Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, has delivered in Søviknes (Norway) “Viking Octantis”, the first of two expedition vessels for Viking. The vessel achieved the successful delivery after completing outfitting, testing, and finalization at Vard shipyard in Søviknes, Norway.
The works at the Vard shipyard were carried out in July 2021.
Arnt Inge Gjerde, yard director at Vard Søviknes said: “We all had one common goal – to deliver the vessel before Christmas. And we did it! Despite all the challenges posed by the pandemic, we have nevertheless managed to complete the building, outfitting, testing and successful sea trial of the vessel. We are all looking forward to seeing Viking Octantis in operations. She will be a fabulous experience for the passengers onboard and a great workplace for its crew”.
“Viking Octantis”, as well as her sister ship “Viking Polaris” in the series, to be delivered next year, can host 378 guests in 189 staterooms. The ships have the “Polar Class 6” certification for expeditions in the polar regions, and they have the size to navigate remote areas and the St. Lawrence River and provide superior handling and stability in rough seas.
The vessel, especially designed and developed for expeditions in the Arctic, Antarctica, and North America’s Great Lakes, has a length of 205 meters and a beam of 23,5 meters.
The vessel design is carried out by experienced nautical architects and engineers, feature modern Scandinavian design, intimate spaces, and attention to detail, as well as public spaces that are favorites on Viking’s ocean ships, a long-term partner of Fincantieri since 2012.
The state-of-the-art design of straight bows, longer hulls and fin stabilizers will allow the ships to glide over the waves for the calmest possible journey. Moreover, the ice-strengthened hulls will provide the safest way to explore and u-tank stabilizers will significantly decrease rolling by up to 50% when the ships are stationary.
The Italian company proudly reminds that it has leveraged the cooperation with Viking since it was a start-up company in the ocean cruise market. Both parties first began with an order for two ships, have reached a total of 20 units, including “Viking Octantis” and “Viking Polaris”.
Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, commented: “This result reaffirms our ability to perform very well all over the world even in a situation as complex as the current one. Suffice it to say that “Viking Octantis” is the ninth cruise unit completed in 2021 in our domestic and foreign sites, without forgetting the deliveries for the US Navy, 2 this year, in the American shipyards. Fincantieri is a Group with a global vocation, which consolidates the leadership positions it has acquired and imposes its own successful production model on four continents”.