New for 2020: MV Swift - A timeline of our new vessel's construction

Keep up to date with progress on our exciting new boat!

Work is well-underway on assembling Windermere Lake Cruises’ brand-new 300-seat boat, MV Swift, which is currently on-schedule to take to the water next year, 2020.

Built by Netherlands-based boat-builder Damen, the new addition to the Windermere Lake Cruises fleet will be the largest craft to be ‘launched’ onto Windermere for more than 80 years.

Too large to transport by road, the size of the vessel means it is necessary to build it in smaller sections off-site before being transported to Lakeside for final assembly.

You can also keep up to date on progress with this frequently updated timeline of construction highlights, with most recent developments and milestones listed first.


  • All MV Swift's main hull sections have now been delivered to the construction site at Lakeside, including the vessel's superstructure. Work on welding the main sections together is now well-underway.

The Windermere Lake Cruises management team has also travelled to Damen's steel-cutting facility in Holland, where they were given their first look at MV Swift's bridge.


This video was produced by Damen Shipbuilders who are constructing the vessel at Lakeside.

  • A third hull section arrived at the Lakeside construction site in on August 6th and a traditional keel laying ceremony was held. As per tradition in boat-building, a coin was welded to the keel of the new boat, to bless MV Swift as a symbol of good fortune.
  • You can see a short time-lapse video of the work that’s been done at Lakeside, below.


  • A security company was tasked with maintaining a watchful-eye around the site’s perimeter fence and to look-out for any signs of forced entry or unauthorised activities, while while the first two sections of MV Swift’s hull continued to be fabricated off site in Damen’s shipyard.
  • Preparation work began at Lakeside for the arrival of two of Swift’s hull sections, including laying a steel base on the car park surface and support cradles for the hull sections.
  • As planned, the road from Newby Bridge to Lakeside was closed for one hour whilst the transport company delivered the two sections for alignment.
  • The first two sections of MV Swift’s hull were welded together.

Ground-pressure testing at Lakeside


  • Ground Measurements at Lakeside were completed, with further work to ensure the site was suitable for building, transporting and lifting the hull.
  • The southern end of Lakeside car park was cordoned off, to enable the south end to be used for MV Swift’s construction. Access to that part of the site has been restricted to the Damen workforce and inspection teams from Lloyd’s Register and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
  • Our Operations Director, John Woodburn visited the Damen Shipyard (pictured below)


  • Damen engineers carried out a visit to the Lakeside construction area to design a final layout for the site, in preparation for hull sections’ future arrival.


  • The first cutting of the steel for MV Swift took place on 9 April 2019, off-site, at one of Damen’s facilities.


  • Multi-million-pound contract signed by Windermere Lake Cruises and Damen for construction of 300-seat MV Swift. You can read more about that, here.