FINCANTIERI: VIKING SEA LAUNCHED IN ANCONA
The second of a series of three units for Viking Ocean Cruises
Trieste, 25 June 2015 – “Viking Sea”, the second of three ships which Fincantieri is currently building for the company Viking Ocean Cruises, was launched today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona. Interior fittings will now begin, leading the ship to its delivery scheduled in spring 2016.
“Viking Star”, the first sister ship, has been delivered in March: Fincantieri is already working on “Viking Sky”, the third unit of the agreement, that will be delivered as well in the shipyard in Ancona at the beginning of 2017.
The ceremony was attended by Karine Hagen, godmother of the launching and daughter of Torstein Hagen, founder and CEO of Viking Cruises, while Fincantieri was represented among others by Giovanni Stecconi, Director of the shipyard in Ancona.
“Viking Sea”, like its two sister ships, will be placed in the small cruise ship segment. In fact, with a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons, it will have 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers. The ship has been designed by experienced nautical architects and engineers, including an interior design team of London-based SMC Design, and Los Angeles-based Rottet Studios.
The building of this series of ships states the solid commercial partnership between Viking and Fincantieri.
Fincantieri has built 70 cruise ships since 1990 (of which 47 from 2002) and other 14 ships are currently being designed or built in the Group’s yards.
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Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one by diversification and presence in all high value-added market sectors, having built more than 7,000 vessels in over 230 years of its maritime history. It is world leader in cruise ship construction and a reference player in other sectors, from naval vessels to cruise ferries, from mega-yachts to special high value-added vessels, from ship repairs and conversions to offshore vessels. Headquartered in Trieste (Italy), the Group has approximately 21,900 employees, of whom more than 7,700 in Italy, and 21 shipyards in 4 continents. In 2013 the Group acquired VARD, a company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange that builds offshore support vessels for oil & gas exploration and production. Fincantieri has doubled in size to become the West’s leading shipbuilder. Fincantieri operates in the United States through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG). This company, which serves important government customers, including the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, has three shipyards (Marinette Marine, Bay Shipbuilding, Ace Marine), all located in the Great Lakes region. Fincantieri is present in the UAE with Etihad Ship Building, a joint venture set up with Al Fattan Ship Industries and Melara Middle East, to design, produce and sell different types of civilian and military ships as well as perform maintenance and refitting activities