Helsinki Shipyard Oy announces the successful acquisition of the SH Vega by Swan Hellenic

Helsinki June 27, 2022.

Helsinki Shipyard Oy, having received bids for the auction of the NB 517 announces that Swan Hellenic has been awarded the tender.

Helsinki Shipyard has exercised the right to sell the ship by tender, envisaged by the shipbuilding contract, after original buyer failed to take the delivery of the ship. The auction that ended at midnight on Friday, June 24, was satisfactory for Helsinki Shipyard, which analysed the bids and declared Swan Hellenic the winner.

The ship as anticipated will be delivered to Swan Hellenic as soon as all registry formalities in Bahamas will be completed and Swan Hellenic becomes the sole owner of SH Vega. 

The vessel will start operating on the Arctic as scheduled in the second half of July.

Simo Rastas, Helsinki Shipyard’s acting CEO says: “The shipyard is satisfied that bids were received and the auction was carried out efficiently on schedule.”

SH VEGA Fact Sheet


Builder:                                           Helsinki Shipyard Oy

Year of build:                                 May 2022


Vessel type:                                    Polar ice-class expedition cruise ship 

Classification:                                 Lloyds Register 


Capacity:                                         152 guests and 120 staff 

Guest staterooms & suites:        76 (80% with large panoramic balconies)

Crew staterooms:                           73 

Interior design:                              Tillberg Design of Sweden


Decks:                                               9

Length:                                            113 m 

Beam:                                              20.2 m 

Max Draft:                                      5.70 m 

Gross tonnage:                              10,600 GRT 


Engine Type:                                  Hybrid Diesel Electric – 4x Medium speed

Propulsion:                                     4.6 MW 

Generators:                                    690V/1760 kW 

Cruising speed:                              14.5 knots 

Maximum speed:                          15.8 knots 

Expedition Equipment

Expedition team:                          12 

Zodiacs:                                          13 (11 Mk 5 and 2 Mk 6)

Kayaks:                                            8


Notations:                                      Polar Code Cat A, Ice class PC5, Safe return to port (SRtP) 

Endurance:                                   40 days / 8000 nautical miles 

Lifeboats:                                      2 fully enclosed 

More information: Simo Rastas tel. +358 10 622 2600