Nor-Shipping and Viking are promising visitors to Oslo a night to remember on 6 June 2019, with a spectacular naming ceremony party for Viking Jupiter. The 47,800 gt Fincantieri built vessel, the latest addition to Viking’s growing fleet, will be celebrated with a public concert in front of Oslo’s imposing town hall, overlooking the city’s bustling harbour. The concert, which will be complimentary for all, will feature a range of as yet unnamed international and Norwegian stars.
Nor-Shipping 2019 runs from 4 to 7 June across a series of venues in Lillestrøm and Oslo. The naming ceremony will act as the highlight of the traditional Thursday evening Closing Party, where visitors from across the maritime and ocean industry worlds gather to mix, network and wind down after a busy week of exhibiting, conferences and business meetings.
“The Closing Party is always a highlight of the week’s programme and this one promises to be extra special,” comments Nor-Shipping Director Per Martin Tanggaard.
“Viking Jupiter is a sleek, modern ship with an award-winning interior that was inspired by Nordic heritage and design – and will be a major attraction next to the city skyline in its own right. The fact that she will also be joined by a range of star names and performers in a celebration that will be open to the public, including Nor-Shipping attendees and all Oslo residents and visitors, will provide a unique occasion that should not be missed.”
“We’d like to thank Viking for their energy, vision and commitment to making this happen. It is a generous gesture from them to the people of Oslo, and a great opportunity for Nor-Shipping 2019 to sign off in style.”
Viking Jupiter was ‘floated-out’ from Fincantieri’s Ancona yard in May and will be the sixth ocean ship in Viking’s growing fleet. Measuring 745 feet, with a beam of 94.5 feet, the vessel will offer 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 guests.
The names of the performers appearing at the ceremony will be announced later this year. One name that is already confirmed, however, is Norwegian star soprano Sissel Kyrkjebø, the ship’s ceremonial godmother.
“We look forward to welcoming around 35,000 global guests and close to 1,000 exhibiting companies, populating our 21,000 m2 exhibition halls, in June next year,” concludes Tanggaard. “I’d recommend as many of them as possible to put the Viking Jupiter naming ceremony in their diaries now. See you there!”
The news comes in the same month that Nor-Shipping announced it will devote the whole of Hall A at the 2019 exhibition to the concept of Blue Economy. This will serve to showcase, promote and accelerate business practices and players that balance maritime and ocean activity growth with sustainability and environmental protection.