Scenic hit by ship­builder upheaval

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SCENIC is weath­er­ing turmoil in the con­struc­tion of its ex­pe­di­tion ves­sel Scenic Eclipse, with strik­ing work­ers and a fi­nan­cial cri­sis forc­ing a change of board at the ves­sel’s Croa­t­ian ship­builder.

Af­ter in­dus­trial ac­tion and al­le­ga­tions that work­ers had not been paid, the Pula-based Ul­janik Group ap­pointed a new Chair­man and three-mem­ber man­age­ment board on Fri in a bid to avoid fi­nan­cial col­lapse.

Lo­cal me­dia re­port that talks are now un­der­way with cred­i­tors and gov­ern­ment over a re­struc­ture.

In a state­ment, Scenic Chair­man Glen Moroney said con­struc­tion of Eclipse was pro­gress­ing and that in­dus­trial dis­putes at the ship­yard had been re­solved.

How­ever, he said Scenic had taken full own­er­ship of Eclipse “given the yard’s chal­lenges” and was con­tract­ing sup­pli­ers directly to en­sure the build con­tin­ued.

“The Ul­janik Group is 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,” Moroney said.

“De­spite the dif­fi­cult en­vi­ron­ment, Scenic’s su­per­vi­sory team, along with 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,” he said.

Scenic did not say whether the dis­rup­tion would fur­ther de­lay the launch of Eclipse, the de­but of which has al­ready been pushed back from Aug to Jan ( CW 05 Jul).

The op­er­a­tor said an­other up­date was likely “in the next week or so”.

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