18 September 2015
Article from Cruise & Ferry by Rebecca Gibson
KNUD E. HANSEN has designed a 300-passenger expedition vessel with various green technologies.
Designed to operate safely in heavy seas, high winds, narrow passages and small ports in regions such as the Arctic and Antarctic, the vessel has a double hull that has been strengthened for Ice Class 1A service and stabiliser fins to enhance passenger comfort.
It will be powered by two Azipod propulsion units, two bow thrusters and a diesel-electric power plant with four medium-speed diesel generators in two separate engine rooms. The engines can be used when the ship is sailing in areas with Tier 3 nitrogen oxide emission restrictions, while a battery-powered system will enable it to operate in extra-sensitive environments.
The ship’s energy consumption levels will be reduced by engine heat recovery systems, innovative HVAC systems, advanced LED lighting and smart control systems, highly insulated windows and outside window walls with solar cells.
Onboard facilities will include an observation lounge with 360-degree views, two top-deck Jacuzzis primarily heated by solar energy, a heli-deck and an enclosed glass aircraft hanger for the ship’s helicopter in the middle of the observation lounge. In addition, the vessel will have a remote operated vehicle with camera equipment so guests can watch high-definition videos of the underwater environment up to 3,000m below the ship. The videos will be displayed on big screens in the passenger lounges and also in cabins via the ship’s integrated video system.
Situated across three decks, all 150 standard passenger cabins will have outside views, while those on the bridge deck feature balconies. Several of the cabins will also be able to be transformed into suites using the newly developed proprietary Flex Cabin system. Crew will be accommodated on two lower decks.
At the aft of the ship will be a large sea garage and retractable overhead davit so 15 Zodiac type boats and jet-skis can be launched during shore excursions. There will also be a tender boarding station with a lobby, disinfection area and expedition store, which will be connected to the passenger accommodation by both elevator and stairway.