Aker Yards is to build two cruise vessels for Norwegian Cruise Line, with an option for a third. The total value of the two vessels is EUR 1470 million (approx. NOK 12 billion). The vessels will be delivered from the recently acquired yard in Saint Nazaire in 2009 and 2010.
This is the first contract announced since Aker Yards became the owner of the yard in Saint Nazaire. The vessels will carry up to 6,400 people onboard including crew, and have 2,100 passenger cabins giving 4,200 passenger berths. The new ships will include the feature that 100% of outside staterooms will have private balconies. In total, the ship will have over 1,470 balcony staterooms and suites.
It will be 325 meters long, (which is approximately the height of the Eiffel Tower), 40 meters wide, and have a gross tonnage of approximately 150,000. The two huge cruise vessels will contain state of the art facilities for the traveller, including multiple restaurants, and entertainment options to support NCL's unique Freestyle Cruising concept. They will be prepared for cruise experiences world wide, including the Caribbean and Europe. There is an option for a third sister ship for delivery in the first quarter of 2011. The contract represents activity at the yard equal to approximately 7 800 man-years until 2010.
With this order Aker Yards has built, or are building, all twelve of the largest cruise ships in the world.
Mr. Yrjö Julin, President of Cruise & Ferries in Aker Yards comments "We are very proud to be able to contribute to the bold expansion of NCL's fleet with these new type of cruise ships. The contract was made possible by using best practice from our French and Finnish yards, which currently are undergoing a rigorous integration process. Without the envisaged synergies, this contract would not have been attainable for either of the yards individually".
The contract between NCL Corporation Limited and Aker Yards S.A. is subject to a number of conditions, including financing, completion of the design specification, and Star Cruises shareholder approval.
For further information, please contact:
Tore Langballe, SVP Corporate Communications, Aker Yards ASA +47 24 13 01 30
Marianne Minard, Communications Manager, Aker Yards, France +33 251 10 9037
Aker Yards ASA is an international shipbuilding group focusing on sophisticated vessels. The group has a strong position both in terms of innovation, product range, technology, experience and capacity. The product range includes cruise vessels & ferries, merchant vessels, offshore & specialized vessels. Aker Yards comprises 17 yards in Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Romania and Ukraine. Aker Yards has approximately 20,000 employees.
Aker Yards is part of the Aker Group (www.akerasa.com), a leading multi-industry powerhouse with more than 50,000 employees and EUR 10 billion revenues. Aker owns 50.4 per cent of Aker Yards, and the group is also a significant participant in the oil & gas business as well as the fisheries industry.