STX France has received an order to build a luxury cruise ship, the "EUROPA 2". The new ship is being acquired by a third-party proprietary company outside the TUI group at the French STX shipyard and will enter service in 2013.
The vessel, that will complement the famous "EUROPA" in the fleet of German cruise operator Hapag Lloyd-Cruises, will be designed and built according to latest international regulations and delivered in 2013. For STX France this new contract represents about 2.5 million working hours. Construction will start in September 2011.
"We are proud to be chosen to build the new cruise liner in our Saint-Nazaire shipyard and we are delighted to contribute to the expansion of the luxury cruise activities of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises", says Jacques Hardelay, General Manager of STX France.
Hapag Lloyd Cruises is part of TUI, Europe's leading travel group. Presently the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet includes four cruise ships: the luxury EUROPA, the expedition ships HANSEATIC and BREMEN and the COLUMBUS in the premium segment.
STX France SA: Delphine Glédel, Communication manager - Tel.: +33 (0)2 51 10 90 37 - E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
STX France SA is part of STX Europe AS, an international shipbuilding group which aims to be the leading builder of cruise vessels, ferries and other specialized vessels. STX Europe AS is also the majority shareholder in STX OSV Holdings Limited listed on the Singapore Exchange (SGX). The group has a strong position in terms of developing state-of-the-art concepts, technology, processes and products for customers around the world. STX Europe comprises 6 shipyards in Finland, France and Norway in addition to 9 shipyards belonging to STX OSV Holdings Limited. STX Europe has approx. 6400 employees in addition to approx. 9000 employees in STX OSV Holdings Limited. www.stxeurope.com
STX Europe's principal shareholder, the international industrial group STX, has approximately 54 000 employees and aims to be a global top player in its core areas; shipping and trade, shipbuilding and machineries, plant and construction, and energy.
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