CRUISE & FERRIES

UNIQUE SHIPS FOR UNIQUE CUSTOMERS
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Cruise & Ferries Business Area Cruise Vessels Ferries Challenging the future

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THE OASIS CLASS
Colossal, overwhelming, incredible. These are just some of the adjectives that have been used to describe the Oasis class vessels. The Oasis project consists of two sister ships – Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas – of 225,000 Gross tonnage and 361 meters (1,181 feet), providing a showcase for naval architectural excellence. The Oasis class vessels represent an enormous step into the future with their bold design, daring innovation and technological advancements.

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UNDERSTANDING CUSTOMERS’ NEEDS

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FREEDOM CLASS CRUISE SHIPS
When delivered, the Freedom Class Cruise Ships were the world’s largest and most innovative floating cities. The two first sisters of the class, Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas, the 3,600-guest ships (double occupancy) sail yearround, seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Miami. The third of the sisters, Independence of the Seas, delivered from the Turku yard in spring 2008, is sailing in the Mediterranean from her homeport in Southampton.

Our knowledge of passenger ship construction can be experienced where ever the modern ships sail. STX Europe has the innovative approach to building vessels of unequalled performance – best described by superlatives. What we actually build are facilities for wonderful experiences for the passengers and efficient passenger services – the facilities that make our customers’ business successful. Understanding the customers’ needs makes us the preferred partner in shipbuilding industry.

DEMANDING ARTS
New, larger ships, with ever-more imaginative onboard amenities and activities, are important trends in cruise ships and passenger ferries. Design and construction of passenger vessels are demanding arts, especially for today’s large newbuildings.

DECADES OF EXPERIENCE
Safety, reliability, and comfort are achieved by applying proven technologies, based on years of experience. Precision project management allows us to incorporate innovative design features while meeting the tight construction schedules required for on-time delivery of unique cruise ships and ferries.

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CREATING EXCELLENCE
SUPERIOR EXPERTISE
STX Europe has a highly respected tradition of building first-class luxury cruise ships and comfortable passenger ferries. Construction of cruise ships demands a great deal of expertise beyond that involved in standard shipbuilding. The quality and workmanship of components installed in the ships’ hotel and other passenger areas are crucial for the vessel’s marketing success and guest satisfaction.

QUEEN MARY 2
Queen Mary 2 is the world’s grandest Ocean Liner ever built, and she comes with an unprecedented cache of luxuries and innovations. Three-quarters of her staterooms have balconies, and she is one of the roomiest vessels anywhere. 14 decks of sports facilities, shops, bars, lounges, five pools and 10 restaurants offer plentiful amenities for the passengers.

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CRUISE VESSELS

SUPERLATIVE CRUISE SH DESIGN AND INNOVATIO
The assembly yard scheme applied at STX Europe Cruise & Ferries shipyards allow for the shortest possible throughput times, excellent quality, and overall economy. Advanced project management, construction supervision, highly skilled personnel, and the yards’ large network of advanced suppliers are all vital for successful, on-time deliveries of large, sophisticated vessels.

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HIP N

MSC Opera, Carnival Miracle, Adventure of the Seas, Costa Mediterranea, Crystal Serenity, Coral Princess

We at STX Europe are well aware of the factors affecting the cruise business. In addition to cruise destination, the cabin standard on board is the most important criterion for passengers selecting their cruise. Increasing the number of outside cabins has always been an important design target. In the new cruise ships more passenger cabins are located in the superstructure, and balconies are an important sales feature. An important target for a cruise operator is to encourage the passengers to use and take part in the different activities on board. Large shopping facilities, alternative dining and more gambling space have all been important. The introduction of new activities, like ice skating and rockwall climbing have been very efficient means of increasing revenue. The bigger the ship is, the more alternatives can be located on board.

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A new innovative stateroom concept is equipping the room with a convertible area. It offers the passengers freedom to convert a part of the stateroom from interior area into outdoor balcony area simply by turning curved glass walls. The Convertible Balcony Stateroom has been developed by STX Europe’s Cabin Manufacturing.

NEW STAGE EXPERIENCES FOR CRUISE PASSENGERS
Today’s active passengers do not settle for the commonplace when looking for holiday dreams. They want memorable stage experiences and authentic performances. That’s why we look at our ships from the customer’s point of view, building the kind of vessels that offer the most appropriate surroundings for such experiences. Naturally, we also pay special attention to cabin standard, and overall safety and reliability.

