The shipping company “Vodohod” and “United Shipbuilding Corporation” signed a contract for building a four deck passenger cruise vessel of the project PV300LMPP-110 of “sea-river” class. New vessel of the 5* category is planned to be introduced into operation in navigation 2020.
Funding of the construction is carried out as part of governmental program “Development of shipbuilding for 2013 – 2030” of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. The partners of the transaction are JSC “United Shipbuilding Corporation” (USC) and CJSC “Goznak-leasing”. The customer is LLC “Vodohod”. The prime contractor of the contract will be the Shipyard PJSC “Krasnoye Sormovo” in Nizhny Novgorod. Completion of building and testing of the passenger vessel is scheduled for 2019 and finishing and handover to the customer by the beginning of navigation 2020. Granted term of the financing of the contract is 20 years (including construction period of the vessel).
There is no doubt that this investment project will expand the horizons of preparation and provision of new touristic products and services on the internal market. It is assumed that a high quality product created from scratch will be in demand by both Russian and International clients. At the same time in the application and innovational sense the new cruise ship will become the true engine of the cruise market, it will give the impetus to the development of the port and touristic infrastructure in the cities along the route. The new product is expected to be in demand by those clients who previously haven’t considered Russian river cruise as a possible destination due to the lack of ships of suitable level in Russia: it is primarily guests from Japan, Europe, Middle Eastern countries, Singapore, Taiwan, Latin American countries and of course Russia. The liner is planned to operate primarily on the route Moscow – St.Petersburg, which is the most popular among foreign guests, but the realization of the tours will be made both on international and domestic markets.
The general features of the project PV300LMPP-110 are the following: length – 141 meters, width – 16,82 meters, passenger capacity – 342 pax, crew and service staff – 144 pax. The motorship is designed basing on the most modern comfort requirements: the cabins will be provided with “French” balconies, size of the standard cabin will be 19 sq. m. and size of suite cabin – 30 sq. m. In fact it will be a modern floating hotel created with the use of the most resent technological developments, with equipment of terraces of full value and with panoramic lounge on the bow of the ship. The special conditions on the vessel will be created for the comfortable stay of the guests with disabilities.