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V.Group gets an order for expedition ships

London - Ship-management market leader V.Group is expanding its crewing activities. The latest order comes from cruise ship operator Mystic Cruises

London - Ship-management market leader V.Group is expanding its crewing activities. The latest order comes from cruise ship operator Mystic Cruises.

The subsidiary V.Ships Leisure has announced that crew management services for the areas such as deck, engine room and hotel will be taken over for the 9,300 gross register tonnage ship “World Explorer”.

The vessel, which is currently under the final stages of construction at WestSea Viana Shipyard in Portugal will be delivered to Mystic Cruises in the second quarter of 2019. With capacity for 200 passengers, World Explorer will be Mystic Cruises’ first newbuild expedition vessel, and will feature innovative hybrid power management technology.

World Explorer will be on charter to Nicko Cruises during the summer and to Quark Expeditions during the Antarctica season. The vessel is the first in a planned series of up to 10 expedition vessels for Mystic Cruises, which intends to operate them with various charterers and directly through their new office in the USA.

“We decided to partner with V.Ships Leisure due to its proven track record in the cruise market. We are also confident in the team’s capability to meet our various and demanding crew management needs, and to provide us with relevant access to a world-leading independent crew network and world-class systems,” said Mario Ferreira, ceo of Mystic Cruises, commenting on the partnership.

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