FUTURES RESEARCH FOR INNOVATIVE CONCEPTS
Combining aesthetic characteristics and superior usability is a very challenging task. To avoid compromises, where both intentions are diminished, an innovative approach is needed.We have proven our ability to build vessels which are attractive to the most demanding tastes and we will strive for similar achievements even in the future. In cooperation with the Finland Futures Research Centre of the Turku School of Economics we systematically produce alternative views of the future with related scenarios for potential ship concepts. Our present futures research focuses on producing scenarios relating to energy efficiency and costeffectiveness, as well as the visualisation and assessment of the features of future cruise ships from the viewpoint of next generation users of the services.The tools we employ include the latest survey methods and futures workshops that can be organised even for potential customers. Using these methos, operating environments are examined from various perspectives, exploring the impacts of driving forces, weak signals and wild cards on the future development of our industry.

HSE – HEALTH, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT
There are strict rules for passenger ship safety that must be followed in the design work. The goal for passenger vessels is that “the ship itself is its best lifeboat”. This means that in case of casualty both passengers and crew can stay safely onboard as the ship proceeds to port. But for us safety means more. Safety, reliability and environmental friendliness are matters of course in shipbuilding. HSE matters are very important also from the customers’ point of view. Marketing of the new ship starts immediately after signing the shipbuilding contract, and everything that happens in each phase of the project will be public in the media. Accordingly, we want to protect our customers from any unfavourable publicity; we have zero tolerance for any health, safety or environmental risks. We have an ambitious goal of “zero incidents” in HSE matters. We are proactive in our HSE work and do not “walk away” when we see breaches of HSE rules – we care.

CERTIFICATION
The Management System of STX Europe Cruise & Ferries has by DNV Certification been found to fullfil the requirements of the following standards: ISO9001:2000 Quality Management standard OHSAS18001:1999 Occupational Health and Safety specification ISO14001:2004 Environmental Management standard

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FERRIES

COMFORT FOR PEOPLE, EFFICIENCY FOR FREIGHT

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The ferry business has become an important segment for ship operators. The various needs in each route have led to the development of dedicated ferry types, each tailored for a different mix of passengers, cars and cargo. STX Europe is the market leader in the building of ferries. Superior usability, efficient operating and a high standard of passenger comfort are trademarks of the solutions that we can provide.
A LEADING SUPPLIER OF MODERN FERRIES
Through our experience of designing and building an unrivalled number of car-passenger ferries we have learnt that our deep involvement in a project often leads to innovations that considerably increase the value of our customer’s original demands. By understanding our customers we lead the way.

GETTING THERE FAST
In some routes a short crossing time is decisive, and therefore a new concept of fast ferries was needed. STX Europe is building several vessels of this new ferry type. Each solution is tailored for the specific needs of each customer, speed and efficiency still always being the key characteristics.

MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES WHILE TRAVELLING
In today’s cruise ferries the passengers expect festive experiences onboard. These ferries often operate on overnight routes, and comfortable cabins are an important pleasure factor. Large and cosy public spaces with efficient passenger flow make the trip enjoyable for the passengers and profitable for the operator.

EFFICIENT FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION
Ferries which mainly serve freight traffic but can take more passengers than the maximum 12 of a cargo vessel, RoPax ferries, are designed to provide maximum efficiency in loading and offloading of cars, wheeled cargo and passengers. These vessels have large and easily loaded decks for lorries, trailers and cars. In addition to comfortable facilities for other passengers, there are also separate areas for lorry drivers.

Baltic Princess, Color Super Speed 1 & 2, Tallink Star, Napoleon Bonaparte, Viking XPRS, Ulysses

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COLOR FANTASY AND COLOR MAGIC
Color Fantasy and Color Magic are the largest cruise ships with car decks in the world. They are custom-built for short cruises with very highclass interior standard, paying special attention to passengers’ on board experience. The vessels can carry 2,750 passengers and 250 crew.

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BALTIC PRINCESS AND GALAXY FOR TALLINK
MS Baltic Princess and MS Galaxy are designed to carry passengers, private cars and freight units. 927 cabins, several restaurants and entertainment of various styles and standards, as well as a remarkable conference centre with over 450 seats make the new sister ships multi-functional sea-based hotels with excellent ambience.

