Spido’s new vessel focuses on comfort and environmentally friendly solutions
Passenger ship operator Spido’s new vessel – shortly to be delivered – has an emphasis on comfort and environmentally friendly solutions, it has been revealed.
Shipyard De Hoop is finalising and outfitting the latest day-passenger sightseeing/event vessel for the Rotterdam-based shipping company.
Spido signed the contract for this vessel with Shipyard De Hoop in April 2018 and the keel of the first section was laid in October that same year.
Shipyard de Hoop said in a statement “The ship has a modern straight axe bow, with an optimised hull shape for better sailing characteristics and fuel saving. The characteristic Spido arc that runs forward from the transom appears to hold a protective hand above the wheelhouse.”
The vessel has the capacity to seat 122 passengers on the main deck for a dinner setting, while the VIP lounge seats 22 guests.
This Spido flagship is built according the ILENT/NBKB regulations for inland shipping and designed with specific environmentally low-impact features such as solar panels above the foredeck and in the sides of the top deck, and LED-lights.
Furthermore, Shipyard De Hoop said it has “put a lot of effort into decreasing noise and vibrations, which can be seen in floating floors, flexibly mounted equipment and anti-vibration panels in walls and ceilings.”
As this vessel will be stationed at the Spido jetty near the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, the navigational equipment is placed on a hingeable topmast above the wheelhouse to provide the required air draft of 8.8 m above the 1.1 m waterline.
The onboard CCTV-system will register what happens on board and around the vessel with images stored on the hard disk. Due to the shape and size of the vessel, in combination with the sometimes-restricted manoeuvring spaces, the cameras will also be used for navigating.
The two rudder propellers (Z-drives with a double propeller) are diesel-direct driven, while the bow thruster is electrically driven by the generator sets. The main propulsors and diesel generators are situated in two aft enginerooms.
Both enginerooms are protected from fire by a FirePro system, injecting an FPC solid compound which transforms into a rapidly expanding fire extinguishing condensed aerosol. Fire extinguishing is accomplished by interrupting the chemical chain reactions occurring in the flame and not by depleting oxygen and/or cooling as suggested by the traditional triangle of fire. “The important characteristic of this extinguishing agent is that people can survive in it, in contrast to the traditional CO2- or FM2000-systems,” said Shipyard De Hoop.
Recognised for both their interior and exterior styling of large motor yachts, Dutch design studio, Cor D Rover partnered with Shipyard De Hoop and Spido to develop a “new waterbound party and event experience”, based on the “recognisable and trusted Spido look”.