Fincantieri and Chantiers de l’Atlantique, two of the Europe’s biggest shipyards, are slowly beginning to return to work following a total shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A lengthy shutdown of all Fincantieri group shipyards in response to Italy’s escalating Coronavirus outbreak resulted in the delayed delivery of new Princess Cruises ship, Enchanted Princess, with its original June debut set to be rescheduled once cruise operations resume.
Fincantieri yards will reopen over the course of several weeks with construction increasing gradually. The shipyard is currently working on a handful of new vessels pencilled in to enter service soon, including Silversea’s Silver Moon and Holland America Line’s Nieuw Ryndam.
Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire is taking similar steps to resume construction, with the team working split shifts to ensure that a maximum of 50 per cent of workers are on site at any time inline with social distancing measures.
The French shipyard is currently midway through the build of MSC Virtuosa, scheduled to join the MSC Cruises fleet later in the year. Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas and Celebrity Beyond, the third Celebrity Cruises Edge-class ship, are both under construction at Chantiers de ‘Atlantique ahead of their delivery next year.