Continued shipyard problems delay Scenic ship again

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours said the debut of its
first 200-passenger luxury expedition ship, Scenic Eclipse, has been pushed
back to Aug. 15.

“The ongoing financial challenges faced by the Uljanik shipyard,
where Scenic Eclipse is being built, have caused a range of ongoing impacts,”
Scenic said. The company said a Scenic team has taken over the lead role in
completing the ship.

According to a Scenic statement, shipyard workers have not
been paid full salaries since August 2018, which has led to strikes and
manpower shortages as well as several other shipyard disruptions.

Scenic said its team includes 115 cruise specialists from
Finland, Italy, the U.K. and Norway, who are cooperating with the shipyard’s
remaining management team and subcontractors.

It said Uljanik Group, a consortium comprised of the
Croatian DIV group and Italian shipyard Fincantieri, was named as the new owner
of Uljanik on Feb. 7.

Scenic has twice before delayed the arrival of the ship,
which was originally scheduled for last year. 

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