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Hull work begins, cabins contract awarded for CSSC Carnival cruise ship

The consul general of Italy in Shanghai, Shanghai's deputy mayor, the CSSC chairman, Fincantieri China CEO and officials of the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology attended the coin ceremony
Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (SWS) held a coin ceremony to mark the beginning of hull erection works for the first CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Ltd. ship, due in 2023.

SWS is a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corp., and CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Ltd. is a joint venture between CSSC and Carnival Corp. The joint venture will also operate the ship for the Chinese market.

It will accommodate about 4,250 passengers and 1,400 crew.

On hand were officials including the Consul General of Italy in Shanghai Michele Cecchi and Shanghai Deputy Mayor Wu Qing. The event was also attended by CSSC Chairman Lei Fanpei, Fincantieri China CEO Fabrizio Ferri and Tian Yulong and Gao Dongsheng, respectively chief engineer and general manager of the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Technology license, project management

The joint venture set up by Fincantieri and CSSC Cruise Technology Development Co. Ltd grants a technology license for the ship model platform and provides a series of technical services to SWS, including project management activities, supply chain management and sales of fundamental systems and components. The interior design will be tailored for Chinese travelers.

Marine interiors wins cabins contract

In addition, during the China International Import Export 2020, the most important Chinese import exhibition ending today in Shanghai, Marine Interiors signed a contract with SWS for the supply of approximately 2,800 cabins for the ship. Marine Interiors, a Fincantieri subsidiary, is a major international player in the design and construction of public and catering areas, as well as glass walls.

Marine Interiors' involvement will have a positive impact on the Italian economy through the supply of materials and components which will then be installed in China, under the supervision of Fincantieri China.

'Excellent sign for the cruise industry in China'

'The production is moving forward as planned. This is an excellent sign for the cruise industry in China and it confirms the strong commitment of Fincantieri, CSSC and the Carnival group in this very difficult moment we are living in,' Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono said. 'The different teams have worked remotely for months with great ability and flexibility, and today's milestone not only confirms our group's management leadership, but it also demonstrates the determination of the entire sector in tackling the crisis.'