area. The current main, reducing engines and diesel engine-generators will be replaced with new consistent engines of last generation to equipped standard IMO Tier III from SCR, new reducers, new alternators and new main switchboard. The modernization will regard multiple areas of edge is internal that external, in particular the bridge swimming pool, the Spa, that she will be also widened and completely reconstructed, the "Owner Suites" and also some common areas of the crew.

The three ships object of the program currently have a length of 134 meters, a tonnage of about 10.000 tons and an ability to 212 passengers. Al term of the work every ship will be long about 160 meters, will have a tonnage of about 13.000 tons and will be able to accommodate 312 passengers.

Giorgio Rizzo, executive SVP of the Division Services di Fincantieri, has emphasized that "these three projects have an extraordinary valence for both the societies under multiple points of view. Under the strategic profile, in the first place - he has explained - with a program of great impact that consolidates the role of Fincantieri Services and the yard of Palermo as world leader in the section of the repairs and naval transformations. Also from the commercial point of view, we are proud of having a new customer who entrusts to we for its plan of widening and modernization of half of its fleet. From the technological point of view, the execution of these three projects will demand ingegneristica ability and to project management of highest level that will be unfolded for three times over a single year demonstrating the competence of our organization".

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