HELSINKI Dec 21 Finland will support STX's
shipyard in Turku, southern Finland, with 28 million euros ($37
million) if the South Korean group wins a 1 billion euro cruise
ship deal from Royal Caribbean.
While STX had asked for a loan of around 50 million euros to
seal the deal with Turku, the government said it will grant
money from its EU-approved aid scheme after a deal has been
Turku has previously built two Oasis luxury cruise ships for
Royal Caribbean. According to reports in Finland, Turku was the
main candidate for a third ship but low order books have got STX
shipyards, such as Saint-Nazaire in France, interested.
The new deal has been estimated to employ about 20,000
person-years, which would provide a timely boost for employment
in Finland's cooling economy.
STX Finland said it was disappointed at not getting the loan
and would continue talks with other creditors.
($1 = 0.7555 euro)
(Reporting by Helsinki Newsroom; Editing by Dan Lalor)