Fincantieri to launch first Branson's ‘Lady’ in Sestri Ponente
The yard's order portfolio will last at least until 2024: besides the 4 Virgin units, two Oceania cruiseships recently ordered by MSC will be manufactured under the Genoa Lighthouse
Sestri Ponente-based shipyard, renowned for having manufactured the larger ocean liners in the last century, has come back in the limelight after Virgin Voyages, shipping company founded by British tycoon Richard Branson to expand his multi-tasking group in a new sector, ordered them his newbuilding.
Nevertheles,, as confirmed by Paolo Capobianco, managing the yard, while attending the ship's float out, Fincantieri will be playing a leading role again for the construction of the Scarlet Lady and 4 sister units ordered by Branson.
“The ship will be delivered in 2020 while the second and third units will follow in 2021 and 2022, while the fourth will be completed in 2023 after the construction of a new units for another shipowner.”
According to Ship2Shore the ship built in between will be the first one ordered by Oceania Cruises of Norwegian Cruise Line Holding's, for which Fincantieri already worked in 2011 and 2012.
The two newbuildings ordered in January , the first of which will be delivered in 2022, will be 67,000 tons and capable to host 1,200 passengers.
After the first Oceania, the yard will focus on Virgin to subsequently follow the construction of 4 'luxury' units recently commissioned by MSC Crociere (October 2018), with 64,000 tons capacity and 500 cabins, ready for the first delivery in spring 2023.
“For the time being the yard must focus on the renowned shipowner who has no experience in this field but is giving us a great opportunity to be known globally”, continued Capobianco.
The first newbuilding reaches the maximum tonnage allowed by Genoa-based yard, namely 110,000 tons, she is 278 metres in length and is capable to host 2,770 passngers.
During the Scarlet Lady's launching, Virgin Voyages' CEO thanked Fincantieri adding it was a very special day for the company.