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MV Werften Lays Keel for Polar-Class Crystal Endeavor

The keel of Crystal Endeavor, the world’s largest and most spacious polar-class expedition yacht, was laid in MV Werften Stralsund shipyard on August 21.

Featuring 20,000 gross tons with just 200 guests, the luxury expedition yacht will be 164 meters long.

Once the traditional lucky coins had been put into place, the 400-ton section was lowered onto the keel blocks.

“We are pleased that after two years of design, we are now able to celebrate the keel laying of the Crystal Endeavor, the most valuable ship to be built at the Stralsund shipyard so far,” Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Genting Hong Kong’s Executive Chairman, CEO, said.

The first steel cut for Crystal Endeavor took place in January. The delivery is scheduled for the end of 2019/early 2020 for a series of charters and Crystal Endeavor’s inaugural season will start after the Tokyo Olympics in August 2020.

“The construction of this sophisticated ship is progressing as planned,” said Peter Fetten, CEO of MV Werften.

“Around 500 employees will be involved in the construction of Crystal Endeavor at the Stralsund site. In addition, around 500 skilled subcontractors will be brought in from outside of the company – creating sustainable value for the region.”