MSC Seaview’s preview cruise cancelled

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The MSC Seaview is slightly behind schedule, and will now be delivered on June 4, forcing the cancellation of a preview cruise scheduled June 7 through 10.

While a nearly 4,000-strong team at the Fincantieri shipyard is working 24/7 around the clock to finish the ship for her inaugural season, she will now require a few extra days of final fitting,” MSC Cruises said.

MSC said that the inauguration ceremony will no longer take place in Civitavecchia, the port city for Rome. Instead, the ceremony will be moved to Genoa, where the ship is scheduled to take its initial cruise on June 10.

Following delivery, the Seaview is scheduled to cruise in the Mediterranean this summer. It will move to South America for the 2018-19 winter season.


Carnival Horizon Presented by Fincantieri

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The Carnival Horizon was presented today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone to its ship owner, according to a press release.

The ceremony was attended, among others, for the shipowner, by Micky Arison, Chairman of Carnival Corporation, and Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line, while Fincantieri was represented by Giampiero Massolo, Chairman and Giuseppe Bono, CEO.

The Carnival Horizon was built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera and is a sister ship to the Carnival Vista. The ship is 133,500 tons and 323 meters long.

Fincantieri has built 81 cruise ships since 1990, 64 of which were for Carnival’s different brands.

Fincantieri Signs Agreement for 50 Percent of STX France

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Fincantieri today announced it has signed a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of 50 percent of the share capital of STX France from the French State, represented by the Agence des Participations de l’Etat (APE).

The agreement was valued at 59.7 million euro.

The acquisition by Fincantieri is subject to the closing of the transaction between the French State and STX Europe and to customary conditions for this kind of transaction, according to a release.

After the closing of the transaction, the shareholding structure of STX France will be the following:

– Fincantieri (Fincantieri Europe S.p.A.): 50.00% (an additional 1% will be borrowed from APE)
– French State (APE): 34.34% (of which 1% to be lent to Fincantieri)
– Naval Group: 10.00% (or 15.66% if the employee ownership plan or/and the participation of a group of local companies cannot be implemented at the same time)
– STX France employees: up to 2.40%
– Local companies: up to 3.26%