Viking Line cancels Spanish yard order.
BALTIC ferry operator Viking Line has cancelled its newbuilding order at Spanish shipyard Astilleros de Sevilla due to delays in delivery.
The company has also put out tenders with other yards to build two new vessels.
The Finnish company cancelled the order for Viking ADCC, saying it was more than 210 days late. The company placed the order for the 14,600 dwt vessel in February 2007, with delivery in February 2009.
Earlier delays had already led to the delivery being postponed until later in 2009.
While the newbuilding instalments have been covered by bank guarantees, the company said it had lost ?4m ($5.5m) in costs related to the design work and construction supervision.
The vessel was due to operate on the company"s route from Kapellskär, north of Stockholm, and Mariehamn in the Åland Islands. A spokesman for the company said the loss of the new vessel would not affect the company"s operations as the Rosella , which is on the route, will remain there.
He added that the company had also taken the opportunity to put tenders out to nine different yards to build two new vessels.
The two vessels will be of a new design and operate on the route between Turku and Stockholm. Although there is no indication of when the vessels could be ordered, responses from the yards are expected back within a month.