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September 9, 2002

Maryland yard signs coastal cruise ship contract
Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. of Salisbury, Md., has signed a contract to design and build a 214 ft luxury overnight coastal and inland cruise ship. The vessel will be U.S.-flagged and will operate on domestic cruises within the U.S. This will be Chesapeake Shipbuilding's eighth overnight cruise vessel and its third in the last four years.

Principal dimensions of the vessel are 214 ft LOA, 45 ft 6 in beam and 10 ft 8 in hull depth. Air draft is 53 ft.

The ship has four passenger decks, the top being an observation deck. Accommodations include 47 luxury suites, 22 with private verandahs. The staterooms will be the largest in the coastal cruise trade, averaging approximately 240 square feet.

The vessel will be powered by twin Caterpillar 3412E diesels. Maneuverability will be enhanced by a 250 ft bowthruster and other equipment will include Furuno radars, Northstar GPS units, Kobelt controls and Twin Disc reverse gears,

Construction started earlier this month and the ship is expected to be launched in late 2003 from Chesapeake Shipbuilding's new, higher capacity, side launch ways.

The yard has been undergoing an expansion and a third set of building ways is being installed.

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