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Marine Log

March 13, 2008

Halifax Shipyard loses cruise ship order

The late delivery of a new 214 passenger cruise ship under construction for Pearl Seas Cruises of Guildford, Conn., at the Irving-owned Halifax Shipyard in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has caused the cancellation of a summer sailing schedule and led to a decision not to have a second ship built in Halifax, reports the Nova Scotia Chronicle Herald.

The newspaper quotes Pearl Seas president Charles Robertson as saying that the ship--Pearl Seas Cruises' first under a two ship contract with Irving--was originally scheduled to be delivered in late May but that construction is behind schedule, and it will not likely be delivered until October.

"I think the shipyard has had unexpected delays and things have taken longer than expected," Mr. Robertson said. "I think probably manpower seems to be an issue. Alberta is competing for manpower with Halifax, so that may be part of it."

The newspaper says that delay in construction of the vessel and the Canadian dollar's strength have caused Pearl Seas to rethink where a second ship will be built.

"The second ship, as of now, will not be built in Halifax, and we will announce the yard that will build the second ship in April," Mr. Robertson is quoted as saying.

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