MV Werften has signed a letter of intent with the engineering company Foreship to build Crystal Cruises’ new Endeavor polar-class luxury expedition cruise ships.
The agreement includes parts of the basic design as well as design, purchasing and production assistance of the Endeavor-class ships. The 20,000gt cruise vessels will be built at MV Werften Stralsund, Germany, with production starting late 2017 and deliveries from spring 2019.
The 160m long and 23m wide, Endeavor-class for luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises will be the world’s largest and most spacious expedition yachts, MV Werften said. They are designed to operate mainly in Arctic and Antarctic regions and cruise in the tropical regions when travelling between the poles. They can accommodate up to 200 passengers in 100 suites and the same amount of crew.
“We are excited to build a series of the world's first purpose-built expedition yachts, with PC6 polar-class designation,” stated MV Werften managing director Jarmo Laakso. “Our own staff at all sites and other subcontractors have already been fully involved in this project. Foreship has proven to be a strong and reliable co-operation partner in numerous similar large-scale projects and will be a valued support in addition to our own workforce.”
“A new era in shipbuilding is being ringed in at MV Werften. This is an important day for the shipyards in the country,” said Harry Glawe, Economics Minister of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern at the signing ceremony. “Hundreds of jobs are being secured and created. We are pleased about Genting’s looming long-term commitment in our country.”
Additionally on 18 August, the owner’s architect agreements for the Endeavor project were signed in Wismar by Crystal Cruises with design companies Tillberg Design, AD Associates and Kudos Dsign, as well as with Tillberg Design, SMC and Kudos Dsign on the Global-class cruise ships for Star Cruises. The 201,000gt Global-class vessels will be over 340m long and 45m wide. Steel cutting for the first vessel is expected to begin in late 2017 and delivery is scheduled for 2020.
MV Werften was formed earlier this year after Crystal Cruises’ parent Genting Hong Kong acquired Nordic Yard’s shipyards in Wismar, Warnemunde and Stralsund. The three shipyards were named MV Werften and are managed in Wismar.