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Third Oasis Class ship is reality but which shipyard is getting the contract to build it?

This week, I started a three-part blog series concerning the third Oasis Class ship to be negotiated between STX Finland and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL). Yesterday 25th October 2012, RCCL had announced in their 3rd interim report and also commented officially into the rumors  which RCCL had earlier declined.  This series of short speculations will have three parts, which consist of three parts and continues with the second one today:

  1. Finnish shipbuilding  cluster and government
  2. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL)
  3. STX Finland – Turku shipyard and the group

In the interim statement, in addition to publishing financial information, RCCL confirmed it is negotiating for construction of another Oasis-type vessel for delivery in middle to late 2016. The company said it has not made an agreement yet, but hopes to do so before year’s end. “The new ship is expected to cost less on a per-berth basis than either of the first two Oasis-class vessels”, RCCL said in a press release. When announcing quarterly results, they were able to announce good news. The company is financially profitable despite of the challenges the Consta Concordia average caused for the industry.

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Mikko Varjanne

Chief Operational Officer, M.sc Econ, Bachelor of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, In maritime industry since 1998

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Third Oasis Class ship – rumour or reality

Finnish newspapers, local newpaper in Turku being the first, have been writing quite a lot about a rumour concerning the third Oasis Class ship to be negotiated between STX Finland and Royal Caribbean Cruises. Currently we, who work for neither one of these parties, can only speculate about the idea. So, let’s speculate a little. I will write this based purely on speculation and pulling all the known rumours and newspaper articles together. This series of short speculations will have three parts, which consist of three angles:

  1. Finnish shipbuilding  cluster and government – Part I
  2. Royal Caribbean Cruises
  3. STX Finland – Turku shipyard and the group

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Mikko Varjanne

Chief Operational Officer, M.sc Econ, Bachelor of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, In maritime industry since 1998

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