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Thursday, October 22, 2020 

Helsinki Shipyard and Swan Hellenic have entered in a contractual agreement for a new luxury expedition cruise vessel, which the yard says is a strong signal of the continuity of and customer confidence in Helsinki Shipyards operations during the global economic situation shadowed by Covid-19

The new order is for a larger vessel than the two Swan Hellenic newbuilds already on the orderbook, representing a new generation of expedition cruise vessels designed for the global market, with an emphasis on high-latitude cruises. Design for the new vessel, which will be capable of sailing to all continents, has already started and construction will begin in the summer of 2021, with scheduled delivery at the end of 2022.

Helsinki Shipyard CEO  Carl-Gustaf Rotkirch said: “The new order is significant for Helsinki Shipyard, as it shows our customers’ confidence in our operations and is also a strong signal of the long-term nature of our operations. In these times in the world, this is a very good signal, not only for Helsinki Shipyard but also for the Helsinki maritime industry and the whole country’s maritime cluster.”

In September, the keel of the first cruise vessel, SH Minerva, to be built for Swan Hellenic was laid at the yard.

The latest order will feature a 4.6MW diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system with selective catalytic reduction, 3MW battery package and PC6 ice-strengthened hull. At 125m LOA, the 12,000-GRT vessel has been specially designed to explore the most inspiring and inaccessible places.

Providing accommodation for 192 guests in 96 cabins and suites, the vessel will be operated by an onboard team of 140.

“The procurement of the main equipment for the third vessel to be built for Swan Hellenic has already started on a fast schedule, as our main goal is to stick to the schedules agreed with the customer. This is a pleasant challenge for all of us”, said project manager Ville Korpela.

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