Fincantieri: Dry Dock Works Start on Viking Sun
The keel laying ceremony for Viking Sun, the fourth of six cruise ships Viking Ocean Cruises has ordered from Fincantieri, took place today at the shipyard in Ancona.
The first building block of the ship, about 11 meters long, 28.8 wide and weighing about 280 tons, is part of the central section of Viking Sun, due to delivery in 2017.
Viking Sun, as its sister ships, will be placed in the small cruise ship segment. In fact, with a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons, it will have 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers, with a total capacity of over 1,400 people, including the crew.
The ship has been designed by experienced naval architects and engineers, including an interior design team of London-based SMC Design, and Los Angeles-based Rottet Studios. Viking Sun will be built according to the latest navigation regulations and equipped with the most modern safety systems, including the “Safe return to port”. Furthermore, it will feature the most advanced technologies for reducing the environmental impact and for energy saving.
The first of the series, Viking Star, has been built from the shipyard in Marghera and delivered in spring 2015, the second, Viking Sea, took the sea from the shipyard in Ancona just a few weeks ago, where the third unit, too, Viking Sky, has just been launched and will set sail in February 2017.
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