Swan Hellenic has laid the keel and named its second ship, SH Vega.
Named after the first vessel to navigate the Arctic Northeast Passage, SH Vega is the second of three ice-class expedition ships that the company has planned.
The ceremony included the customary placement of coins, with Helsinki Shipyard Project Manager Jonas Packalén, Lloyd´s Register representative Jukka Hujanen and Helsinki Shipyard Chairman Victor Olersky doing the honours.
The vessel will provide luxury accommodation for 152 guests within 76 staterooms and suites, most of which will have balconies. There will be a crew of 120.
SH Minerva, the first ship in the series, will be delivered in November 2021, while Vega is due early the following year. The third vessel, which will be the largest of the three, is scheduled for delivery towards the end of 2022.
“New builds Minerva and Vega are designed for extreme weather conditions, from the heavy ice of the polar regions to the heat and humidity of the tropics. And they’re naturally designed to respect the sensitive ecosystems of the unspoilt regions they explore,” said Jonas Packalén project manager.
Swan Hellenic CEO Andrea Zito said: “Delivering to such a demanding schedule while maintaining the highest quality standards is a fantastic achievement. We’re honoured and thrilled to take Swan Hellenic into its next chapter with such fine ships and look forward to welcoming you on board to see what others don’t.”