Viking Finalizes Contract with Fincantieri for Two Ocean-Going Ships
Viking Ocean Cruises, sister company to Viking River Cruises, and Fincantieri, the Italian shipbuilder, have officially signed a contract to build two 47,000-ton, 944-passenger cruise ships. Delivery is scheduled for early 2015 and early 2016.
Viking CEO Torstein Hagen and Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono finalized the agreement. According both executives, a “crucial factor in Fincantieri’s successful bid was Export Banca, the system set up by SACE, Cassa depositi e prestiti and Simest to support Italian exports, which enabled Fincantieri to offer the ship owner an attractive technical, commercial and financial package.” Furthermore, the two companies said they are discussing further “high-profile joint projects,” both in the ocean cruise segment and the river cruise market.
Viking Ocean Cruises originally had been in negotiations to build the ships with French shipyard STX France, but in April signed a memorandum of agreement with Fincantieri for the construction of two new ocean cruise ships, with an option for a third vessel.
Viking River Cruises has been on a shipbuilding binge lately, with plans to introduce 12 new 190-passenger “Longships” this year and next. Viking Ocean Cruises has not revealed further plans on how it will position the new ocean ships.
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