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Friday, February 5, 2021 

The keel laying of 'Viking Mars', the eighth ocean cruise ship which Fincantieri is building for the shipowner Viking, and which is scheduled for delivery in 2022, has taken place at the Italian group's Ancona shipyard.

At 47,800gt, similar to its sister ships, the vessel will be placed in the small cruise ship segment. There will be accommodation for 930 passengers in 465 cabins.

The Viking units are all built according to the latest regulations and equipped with the modern safety systems, including 'Safe return to port' notation. They feature energy-efficient engines, optimised hydrodynamics and hull for reduced fuel consumption, as well as systems which minimise pollution produced by exhaust gases, meeting the strictest environmental regulations.

Fincantieri started its partnership with Viking in 2012, trusting the shipowner who was entering the ocean cruise market as a start-up. Today, the cooperation which first began with an order for two ships, has reached a total of 20 units, including the order awarded to Fincantieri subsidiary Vard for two expedition cruise ships and the options. This is considered an all-time record, the largest number of units built by a shipbuilder for one sole shipowner.

The first of the series, Viking Star, was built at the shipyard in Marghera and delivered in 2015. The other units, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun, Viking Orion, and Viking Jupiter were handed over between 2016 and 2019, all being built at the Ancona yard, as well as Viking Venus, which will join the shipowner’s fleet this year. A further nine ships, options included, will take to the sea from the Group’s Italian yards between 2022 and 2027.

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