It seems, that STX France is having real interest towards the Finnish maritime contractors, who have done works in STX Finland in previous Oasis-class projects. According to news today, STX France may be contracting Finnish maritime subcontractors in RCI’s third Oasis –class vessel project, which we wrote a lot late 2012. The news talked about decent amount of orders, summing up to 100+ million Euros. This is absolutely great news for Finnish shipbuilding cluster, who have excellent references in Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas projects.
I took advantage of the high quality blog posts and professional journals gathering the news of Finnish shipyards now being for sale and do not write anything about the things around it. To summarize: STX Groups problems have escalated into level, which forces the current decision makers to sell parts of the group, including STX Europe, which basically consist of STX Finland and STX France. There is a strategic interest for French government to buy the majority of their navy service provider but that is not the case in Finland. At least not in the Turku shipyard, which is known more of the fine cruise vessels. Rauma shipyard however, is strategically important for Finnish navy. Rauma is known for special vessels and it has been suffering of the unclear political decision making regarding sulphur regulations, which has frozen the newbuilding of pax vessels in certain areas in the world. Well, problems in financial environment have a lot to do in that sector as well.
The final part of a three-part blog series concerning the third Oasis Class ship is here. This series was a short speculation, which consisted of three dimensions and this is the third one:
- Finnish shipbuilding cluster and government
- Royal Caribbean Cruises
- STX Finland – Turku shipyard and the group
I write this post in the evening of 22. November 2012. I have no insider information but I’ve kept my eyes and ears open and pulled all strings together. I’m quite certain, that RCCL will order the third Oasis class ship from STX Finland Turku shipyard. The announcement of that will take place in the late November or early December. These are not horsemen’s information offices latest but a logical chain of reasoning. I’m rather interested to hear if there is something more into it, we are living interesting times.