Scenic Eclipse build update
- A statement from our Chairman, Glen Moroney
"As you can see from the video and time lapse images, there are only a few balconies and the heli deck to mount and then the hull and superstructure will be complete. NB scaffolding around the ship is for workers to prepare the hull for final painting.
There are over 700 workers on day shift during the week, over 150 on evening shift and 450 on Saturday, so interior fit-out continues at pace and engine and associated systems commissioning has commenced.
This progress has been achieved despite the shipyard experiencing significant financial issues which, among other things, led to recent strike action (now resolved). The Uljanik group are working with the Croatian Government and the European Union’s Competition Authority to develop a restructuring plan and we hope this process will be completed soon.
Given the yard’s challenges, Scenic took full ownership of Eclipse some time ago and has contracted suppliers directly and funded the project entirely to ensure continuation of the build. Despite the difficult environment, Scenic’s supervisory team, Uljanik’s management and production workers are totally focused on the ship’s completion. Due to the shipyard’s financial situation and strike action we have faced some delays but we continue to address these as they arise.
On the positive side, both Karen and I attend the shipyard in Pula every week and see a very special ship coming to life. No computer generated image or even the video you see here can truly portray the presence of the ship close up. As the public spaces and cabins come together our entire team become more excited about the experiences we will deliver.
For those lucky enough to sail on her you will undoubtedly enjoy a game changing Discovery Cruise Experience, and we as a company are deeply committed to ensuring that is the case at every level."