Fincantieri picks up more cruise orders

04 Dec 2012
Fincantieri’s order book is swelled by two more small cruise ships, with an option for two more

Fincantieri’s order book is swelled by two more small cruise ships, with an option for two more

Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri has announced the signature of a memorandum of agreement with Viking Ocean Cruises for the construction of two more ocean cruise ships with an option for another two.

The new ships will be sisters to those ordered earlier this year. Viking says that it has an “intimate, destination-focused approach to cruising”; this means that the ocean-going vessels will be small by current standards at about 48,000gt.

One interesting aspect of the agreement, which is expected to be firmed-up as actual contracts, subject to the customary closing conditions, is that it includes a series of joint initiatives studying liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion.

Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, said: "We are very pleased to intensify our collaboration with Viking and this new agreement demonstrates our ability to compete in the market. We have done our part and we hope that the institutions responsible for supporting exports will continue to sustain those in this strategic industry for the national economy. We also hope that the unions and workers feel confident about the future by giving their utmost commitment to making our company ever more competitive. Without this determination, the excellent results achieved this year, namely acquisition of basically all the new prototype cruise ships projects in 2012, will be hard to maintain."

Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking, commented: “This additional order indicates just how strong early response has been to our ocean cruise concept which focuses on small ship destination cruising at a great value. We are very excited to have Fincantieri as a partner as we work to bring the destination back to ocean cruising.”

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