VIKING XPRS
The Viking XPRS concept, which was developed over a three-year period, brings together the best qualities of conventional car ferries and highspeed catamarans. It combines comfort, on-board service and reliability with short crossing time regardless of weather conditions (1 A Super ice class). The vessel represents the highest environmental standard on its route, between Helsinki and Tallinn.

MV COTENTIN FOR BRITTANY FERRIES
MV Cotentin for Brittany Ferries is intended for trade in the western English Channel. The performance of the vessel is designed taking into account the rough sea conditions at the western part of the channel as well as at the Bay of Biscay. The sea area requires excellent seaworthiness of hull and machinery as well as structural integrity of all equipment onboard. A new vessel for Brittany Ferries, MV Armorique, is currently under construction at our Helsinki yard.

COLOR SUPERSPEED 1 & 2
Color Superspeed vessels represent an efficient transport solution with a capacity to carry 1,900 passengers and with over 2,000 metres of trailer lane. There are no cabins onboard the Superspeed vessels, as they are designed for fast, efficient and comfortable crossings: the new ships have an operational cruising speed of 27 knots, and the passage time varies from 3 to 4 hours.

TWO LARGE FERRIES FOR P&O FERRIES 
The two vessels are under construction at our Rauma yard, and scheduled for delivery in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Becoming the largest ferries in the English Channel means two 49,000 GT vessels with the length of 210 metres and having 2,700 lane metres of vehicle space. The vessels will be capable of carrying up to 2,000 passengers. The ferries will be as environmentally friendly as possible, offering significant advances in fuel efficiency through a hydrodynamically efficient hull form.

CRUISE 5 FOR TALLINK
The 212 metres long and 29 m wide vessel delivered from the Rauma yard is one of the biggest and fastest cruise ferries in the Baltic Sea, with capacity for 2,800 passengers and a speed of 24 knots. The guiding principle in designing the vessel has been the comfort and luxury of present-day passengers. With over 900 cabins, high-tech solutions, several restaurants and entertainment of various styles, as well as a remarkable conference centre, this ship is a multi-functional sea-based hotel with excellent ambience.

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CRUISE INTO THE FUTURE WITH STX EUROPE
The design and construction of a passenger ship requires sound knowledge of ship technology and careful consideration of safety and reliability issues. The ship operator prefers high passenger capacity and efficient hotel and cargo operations, which are the key factors for profitability. The passengers expect unique experiences. Only satisfied passengers become repeat passengers and choose a cruise again for their next vacation or recommend a cruise to their friends.
The potential passengers of tomorrow have many options on which to spend their free time and money. The next generation of passenger ships must offer a multitude of services and activities for the passengers. Passengers expect value for money, but at the same time they are looking for new experiences and are willing to pay if they find what they want. It is time for new innovations.

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LIFELONG PROFITABILITY
High-quality cruise ships and ferries have long lifetimes. Vessel modifications, though, can make their lifecycles more profitable. Vessel owners view upgrades as both cost-effective and a good way to secure customer loyalty. Conversion, passenger area improvements and ships’ system upgrades are provided for cruise ships and passenger ferries by Lifecycle Services in STX Europe. Turnkey services include technology, know-how, project management, consulting, project development, project management, construction, upgrading, maintenance, and spare parts. The project sales and consulting agency ship service in STX Europe has been established in the state of Florida, USA to support our customers operating in North America and the Caribbean.

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VISION

"THE LEADING BUILDER OFFSHORE VESSELS IN

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OF CRUISE AND THE WORLD "

Most desirable employer Cutting-edge innovation and technology

HSE mindset

Leveraged synergies

Hands-on management

Deliver on promises

DELIVERABLES
Most eco-friendly solutions Industry leading profitability

VALUES

Optimum efficiency

Customer driven

Open and ethical

Cooperative

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STX Europe is an international shipbuilding group which aims to be the leading builder of cruise and offshore vessels. The group has a strong position in terms of developing state-of-the-art concepts, technology, processes and products for customers around the world. STX Europe ASA comprises 15 shipyards in Finland, France, Norway, Romania, Brazil and Vietnam, and is also a part owner of three yards in Germany and Ukraine. STX Europe has approx. 16 000 employees. Formerly known as Aker Yards ASA, the group changed its name to STX Europe in November 2008. STX Finland Cruise Oy P.O. Box 666 (Telakkakatu 1) FI-20101 Turku, Finland finland@stxeurope.com

www.stxeurope.com

11/2008 BRIIFFI / PAINOPRISMA

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