Marking the occasion, the company released a time-lapse video of the work that shows the ship assuming its final form.
Now that the structure is complete, the cabins are taking shape. Their interiors, by Tillberg Design of Sweden, are described as 'Scandi-chic comfort' with rich, natural materials and a sea-view orientation.
From a technical perspective, SH Minerva is being fitted with a 5-megawatt diesel-electric propulsion system with selective catalytic reduction, and ready to receive a 3-megawatt maximum battery package. It's being built to Polar Class 5 standard.
The 113-meter/371-foot, 10,500gt vessel has room for 152 passengers in 76 cabins and suites, most with large balconies. SH Minerva will be able to accommodate 120 crew.
'We are very proud of the smooth progress made on SH Minerva, helped by its outstanding design,' said Esko Karvonen, CEO of Helsinki Shipyard. 'It is an inspiring journey to work on the remarkable first three vessels for the iconic Swan Hellenic and we are sure the guests who explore the world aboard them will also feel that.'
SH Minerva is scheduled to debut in November for a season of Antarctica cruises.