Work underway on expedition cruise ships at Helsinki Shipyard

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 04 May 2020

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Production of the first vessel of the two luxury expedition cruise vessels ordered from Helsinki Shipyard started last week. Steel cutting started in safe conditions and as scheduled despite the global situation clouded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pair are being built for Volga Shipping Company’s cruise subsidiary Vodohod. The luxury vessels which were ordered from the Helsinki shipyard in the summer 2019 are intended to operate both in the Arctic and Antarctic waters during winter and summer, as well as in the tropical waters during the spring and autumn seasons.

Agreement

“These two vessels are the first newbuildings of the shipyard that was established in May 2019 and thus they are a very important head start for us. The project progresses according to plan in good cooperation with the Customer”, said Carl-Gustaf Rotkirch, CEO.

“The steel blocks for the vessels are manufactured by the shipyard of Western Baltija Shipbuilding in Klaipeda, Lithuania. A total of 33 outfitted and painted blocks will arrive to us from Klaipeda. The blocks will be transported to Helsinki by sea. ” Western Baltija Shipbuilding is an important partner for us. We have cooperated with them already in several projects”, commented project manager Jonas Packalén. The production at Helsinki Shipyard will start in August, and the hull construction will begin with keel laying in September 2020.”. The start of production was preceded by basic and detail design phases, and procurement has also progressed well.”, added Packalén.

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