The agreement is expected to be implemented in the coming
weeks, Kleven said in a statement.
DIV Group is a consortium of maritime and metal processing
companies which also acquired the Croatian shipyard Brodosplit in 2013.
Commenting on the acquisition, Kjetil Bollestad, CEO of
Kleven Verft, said that the shipyard has undergone a difficult time but managed
to deliver “fantastic” ships. With the new owner, the yard has long-term
development plans, he added.
In addition, Tomislav Debeljak, owner and CEO of DIV Group,
said that the transaction opens up the opportunity for cooperation between two
shipyards. He believes that the acquisition would create synergy effects in all
segments of the two shipyards’ operations. In addition, the transaction would
result in lower costs, savings of up to 5 percent and better competitiveness.
In 2019, Kleven delivered to Hurtigruten MS Roald Amundsen,
the world’s first hybrid electric-powered expedition ship and its sister
vessel, MS Fridtjof Nansen. The yet-to-be-named third ship is expected to be
delivered in 2021.