NIT has been selected as the exclusive supplier by Vard Accommodation for the two Hapag-Lloyd Cruises newbuilds on order at Vard in Norway.
NIT will supply all public interior areas for two new expedition vessels, the company said.
Both new ships are designed for cruises in polar and tropical regions, and they will be classified in a five-star category for passengers.
“We will be challenged by the highest possible standards and requirements in this project,” said CEO Jari Suominen of NIT. “Expedition vessels are an exciting shipbuilding niche for us. The worldwide demand for luxury ships is growing very quickly.”
According to Vard, both new ships will have seven passenger decks which will accommodate 230 passengers.
The hulls of the new ships will be builrt in Vard’s shipyard in Tulcea, Romania. The outfitting work will take place in the Langsten shipyard, in Norway, by Vard Accommodation.
NIT is a Finnish turnkey maritime supplier which has provided interior areas to more than 50 large vessels, including some of the largest cruise ships in the world. NIT was the first turnkey supplier chosen by Vard for this project. The NIT areas include a luxurious spa, a fine dining restaurant, staircases, outdoor deck areas, balconies and many more smaller spaces. The total area is approximately 6,000 m2 for each ship.
“This is our first project in Norway,” Suominen said, “We are very happy that Vard secured a deal with us in the early stages of this project. I expect that our team will contribute strongly to the design and engineering together with the architects and Hapag-Lloyd.”