An artist’s impression of the Project America cruise ship, which was supposed to be built at the Litton Ingalls shipyard.
One of our biggest design projects
was the passenger cruise ship at
Litton Ingalls shipyard.
“The entire cruise business went down
after the 9/11 attacks; there were no new
deals,” said Kanerva at the time. “The ro-ro
passenger ferry side also went downhill.
The EU was removing its tax-free policies.
Nobody had the courage to build new ships
because nobody knew how the markets
would turn out. We fortunately had our
offshore projects that helped us to carry on.
When the offshore side took a turn for the
worse as well, we had to figure out a third
leg we could stand on.”