Fincantieri, in partnership with Lockheed Martin, number one in the Defense sector, has gained a contract for the construction of 10 Littoral Combat Ships.
The first vessel is worth 437 million dollars and the remaining nine ships will be purchased by a number of options to be exercised by the US Navy within 2015, taking the total value of the contract to over 4 billion dollars. The LCS program provides for the construction of a total of 55 ships within 2020, for a value of over 20 billion dollars.
Fincantieri and the US cruise group Carnival Corporation & plc announced today an order to build two prototype ships for Princess Cruises brand.
The contract confirms a memorandum of understanding signed in February. At 141,000 gross tonnes, the two new vessels, which have a maximum passenger capacity of 3,600, will be the largest cruise ships ever built by Fincantieri and the flagships of Princess Cruises fleet. Scheduled for delivery in spring 2013 and 2014, these ships, as prototypes, will be two of the most exclusive and innovative in the world. Although the design incorporates a number of features which have contributed to the success of the Fincantieri’s most recent vessels, an in-depth review has been carried out in order to develop a ship of superior quality.
Fincantieri – Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A., Eurofactor Italia S.p.A. (Crédit Agricole Group)) and Banca Popolare FriulAdria S.p.A. (Cariparma Crédit Agricole Group), both companies of Crédit Agricole Group, signed an agreement both to facilitate and reduce the cost of access to credit for suppliers to the shipbuilding group - the world’s leading builder of cruise ships.