SWS starts building first cruise ship

2020-11-14T14:53:22+00:00 November 14th, 2020|Ships|

Fincantieri has held the coin laying ceremony for a newbuilding cruise ship at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS), a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC).

She is under construction for CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping, a joint venture between Carnival Corp and CSSC and will be the first cruise ship to be built in China for the Chinese market.

The new ship, which will be delivered in 2023, will accommodate about 4,250 pax, plus 1,400 crew members.

The joint venture set up by Fincantieri and CSSC Cruise Technology Development (CCTD) granted a technology license of the ship model platform and provided technical services to SWS, including project management, supply chain management, plus systems sales and components.

During the China International Import Export (CIIE) 2020, Fincantieri subsidiary Marine Interiors signed a contract with SWS for the supply of around 2,800 cabins for the ship.

Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri CEO, said: “The production is moving forward as planned. This is an excellent sign for the cruise industry in China and it confirms the strong commitment of Fincantieri, CSSC and the Carnival group in this very difficult moment we are living in.

“The different teams have worked remotely for months with great ability and flexibility, and today’s milestone not only confirms our Group’s management leadership, but it also demonstrates the determination of the entire sector in tackling the crisis,” he concluded.