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20 January 2019 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 23:00 GMT+1



January 8, 2019

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings orders to Fincantieri two new cruise ships for the brand Oceania Cruises

The EU commission will open an investigation on the acquisition of Chantiers de the Atlantique by Fincantieri. Besides the Italian group, also the Scenic Australian is interested to Uljanik

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) has ordered to the Fincantieri the construction of two cruise ships of the new class "Allura" that the crocieristico group American will introduce in 2022 and in 2025 in the fleet of own brand Oceania Cruises. The agreement has a total value of beyond a billion of euro (575 million for each ship).

The new ships, with about 67.000 tons of tonnage and an ability to about 1.200 passengers, will be the flagships of the fleet of Oceania Cruises, company for which the Fincantieri Italian it has constructed to the ships Marine and Coast respective in 2011 and 2012 near the ship yard of Sestri West (Genoa).

Commenting the acquisition of the order, the managing director of Fincantieri, Giuseppe Bono, it has emphasized that the store clerk "restates not only our supremacy in the luxury section, but at the same time strengthens ulteriorly a leadership in the field of the cruise ships unprecedented, with a workload that is attested to 55 units for the majority of the brands that operate on this market, and deliveries that are extended quite until 2027".

While today the EU commission has announced the intention to examine the acquisition of the control of the shipbuilding group French Chantiers de Atlantique (STX France) by Fincantieri(on 5 February 2018), investigation - Brussels has announced - that it will be started receiving the question introduced from France and Germany to light analyze the operation of the European regulations on the concentrations, operation that - second the Commission - "could be harmful in meaningful measure to the competition in the field of the shipbuilding, in particular regarding the world-wide market of the cruise ships".

The Europe Commission has moreover specified to have established of being the more suitable authority to estimate the potential transboundary effects of the operation and that therefore the operation will be examined in its integralità by the Commission.

While the Croatian minister to the Economy, Darko Horvat, besides to confirm the manifestation of interest for the Uljanik ship yard introduced from Fincantieri in collaboration with Croatian DVI Group(on 23 November 2018), it has announced that also the crocieristico group and tourist Scenic Australian is interested to become strategic partner of the Croatian navalmeccanico plant. The minister, specifying that the Croatian government at least one or two confides that other subjects (between which Chinese societies) they express the will to become partner of the Uljanik within the term for the presentation of 25 binding proposals of next January, has specified that it is Fincantieri that Scenic is able to bring to the shipbuilding society 150 million kune (20 million euros) necessary in order to avoid that Uljanik can fail. From part its president of the Croatian navalmeccanica company, Emil Bulic, has confirmed that in the last weeks negotiations have been carried out many lock outs with potential the partner strategic of Uljanik.

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