Danish naval architecture firm Knud E Hansen has revealed its new passenger vessel design for a 150-m long expedition cruise vessel Phoenix World Village which could accommodate up to 400 passengers and have a range of approximately 6,500 nautical miles
The design process brought together experts in disease prevention and control, facilities and protocols, and high-efficiency HVAC systems and related airborne and surface disinfection technology to envision a ship that is "safe, clean and efficient".
The company said the design is aimed at the adventure-cruise market to appeal to passengers who prefer an “intimate cruise experience” while visiting destinations that are inaccessible by other ships.
The vessel design features a diesel-electric propulsion system with four medium-speed diesel generators. Two azimuth pod units and two bow thrusters will give the ship flexible propulsion and manoeuvrability and a pair of retractable fin thrusters will help to reduce roll motions.
Phoenix World Village is designed to be fully SOLAS compliant. Knud E Hansen said it aims to achieve the highest level of survivability in an emergency with strict adherence to safe return to port (SRtP) requirements in its design by including redundant, segregated power and propulsion systems, passenger safe havens and an auxiliary wheelhouse.
The layout of Phoenix World Village design features a separate forward and aft accommodation block on either side of an open deck with public spaces, small restaurants, a pool and jogging area. Additional public spaces include multiple restaurants, lounges, bars, a café, library, card room, games room, spa and fitness area, sun deck, and a one-of-a-kind observation lounge overlooking the engineroom.
Knud E Hansen’s Flex Cabin System would allow cabin walls to be reconfigured between sailings to convert a single, luxury suite into two separate cabins to allow operators to maximise revenue based on specific demand.
Vikand Solutions, a leading cruise industry medical provider, is involved in the medical facilities design. Vikand’s Hygensea air and surface purification technology will be installed throughout the vessel by means of a simple addition to the HVAC system.
The vessel will also feature Danish firm HVACON Marine Systems’ self-adaptive Acon Force System which reduces electrical resistance. The system is expected to reduce harmonic disturbance and electrical heat up to 30%.
Knud E Hansen said Phoenix World Village was conceived as the smaller sister-vessel to another well-known project design, Phoenix World City, which was never taken beyond the design stage.