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Work begins in France on world’s largest cruise liner

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Video by FRANCE 24

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-09-24

Work begins this week in France on what is set to be the world's biggest cruise ship, some 360 metres long and 28 floors high, by the same company that built the iconic RMS Queen Mary II.

The world’s biggest cruise liner goes into construction on the west coast of France next year, but not before the harbor is ready to accommodate the massive vessel, which will weigh some 270,000 GRT on completion.

French construction giant STX France, which was commissioned by US cruiseline Royal Caribbean to build the ship, has received a specially-built portico from China in order to be able to accommodate the Oasis 3 liner and its progenies.

The ship will measure 360 metres in length and be built with a record 60,000 tonnes of steel at a cost of one billion euros.

The Saint Nazaire shipyard is famous for having built some of the world’s most impressive cruise liners, including the iconic RMS Queen Mary II.

STX France CEO Laurent Castaing described the project as “one of the biggest challenges ever undertaken in the history of our company”.

Date created : 2013-09-24

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