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21 September 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 07:19 GMT+2

November 21, 2019

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Fincantieri-Ponant agreement for the construction of two small cruise ships of luxury

The store clerk will have a value of 300 million euros. Option for a third unit

Yesterday Fincantieri has signed a memorandum of agreement of the value of about 300 million euros for the planning and construction of two cruise ships of luxury of small dimensions of new generation for the French shipowner Ponant, society controlled from the Artemis group (holding company of the Pinault family), with previewed deliveries both in 2022. The agreement previews moreover an option for an ulterior twin unit. The finalizzazione of the contract is subordinated to definitive setting up of the financial and technical aspects of the agreement.

In the past Fincantieri had already constructed for Ponant four units to Ancona, the Boréal, the Austral, the Soléal and Lyrial, delivered respective in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015. Moreover Vard, Norwegian society controlled of Fincantieri and assets in the planning and construction of ships expedition cruise, had realized between the 2018 and 2019 four unit of the class "Ponant Explorers" and will deliver last the two of the series in 2020. Vard, moreover, will deliver the Commandant Charcot, the first Arctic cruise ship fed hybrid-electrical worker to LNG, to Ponant in 2021.

The two new units ordered from Ponant will be the evolution of those of the class "Ponant Explorers" and will operate in the area of the Pacific South for the Paul Gauguin Cruises brand, to the pairs of the acquired homonymous unit recently from Ponant, carrying so to three the number of the ships in fleet for this brand. They will be realized by the productive Network of the Vard group and will on board have a tonnage of about 11.000 tons, accommodating about 230 passengers.

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