MHI-MME books fin stabilizer contract from Helsinki Shipyard

Written by Nick Blenkey
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MHI-MME fin stabilizer

Finland’s Helsinki Shipyard has now started ordering equipment and materials for two 113-meter luxury expedition vessels on order for Russian operator Voldohod, with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Equipment Co., Ltd. (MHI-MME) receiving orders for two retractable fin stabilizers for the 157-passenger vessels.

MHI-MME says that both fin stabilizers are scheduled for delivery to Helsinki Shipyard by the first half of 2021.

These vessels will be used for Polar cruises from Europe to the North and South Poles, depending on the season. The fin stabilizers will reduce the roll of the vessels at sea and help provide a comfortable voyage for passengers.

MHI-MME says this is the first fin-stabilizer order it has booked from Europe since a 2008 order from Aker Yards.

“For a long time, our company was mainly focusing on projects in Japan and other Asian countries, but over the past few years we have improved our production capacity and worked to expand our sales channels to Europe and other regions,” says MHI-MME.

“With the global increase in the demand for cruise tours, there has been an increase in the building of cruise ships and ROPAX vessels,” says the company, noting that it will use the Helsinki Shipyard order as a springboard “and continue to carry out proactive sales negotiations for ROPAX, RO-RO and other vessels in not only Japan and Asia but also Europe.”

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