The Croatian industrial group DIV Group has entered into an agreement to take-over the Norwegian yard Kleven Verft from Hurtigruten
The transaction is subject to final documentation process which is expected to be finalized during the next few weeks. DIV Group is one of the largest industrial groups in Croatia, and owns among others the largest shipyard in Croatia, Brodosplit.
“I am incredibly happy on behalf of all employees in Kleven that we now are about to get a new and solid owner of the yard. We have through a difficult period managed to deliver fantastic ships, and at the same time kept the high competence at the yard. Together with the new owners we will plan long-term and develop further. This will be a new and exciting era for all Kleven employees“, says CEO Kjetil Bollestad.
For both the Kleven management and Hurtigruten as the owner, it has been important that the identity and competence are taken care of. Kleven Verft will continue to be named Kleven Verft. The yard will continue as a separate company but as a part of the DIV Group.
In addition to several special vessels, Kleven Verft has in the past year delivered the world’s first two hybrid-powered cruise ships – MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen – to Hurtigruten.