Two maxi-orders for San Giorgio del Porto in Genoa and Marseille
NCL entrusted Chantier Naval de Marseille with the refitting works (amounting to over 100 million dollars) of its unit Norwegian Spirit, while the French cruiseship Ponant will be refurbished in Genoa
Genoese shipyard San Giorgio del Porto – within the GIN (Genova Industrie Navali of which also Fincantieri is a shareholder since last March) group recently obtained two important orders relating to cruise ships refitting.
In fact – as confirmed to Ship2Shore by the transalpine shipbuilding company itself – its subsidiary Chantier Naval de Marseille (CNdM), managing the dry docks of the port of Marseille, entered into an agreement with Norwegian Cruise Line for the refurbishment of the cruise ship Norwegian Spirit built in 1998. The vessel will undergo complete renovation, for a total investment of over 100 million dollars, which NCL will include in its “Norwegian Edge” program, and which will be the most significant investment in the history of the company in terms of transformation of existing units.
The unit Spirit will arrive in the Marseille-based shipyard on January the 2nd 2020 and it will be entrusted to CNdM for 40 days. Once works are completed, in February NLC’s unit will sail to Asia, Africa and Europe. In particular, after two 20-days cruises in the Mediterranean and in the Red Sea (the first one departing from Civitavecchia), the unit Spirit will head eastwards, and it will be the first unit of the American company’s fleet to call at several Asiatic ports such as Celun Bawang (Bali), Jakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia; Beppu, Kumamoto, Nagoya and Tokyo in Japan; Keelung (Tapei) Taiwan and Yangon in Myanmar.
In Genoa, San Giorgio del Porto will carry out refurbishment works of the ship Ponant belonging to its namesake French cruise company specialized in the luxury and expedition segment.
As provided for by the agreement, the ship – built in 1991, 88 meters long and with a capacity of 66 passengers – will be subject to the complete refurbishment of several onboard areas, which will be completed in 6 months, from November 2019 to April 2020, employing some 200 workers.
San Giorgio del Porto explained in a note that, following the demolition of the existing furnishings launched on October the 25th at Chantier Naval de Marseille – to be completed on October the 30th – the Ponant unit will sail for the Genoese shipyard to undergo restyling works.
“We are proud of this order because it strengthens our relations with an important partner like Ponant”, San Giorgio del Porto Commercial Manager Manolo Cavaliere declared.
“The modernisation of the company’s main ships is very important for us because it strengthens our leading position in Europe and as a world’s reference in the ships conversion sector, which is growing steadily”.
“For this refurbishment project, we plan to re-devise and transform the interiors of our flagship Le Ponant in order to offer passengers a unique experience”, Ponant Secretary General Charles Gravatte observed. “The transformation of the ship falls within our upscaling global strategy and it aims at raising our excellence standards to the maximum. Given its proven experience in the sector, we are pleased to entrust this important project to San Giorgio del Porto”.