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Silver Spirit emerges from the drydock 49 feet longer

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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On May 3, Silversea’s Silver Spirit left Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo 49 feet longer, following the completion of a complex lengthening and refurbishment project. Having been cut in half, lengthened with the insertion of a pre-built section, and renovated extensively, Silver Spirit was greatly enhanced and has now embarked upon her inaugural voyage, which departed amid jubilation from Civitavecchia (Rome) on May 6.

Silver Spirit’s 59-day dry dock period ran with precision and according to its schedule, with roughly 1,000 skilled workers committing approximately 450,000 hours to ensure the lengthening’s punctual completion. With the aim of amplifying guests’ onboard experience in line with the successful design of Silversea’s flagship, Silver Muse, the lengthening project has brought the ship to an exceptional standard: among other improvements, stylish décor enhancements have brought superlative comfort and a sense of spaciousness to public areas and suites; the ship’s pool deck has been enlarged; a new eight-restaurant arrangement has increased dining options, with the introduction of Spaccanapoli, Silver Note, Atlantide, and Indochine, as well as the renovation of La Terrazza; and a number of new amenities have upgraded the onboard offering, including the Arts Café, Tor’s Observation Library, the Zagara Spa, the Panorama Lounge, and the chic Dolce Vita lounge.

Silversea is celebrating Silver Spirit’s maiden voyage with a number of onboard enrichments to mark the momentous occasion in the memories of guests. Bound for Barcelona, the inaugural itinerary is the first in a varied series of European voyages. In September, Silver Spirit will cross to North America, where she will remain until November. From then, she will welcome guests in the Caribbean.

“I appreciate the complexity of this feat of engineering,” comments Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Chairman. “As such, I am extremely proud of the amazing job my team and Fincantieri have done. Our beloved Silver Spirit resumes service in a condition that is even more beautiful than before.”

Meyer Turku 2017 profit climbs to €32.2 million

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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Meyer Turku, the privately owned Finnish builder of cruise ships, has reported a rise in 2017 net profit to €32.2 million from €26.2 million in the previous year. Revenues rose to €807.7 million from €787.5 million.

The company is in the middle of a €200 million investment programme that includes a 1,200 ton lifting capacity gantry crane.

“ These good figures help us to prepare ourselves for the years to come and to increasingly tightening international competition,” CEO Jan Meyer said in a statement.

“We will be using operating profit to finance our big investments. By these investments we are building the Turku shipyard into a modern factory to assemble ships, we train our staff and further strengthen our team of shipbuilders,” he continued.

Carnival Maritime and ENSM in training agreement

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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Carnival Maritime GmbH of Hamburg, Germany, and the ENSM French Maritime Academy of Le Havre and Marseille, France, have agreed on cooperation to ensure future high standards in nautical and technical training of cadets, Carnival group said in a statement.

The aim of this close collaboration is to train the next generation of qualified officers for the cruise industry and their future responsibilities, based on both the nautical and the technical IMO curriculum at the ENSM. The first cadets from the ENSM have already been selected and will join the crew on board Costa Group ships at the end of June 2018.

Carnival Maritime is part of Carnival Corporation & plc group, the world’s largest cruise shipping company.


Fincantieri first quarter revenues, EBITDA rise, sees full year results in line with target

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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Fincantieri, the listed Italian shipbuilding company that is the world’s largest builder of cruise vessels, said it expects its full year results to meet objectives as both revenues and EBITDA increased in the first quarter of the year.

Revenues rose to €167 million in the first three months of the year from €97 million in the same period year on, while EBITDA increase to €15 million from €11 million.

“The year-on-year growth is mainly attributable to the increase in the volumes of the cruise ships business due to the larger size of the vessels under construction (with cruise ship revenues now accounting for approximately 47% of the Group's revenues before consolidation adjustments),” the company said in a statement.

Shipbuilding margins confirm the positive trend, reporting further improvements due to the construction of more profitable cruise ships and to the positive contribution of the advancement of the activities related to Italian Navy's fleet renewal program

“Full year 2018 results are expected to be consistent with the 2018-2022 Business Plan targets. For 2018, the Group confirms a growth in revenues of 3/6% and an EBITDA margin around 7.5%, mainly related to higher profitability in shipbuilding,” Fincantieri said.


TT-Line in Australia and Flensburger sign two ship LOI

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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TT-Line Company Pty Ltd in Australia and Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG (FSG) in Germany  have signed a letter of intent (LOI) for the construction of two ships to replace the current Spirit of Tasmania vessels, TT-Line said in a statement.

TT-Line chairman Mike Grainger said the companies would now commence contract negotiations and agree to final design specifications. “FSG was endorsed by the Board after the company short listed a number of international shipyards to build the new tailor-made vessels,” he said in the statement.

“As previously announced, we expect to place an order for the new vessels in the first half of the 2018 calendar year and for them to be delivered in time to commence operations on Bass Strait in 2021,” he added.

The two companies signed a preliminary agreement about the two ships in January. They will have a length of 212 metres, vehicle capacity of about 2,500 and they will be able to carry about 2,000 passengers. There will be about 280 cabins on board each vessel.

The ships will link the island of Tasmania to the Australian mainland. There is a ferry company called TT-Linie in Germany, but the two are not associated with each other in any way.