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STX France has interest towards Finnish maritime contractors

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.

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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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Industrial exhibitions, targeted marketing to market at Cruise shipping Miami

Marketing in business to business environment is all about the connections and communication to correct audience. There are several outstanding events to take part and communicate with the industry. Networking, direct sales, new leads and valuable customer contacts are available at conventions and exhibitions. As we see, it we have the perfect setup to communicate one to many. We introduce our network of professional in magazines, do directed web marketing in SEO, social media and banner advertising but one of the most important features it to be seen in is a well-chosen exhibition. This week, www.SHIPSU.com is attending in Cruise Shipping Miami.

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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 is going to be built in STX France shipyard starting in January 2013

First, I’d like to congratulate RCCL for the new vessel in the pipeline. RCCL’s president Mr. Richard Fain has commented to the media, that the Oasis –class vessels have been a huge success, which I strongly believe. The third oasis class ship and the possible option has demand in the market. As analysed in the earlier posts about the third Oasis –type series, RCCL’s EBITDA levels have risen since both Oasis and Allure of the Seas vessels have been in service. Economics of scale matters!
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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 is reality and STX Finland will build it in Turku?

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:

  1. Finnish shipbuilding  cluster and government
  2. Royal Caribbean Cruises
  3. 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.

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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 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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