Danish naval architecture firm Knud E Hansen revealed its new inhouse design, an icebreaking expedition cruise vessel
The company said the 144-m long vessel operates with a high degree of flexibility and can accommodate 300 passengers and 150 crew members.
The vessel design features diesel-electric propulsion and two 7.5-MW azipod units. The six generators have a combined power of approximately 23 MW and are fuelled by a combination of LNG and marine diesel oil. The vessel has a service speed of 17 knots in open water, a range of 8,100 nautical miles in open water and can operate in solid multi-year ice of 1.8-m thickness.
Two 1,500-kW tunnel thrusters located at the bow combine with the twin screw arrangement to provide a high degree of manoeuvrability. A large lithium-ion battery pack will power the vessel when dockside to reduce port emissions.
The vessel contains a bar/lounge, multi-purpose lounge, library, gift shop, observation lounge, fitness room/spa including a panoramic ice bar, a swimming pool and jogging area.
There are two service lifts and three passenger lifts providing passengers access to all accommodation decks, and a large helicopter deck can lower a landed helicopter onto a hangar on the deck below.
A tender garage will stow zodiac boats and other expedition equipment that can be launched through a shell door on the port side.
Most of the 150 cabins have private balconies with ocean views. The company’s Flex Cabin System allows for cabin walls to be reconfigured between sailings to convert a single, luxury suite into two separate cabins allowing the operator to maximise revenue based on specific demand.
The vessel is also fully SOLAS-compliant and special attention has been observed with regards to the Marpol regulations as well as the Polar Code.
Knud E Hansen said it aims to achieve the highest level of survivability with strict adherence to Safe Return to Port (SRtP) requirements through the inclusion of redundant, segregated power and propulsion systems as well as passenger safe havens and an auxiliary wheelhouse.
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