New cruise ship in the NIS

  • Published: 26/09/2017

Viking Cruises has ordered no less than eight cruise ships that will fly the Norwegian flag. The Viking Sun, the fourth of these ships, was delivered from the shipyard in Italy on Monday 25 September. In October, the ship will welcome its first cadets.

The cruise ship Viking Sun at the Fincantieri ship building yard in Ancona, Italy.
PHOTO: Sjøfartsdirektoratet

Like its sister ships, the Viking Sun will be registered in the Norwegian International Ship Register (NIS) immediately after being delivered from the Italian shipyard Fincantieri S.p.A.

“We are proud that the shipowner once again chooses the NIS. With a growing fleet, Norway will have an even greater impact in the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which draws up requirements and legislation. Through these projects, our expertise within the cruise ship segment has also increased,” says Director General of Shipping and Navigation, Olav Akselsen.

 

PROVIDES TRAINEE POSITIONS

Akselsen is also pleased that young people now have the opportunity to serve their training period on board Norwegian cruise ships. From the time when the Viking Star was registered in March 2015 until today, a total of 18 apprentices and cadets have served on board the ships. Four of them have been offered permanent employment after finishing their training period. In October, two more cadets will get the opportunity to serve their cadetship on board the brand new ship Viking Sun.

CLOSE COOPERATION

In the Norwegian Maritime Authority, the Department of Ship Registration and the Section for Passenger Vessels have been very involved in the cruise ship projects.

“Since the first meeting about flagging in the Viking Star in Bergen, the NMA has developed an effective collaborative relationship with the company, the shipyard and the ships’ classification society, Lloyd’s Register. We have learned a lot, and we highly appreciate this cooperation,” says Erik Landa at the Section for Passenger Vessels at the NMA. Among other things, they have participated in trial runs and tests of equipment at the shipyard in Ancona, from which they have gained useful experience.

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