Fincantieri and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) signed a memorandum of understanding for the extension of the industrial cooperation already existing between the two groups to cover not just cruising but all sectors of merchant shipbuilding.


P&O Cruises’ Ventura has just completed a two-week regular docking at Damen Shiprepair Brest.

 As the global cruise orderbook continues to grow – currently valued at $61bn with 102 confirmed newbuilds for delivery by 2025 – the cruise shipbuilding and supply sectors remain buoyant, especially across the Mediterranean.

Since China’s Huarun Dadong Dockyard (HRDD) ventured into cruise ship drydocking and repair at the start of 2015, the yard has been making steady headway in this growing segment.

Genting-owned Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven undertook repair work on four cruise ships in the first half of the year, with work being undertaken ahead of redeployment to northern Europe.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages’s (CMV) Columbus, the latest addition to the fleet, is currently spending three weeks in drydock at the Damen Ship Yard.