Fincantieri hosts keel laying for eighth ocean cruise ship of Viking
The Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has laid the keel for Viking Mars, the eighth ocean cruise ship to be built at its Ancona shipyard for shipowner Viking.
The unit will be placed in a segment of the small cruise ship. Like its sister ships, 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers will have a gross tonnage of around 47,800 tons.
The vessel is planned to be delivered in 2022.
The Viking units feature energy-efficient engines, optimized hydrodynamics and hull, reducing consumption, as well as systems that meet the strictest environmental regulations to minimize pollution produced by exhaust gases.
In 2012, Fincantieri began its relationship with Viking.
Today, the cooperation that began with the order for two ships for the first time has reached a total of 20 units, including the order for two expedition cruise ships and the options awarded to Vard.
Fincantieri said this was an all-time record, the largest number of units built for one single shipowner by a shipbuilder.
Maritime Business World