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Thursday, October 3, 2019 

Fincantieri subsidiary Vard has completed and delivered 'HANSEATIC Inspiration', the second ship in a series of luxury expedition cruise vessels for Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

The 139m long, 16,000 gt HANSEATIC Inspiration follows sister ship HANSEATIC Nature delivered by Vard Langsten in Norway, with a third vessel, HANSEATIC Spirit, scheduled for completion in 2021. Each ship is tailored for remote regions, ranging from the Arctic and Antarctic to the Amazon.

HANSEATIC Inspiration has seven passenger decks, with 120 cabins accommodating a maximum of 230 passengers. The vessel, like its sister ships, features energy efficient hull design and technology.

The ship marks a collaborative effort between facilities in the global Vard and Fincantieri network, in close cooperation with the customer Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. HANSEATIC Inspiration is of Vard 6 07 design, by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway. Its hull was built at Vard Tulcea in Romania, before being towed to Vard Langsten in Norway in March this year for final outfitting. Several specialised companies have been involved, including the Fincantieri Group’s Marine Interiors, and Vard’s subsidiaries Vard Electro, Vard Accommodation and Vard Piping. Successful sea trials followed in August. In the final outfitting stage in Norway, the project provided work for approximately 950 local and international shipbuilders during its stay at the Vard Langsten yard.

“I am delighted to deliver HANSEATIC Inspiration, the second high class, expedition cruise vessel in this new Hanseatic series from the Vard network to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises,” said Ronny Langset, Yard Director, Vard Langsten. “It is always a pleasure to see the teamwork and interaction between all involved partners in such advanced projects; the solution-oriented and hard work of our employees, the classification society DNV GL, and all contractors and suppliers, in harmony with the excellent collaboration with the team at Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.”

Mauro Leboffe, Executive Director, Cruise, Vard, said: “This is a growth sector and VARD, with its full support from Fincantieri’s cruise experience, and through its collaborations with leading ship owners such as Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, has consolidated a position as an innovative, trusted and high quality partner within the expedition cruise industry.”

HANSEATIC Inspiration has the high ice classification for passenger ships, DNV class PC6. The vessel, which will be manned by around 175 crew members, will be named in a naming ceremony at the Port of Hamburg.

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