Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific 2017 was officially launched in China on Tuesday in front of members of local media and cruise community in the lobby of the brand new Delta Hotels by Marriott Shanghai Baoshan.

The Chinese Government believes that the development of a major and sustainable cruise industry requires not just the right balance between incoming and outgoing passengers and suitably-equipped ports and destinations but also a vibrant shipbuilding sector.

 Fincantieri subsidiary Vard Holdings signed a contract with Australian cruise operator Coral Expeditions for the design and construction of a 120-passenger expedition ship for Asia Pacific operations.

 

The new Mein Schiff 1, debuting in 2018 is more than 60% completed with float out at Meyer Turku scheduled for the end of September.

Discussions between France and Italy regarding the sale and control of STX France resume today in Rome with Bruno Le Maire French minister for economy and finance meeting with Italy’s finance minister, Pier Carlo Padoan, to try and find a resolution to the transaction.

MSC Cruises’ first Seaside-class ship is currently outfitting at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard near Trieste and is due to commence first sea trials this weekend.

All delegates attending Seatrade Europe in Hamburg next month are invited to the virtual keel-laying ceremony, via live stream, for the first of AIDA’s next generation of fully LNG-powered cruise ships.

The second ship in MSC Cruises’ Seaside class entered the final phase of construction today during a float out ceremony at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard.

 

Genting-controlled MV Werften has taken the next step in its bold investment program officially embarking on the construction of an €80m shipbuilding complex at Rostock last week.

The French state is exercising its pre-emptive right to acquire the remaining share capital in STX France, buying time to continue negotiations with Italy. This is a temporary move that will cost France about €80m.

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