Saturday, November 18, 2006
Today at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard there was the launch of the “Fram”, ordered by the Norwegian owner Hurtigruten Group.
The Group, a market leader in Norway, has a fleet of 54 vessels: fast ferries and ships for passengers, 11 vessels for short sea shipping, known as Hurtigruten or Coastal Express, and two cruise ships.
The owner intends to use the new vessel for summer cruises in Greenland while in winter the ship will be engaged in short sea shipping along the west coasts of Norway.
Representing Hurtigruten Group at the ceremony there was the President, Ole Lund and the Chief Executive Officer, Henrik Andenæs, while Fincantieri was represented by its Chairman, Corrado Antonini and its Chief Executive Officer, Giuseppe Bono.
Godmother to the ship was Francesca Gon.
Due for delivery in spring 2007 the ship incorporates special features in consideration of the seas in which she will sail, indeed she has been built to be highly robust for navigation in waters where there is ice. At 113 metres long and 20 wide with a gross tonnage of approximately 12,000 tonnes, the ship will have 177 cabins and will be able to accommodate up to 500 passengers. In addition, the vessel will have four refrigerated holds, a loading capacity of 200 pallets and a garage for approximately 25 vehicles.
Great care has been devoted to the design of the public areas - approximately 3,000 square metres - which feature: a restaurant, a bistrò and an Internet cafè, two conference rooms, a panorama terrace and a fitness area, with sauna and hydro massage pool. The design will reflect themes selected by artists from Norway and Greenland who have been called to express their views on the ship’s interior design.
The owner’s desire to recall Norway’s national identity is also expressed in the vessel’s name: launched in 1892 “Fram” is the ship which carried out important exploratory voyages at the turn of the 19th century, including the historical enterprise of Roald Amundsen, who, on 4 December 1911, became the first man to reach the South Pole.

This ship, which, given its particular features constitutes a new venture for Monfalcone shipyard, is further proof of Fincantieri’s position as reference builder also for operators in North Europe.
The shipyard’s orderbook also comprises three 113,000-ton cruise ships – the “Emerald Princess”, the “Caribbean Princess” and the “Ventura” – and a 130,000-ton cruise vessel for different brands in the Carnival Group which will be delivered by mid 2009.