The world leader in cruise ship building,Fincantieri, and CSSC (China State Shipbuilding Corporation), China’s biggest shipbuilding conglomerate, signed an agreement for constitution of a joint venture aimed at developing the growth of Chinese cruise industry. This major step allows Fincantieri to gain the leading role monitoring a strategic market with high potential.
The signing took place yesterday, July 4, in Shanghai between the CEO of Fincantieri, Mr. Giuseppe Bono, the President of CSSC, Mr. Wu Qiang, and the Chairman of CSSC Cruise Technology Development and of the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding facility (SWS), Mr. Wang Qi.
Attending the ceremony were Ambassador of Italy to the People's Republic of China Mr. Ettore Sequi, Consul General of Italy in Shanghai Mr. Stefano Beltrame, Chinese Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology Mr. Xin Guobin, Vice Mayor of Shanghai Ms. Zhao Wen, for Carnival Corporation the Chief Operations Officer of Carnival Asia Mr. Michael Ungerer, and many authorities from the Chinese Government and the municipality of Shanghai.
The agreement, which follows the historic ones signed with CSSC and Carnival Corp. in November 2014, provides that the joint venture will design and sell cruise ships exclusively intended and specifically customized for the Chinese and Asian market. These vessels will be built at one of CSSC’s shipyards, the SWS facility, on the basis of a technological platform licensed to the joint venture and to the SWS shipyard by Fincantieri, which will therefore perform the activities within its competence through the joint venture.
In order to ensure the success of the cooperation and to benefit from Fincantieri’s global experience and expertise in the development and construction of cruise ships, the agreement envisages that Fincantieri will also provide specialized consultancy services and supply certain key components of the vessels to the joint venture and to SWS.
According to the Chinese Ministry of Transport (MOT) the cruise market in China expanded significantly in the last years, reaching 1 million passengers in 2015. The growth potentials are estimated in 4.5 million passengers by 2020, projecting China to become the world’s second largest cruise market after the U.S., and in 8-10 million passengers by 2030 with a double-digit growth per year. If this trend is confirmed, the Chinese market is expected to become the first overall.