Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Home of the Giants: France's Chantiers de l’Atlantique Shipyard Is Building the World's Largest Cruise Ship

....with one (maybe two) little problem(s).

But first, the #2,3,4,5 largest ships ever built:
...And speaking of big, the Saint-Nazaire yard built four of these suckers, second only to the 657,019 DWT Happy Giant as the largest ultra-super-mega tankers. Batillus was the lead ship of the class:
Batillus class tanker, 555,000 DWT.
We've mentioned it a few times.

From MarineLink:
Delivery of World's Largest Cruise Ship Delayed Due to COVID-19
Delivery of the world's largest cruise ship Wonder of the Seas has been delayed due to coronavirus impacts at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.

The shipyard delays mean Royal Caribbean's new record-breaking cruise ship will not enter service from Shanghai in spring 2021 as planned, a spokesperson for the cruise line confirmed to MarineLink after the news was announced on Royal Caribbean's Chinese website. A new delivery has not been specified.

The 362-meter Wonder of the Seas will be slightly larger than its 228,081-ton Oasis-class sister ship Symphony of the Seas delivered in 2018, making it the world's largest cruise ship, with capacity for more than 5,500 passengers and 2,200 crew. It will also be the first Oasis-class vessel to debut in the Asia-Pacific market.

Wonder of the Seas is Royal Caribbean's fifth Oasis-class vessel and the third to built by the French shipyard, following Harmony of the Seas delivered in 2016 and Symphony of the Seas. The other two ships in the class, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, were delivered from STX Europe's Turku Shipyard in 2009 and 2010....
That's one of the problems.
The other is that Chantiers de l’Atlantique needs its customer to stay in business long enough to make the final payments before the yard turns over the keys.

Back in January the shipyard announced:
French Shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlantique Nabs a Big Order
From LNG World News:
Chantiers de l’Atlantique bags MSC Cruises LNG pair