SunStone Ships has taken delivery of its second Infinity-class vessel
SunStone Ships, the largest tonnage provider in the expedition market, announced the successful delivery of its second next-generation, Infinity-class vessel.
With a goal of marrying European design and quality with Chinese shipbuilding efficiency, the Infinity-class delivers innovations like X-bow technology, and significant operating efficiencies.
SunStone chief executive Niels-Erik Lund commented, “We are very pleased with the quality and high building standards of China Merchants Heavy Industry, which are fully at the level of European shipyards. We are looking forward to continuing our relationships with all our partners in the Infinity-class project and, even considering the Covid-19 world crisis, we are moving fast forward as planned at a very satisfactory speed, safety and quality level.”
Ocean Explorer will depart China Merchants Heavy Industry shortly after delivery, pick up crew in Manilla and Malta and sail to Poole in the UK where cruising will begin in late August. The vessel will conduct year-round expedition cruises for Vantage Travel.
Infinity-class vessels are 104 m long, 18 m wide, with a draft of 5.1 m. They feature a passenger capacity between 130-200 and a crew capacity between 85 and 115. The vessels are Ice Class 1A, Polar Code 6 and are being built with safe return to port, dynamic positioning and zero speed stabilisers. The vessels feature the X-Bow by Ulstein Design & Solutions.
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