Damen enters cruise building segment with Seabourn deal

Marco Ghiglione (left) managing director, T Mariotti and Andrea Trevisan, senior vice president sales & marketing cruise, Damen Marco Ghiglione (left) managing director, T Mariotti and Andrea Trevisan, senior vice president sales & marketing cruise, Damen

Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group has entered the cruiseship newbuilding market for the first time, partnering Italian company T Mariotti to build two expedition vessels for Seabourn Cruises

The new company, Mariotti Damen, has signed a letter of intent with Seabourn for the luxury vessels. The two 264-passenger expedition ships, weighing in at 23,000gt and measuring 170m loa, are scheduled for delivery in 2021 and 2022. The ships will visit Antarctica and the Arctic among other destinations.

Marco Ghiglione, managing director, T Mariotti, said: “This long-term partnership will offer our current and prospective clients access to a comprehensive suite of shipbuilding services and capabilities in terms of high quality, sustainable vessels demanded by the cruise industry of tomorrow.”

Andrea Trevisan, senior vice president sales & marketing cruise, Damen, added: “The combination of T. Mariotti luxury cruise shipbuilding’s experience of long standing with the high-class facilities of Damen Shipyards Group represents a unique synergy in the cruise industry. Our partnership brings together two proud family businesses, both of which enjoy a reputation for shipbuilding excellence.”

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