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Thursday, October 01, 2009
“LE BOREAL” LAUNCHED IN ANCONA SUPER LUXURY SHIP FOR COMPAGNIE DU PONANT
Today at Ancona shipyard there was the launch of “Le Boreal”, the first of two super luxury cruise ships ordered from Fincantieri by the French owner Compagnie du Ponant. Due to take up service in spring 2010, in terms of size and sophisticated décor in many respects the ship is very similar to a mega yacht.

Present at the ceremony were: Jean-Emmanuel Sauvee, Director General of Compagnie du Ponant, Bertrand Leblond, Technical Director, Jean Philippe Lemaire, the future captain of the vessel which is destined to become the fleet’s new flagship, and, representing Fincantieri, Antonio Quintano, Director of Ancona shipyard. Godmother to the ship was Vèronique Saade.

The new ship, which will fly the French flag, is approximately 10,700 gross tonnes, 142 metres long and 20 wide. Passenger capacity is over 260 guests, accommodated in 132 cabins and suites, all with a sea view, of which 94% with a private balcony.
Equipped with cutting edge technologies to reduce environmental impact, “Le Boreal” will be able to reach ports and destinations which are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Compagnie du Ponant, whose head office is in Marseilles, currently has a fleet of three cruise ships serving a super-luxury customer target. Founded in 1988, the company is a member of CMA-CGM Group, the world’s third ship owning group in the container sector.

Since 1990 Fincantieri, world leader in the sector, has delivered 50 cruise ships. A further 12 vessels, including the “Le Boreal”, are under construction or due to be built within 2012 at the group’s shipyards.

Trieste, 1st October 2009