Vard delivers Hanseatic Inspiration to Hapag-Lloyd

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Vard shipbuilders have delivered Hanseatic Inspiration to Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

This is the second Vard 6 07 vessel to be delivered to Hapag-Lloyd by Vard Langsten in Norway, following sister ship Hanseatic Nature. A third vessel, Hanseatic Spirit, is scheduled for completion in 2021. The ships will make expeditions to remote regions including the Arctic, the Antarctic and the Amazon.

Hanseatic Inspiration’s hull is 139m (456ft) long and 22m (72ft) wide, has seven passenger decks and capacity for up to 230 passengers in 120 cabins. The ship will be manned by around 175 crew members. Passenger facilities include a water sports marina and spa and fitness areas. Hanseatic inspiration has the high ice classification for passenger ships, DNV class PC6.

The ship was built through a collaboration between the facilities in the global Vard and Fincantieri network, in cooperation with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The hull was built at Vard Tulcea in Romania, before being towed to Vard Langsten in Norway in March 2019 for final outfitting. The interior is the work of Fincantieri Group’s Marine Interiors, with additional outfitting by Vard Electro, Vard Accommodation and Vard Piping. Successful sea trials were completed in August 2019

“I am delighted to deliver Hanseatic Inspiration, the second high-class, expedition cruise vessel in this new Hanseatic series from the Vard network to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises,” said Ronny Langset, yard director at Vard Langsten. “It is always a pleasure to see the teamwork and interaction between all involved partners in such advanced projects; the solution-oriented and hard work of our employees, the classification society DNV GL, and all contractors and suppliers, in harmony with the excellent collaboration with the team at Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.”

Mauro Leboffe, Vard’s executive director, cruise, said of the expedition cruise market: “This is a growth sector and Vard, with full support from Fincantieri’s cruise experience, and through its collaborations with leading ship owners such as Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, has consolidated a position as an innovative, trusted and high-quality partner within the expedition cruise industry. As Hanseatic Inspiration ably demonstrates, we focus on designs that mix beauty with functionality, builds that exude quality throughout, and final deliveries that are on time and according to the most demanding specifications. Together with our customers, we have the expertise this sector requires, and the ambition to realise unique, safe and eventful cruises for passengers all around the world.”

The official naming ceremony for Hanseatic Inspiration will take place at the Port of Hamburg on 11 October 2019.

Image: Hapag-Lloyd on YouTube

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Marisa has been writing about transport design and the passenger experience since 2013 and is also a contributor to sister titles Aircraft Interiors International and Business Jet Interiors International. She has travelled the world extensively by car, plane, train and cruise liner.

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