November 20, 2002

Aker Finnyards wins $155.5 million Baltic cruise ship order
Aker Finnyards and Birka Line have signed a contract for the building of a 1,800 passenger cruise vessel. Worth around EUR 155 ($155.5) million, the vessel isto be delivered in Fall 2004 gives and 1,200 man years of work for the yard.

Aker Finnyards is claiming the 177 m long x 28 m wide ship "the most environmentally friendly vessel on the Baltic Sea" since it fulfils two very new classification criteria:

  • DNV`s Clean Design rule defining several environmental solutions as to the ship structures, and the
  • Comfort Class rule securing a noiseless and vibration free environment for the passengers.

In addition, the vessel meets the same environmental quality standards as the present Birka Princess. It is equipped with catalyzers and closed sewage treatment systems a non-toxic bottom painc.

There is an energy saving automation system in the cabins, that until now has only been used in some hotels.

The ship designed primarily for year around service in the Baltic Sea comprises eleven decks, of which five are dedicated to passenger accommodations and three for the passenger public spaces: conference area, dance lounge, several restaurants and bars, casino, shopping area, children's playroom etc.

Aker Finnyards in Rauma has extensive experience in the building of ropax ferries. During the last ten years the yard has built fifteen passenger ferries, the recent ones having been of cruise ship standard. There are also five cruise vessels in the yard`s reference list, among them the twin hull SWATH “Radisson Diamond”.

The yard says "synergies within the Aker Kvaerner Yards group of shipyards contributed strongly to securing this contract in today's challenging global shipbuilding market."

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