SH Minerva, the first of three Vega-class ships under construction in Helsinki for the heritage brand of Swan Hellenic, was appointed to the Helsinki shipyard this week. The small private baptism ceremony took place on Tuesday afternoon with the godmother Johanna MÃ¤kelÃ¤, Finland’s first professor of culinary culture and wife of the mayor of the city of Helsinki, Juhana Vartiainen. Mayor Vartiainen was also present, as well as CEO of Swan Hellenic Andrea Zito and senior management of the Helsinki Shipyard.
SH Minerva is due to leave the shipyard early next week.
The series of three 115m luxury expedition cruise ships have a PC5 ice reinforced hull combined with extra large stabilizers and are designed for a premium cruising experience in a global cruising area with strong preference for high latitude areas. The ships have a high quality Scandinavian-inspired exterior and interior design. Accommodation is provided for 152 passengers and 120 crew members.
The vessels are designed to meet the latest requirements of environmental regulations. SH Minerva is completely autonomous for up to 40 days or 8,000 nautical miles. Preparations are being made to implement battery technology, which would allow quiet operation. The ships are equipped with an exhaust gas cleaning system, an advanced wastewater treatment system and waste storage facilities necessary for operation in sensitive polar areas.
The celebration follows disruptions in the global supply chain and recent spikes in COVID-19 cases in Finland. At the christening, Helsinki Shipyard Project Manager Jonas PackalÃ©n said: âWe are happy to finally see this day, following the many global challenges that have made our job far from easy. Our special thanks to everyone involved in the project for their unwavering dedication and superb work!
Swan Hellenic CEO Andrea Zito added: âI too would like to congratulate everyone in Helsinki for their impeccable job under difficult circumstances and the strict safety measures which have kept SH Minerva a safe environment at all times. . The vessel was completed just 26 months after the contract was signed, which is a remarkable achievement. We are now very eager to take our clients to see what others don’t, exploring in exceptional comfort and style.