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AKER YARDS AND MSC SIGNED CRUISE SHIP CONTRACT
29.3.2007

Aker Yards has signed a contract with MSC Cruises to build a 4th MSC Musica Class Cruise ship. The MSC Magnifica will be built at Aker Yards, Saint-Nazaire and delivered in 2010. The value of the contract is approximately EUR 410 million. The contract is subject to financing.

Like her three predecessors (MSC Musica, MSC Orchestra and MSC Poesia, this 89,600 GT cruise ship is 294 metres long and just over 32 metres wide, and complies with the Panama Canal Standard. MSC Magnifica will carry up to 4,000 people on board (including crew) and have 1275 passenger cabins, 80% of which being outside.
 
Mr. Yrjö Julin, President of Aker Yards, Cruise & Ferries comments: "We are very proud to be able to continue to contribute to the dynamic expansion of MSC's fleet. The already strong relationship between MSC and Aker Yards has been further strengthened by this contract and we look forward to continue our innovative cooperation with MSC targeting to offer unique cruise experiences to MSC passengers".
 
Aker Yards is presently completing the construction of MSC Orchestra, which will be delivered in May. The order book also includes the third sister ship, MSC Poesia (delivery: 2008) and two 1650 cabins cruise ships - MSC Fantasia (delivery: 2008) and MSC Serenate (delivery: 2009).
By 2009, MSC Cruises' fleet will include ten modern cruise ships, all built by Aker Yards.
 
Aker Yards' business area Cruise & Ferries now has in the orderbook in all 21 vessels, ten of which are cruise vessels. The next cruise ship delivery will be in April - Liberty of the Seas, the second in the series of three of the world's largest cruise vessels built by Aker Yards.
 
 
Photo of the "Musica" and other vessels built by Aker Yards can be found at: www.akeryards.com  Media Centre / Image library / Vessels
 
 
For further information, please contact:
 
Aker Yards ASA:
Tore Langballe, Senior Vice President, Communications & IR, phone +47 90 77 78 41
 
Aker Yards, Cruise & Ferries
Marianne Minard, Communications Manager, phone: +33 2 51 10 90 37 (France)
Sinikka Railo, Communications Manager, phone: + 358 40 512 0253 (Finland)
 
 
Aker Yards ASA (www.akeryards.com) 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.

 
   
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