On 12 December 2022 Helsinki Shipyard, having received bids for the auction of NB 518, announced that Swan Hellenic has been awarded the tender.
Helsinki Shipyard exercised the right to sell the ship by tender, provided for by the shipbuilding contract, after the original buyer failed to take delivery of the ship.
The auction ended at midnight on 9 December with Swan Hellenic being declared the winner.
The Shipyard and Swan Hellenic will now enter into a new agreement for the completion of the vessel, which is scheduled to be delivered in March 2023, in time to start cultural expedition cruises of the Mediterranean from the beginning of April as planned.
Andrea Zito, CEO of Swan Hellenic Limited, said:
‘We are happy to have secured SH Diana, a Polar Class PC6 vessel with state-of-the-art ship technology and sustainability that will enter service as planned in April. We look forward to welcoming our guests aboard SH Diana to experience our cultural expedition cruises in the historic regions.’
Kim Salmi, Helsinki Shipyard’s CEO said:
‘The shipyard is satisfied with multiple inquiries and received bids. We are also happy to announce Swan Hellenic as winner of the tender, as it naturally helps with the next step: the fast agreement and continuation of works for completion of the vessel, according to the plan, in March”.
SH Diana Fastfile:
Builder: Helsinki Shipyard OY, 2023
Class: Polar ice-class expedition ship (PC6)
Classification: Lloyds Register
Capacity: 192 guests and 141 staff
Guest staterooms & suites: 96 including 11 suites (80% with large panoramic balconies)
Crew staterooms: 73
Dimensions: 124.9m x 24.3m, max draft 5.70m
Gross tonnage: 12,145
Engines Hybrid Diesel Electric – 4x Medium speed