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05/08/19 11:33

Scenic Eclipse finally delivered

Over three years after the order, the ailing Uljanik shipyard has been able to complete the new cruise vessel for the Australian company

Bankrupt Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik, over three years after the order, has been finally able to complete the cruise vessel Scenic Eclipse for Australian company Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours.

The delivery of the hull 530, ordered by Malta-based PEC Limited, took place in Pula on July 26,.

Scenic unveiled that the ship will be christened by English actress Helen Mirren in New York on September 10.

Launched in January last year, the ocean-going expedition ship is able to accommodate 237 passengers and 172 crew members, being capable of sailing in polar waters as it has Polar Class 6 Cold DI.

With a length of 168 meters and a breadth of 21.5 meters, the newbuild features the latest environmentally-friendly technologies.

The newbuild is now to embark on a maiden voyage scheduled for August 15 departing from Reykjavik, Iceland, on a 13-day discovery sailing ending in Quebec on August 27.

As it is widely known, the delivery has been delayed due to financial issues Uljanik has been facing.

In January 2019, Scenic signed a letter of intent with a consortium of DIV/Fincantieri to collaborate on building ultra-luxury discovery yachts at Uljanik yards, whose aim was also to focus on completing the 22,498 GT vessel too.

Meanwhile the Zagreb government decided to get involved in the process of unblocking the account of Rijeka's 3. Maj shipyard, relaunching production and completing the vessels on which work had begun.

The Croatian shipbuilding corporation Jadranbrod was instructed to thoroughly analyse the proposed measures and submit its findings to the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts. The ministry will then propose specific measures based on the laws on the budget, state grants and other regulations and will present them to the ministries of finance and justice.

After the harmonisation of the proposed measures, the authorities in charge are required to submit a proposal for the implementation of today's conclusions to the government by August 29.

The 3. Maj shipyard completed the process of restructuring in late 2017, but found itself in financial trouble as a member of the Uljanik Group. 3. Maj, unlike Uljanik, is not overindebted, and had it not granted those loans to Uljanik it would have been operating normally because both the present and potential buyers have expressed an interest in completing the ships, and there is also an interest in building new ones, said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković who expects he 3. Maj shipyard to draw up a firm action plan to ensure its operation in the years to come.


 

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