Knud E. Hansen (KEH) has unveiled an icebreaking expedition cruise design.
The new design is claimed to have a high degree of operational flexibility and a wide range of features.
At 144 m long, the vessel can accommodate 300 pax in 150 cabins.
The vessel has a service speed of 17 knots in open water and can operate in solid multi-year ice of 1,8 m thick. It has diesel electric propulsion, and two azipod-units, each of 7.5 MW.
In addition, six generators have a combined power of around 23 MW and are fuelled by a combination of marine diesel oil (MDO), and LNG.
Two tunnel thrusters will be fitted, each of about 1,500 KW, located at the bow, which combined with the twin screw arrangement, provide a high degree of manoeuvrability, KEH said.
Also fitted is a large lithium-ion battery bank to power the vessel while berthed, resulting in no port emissions. The vessel has a range of 8,100 nautical miles in open water.
The vessel is designed with public spaces, including a bar/lounge, multi-purpose lounge, library, gift shop, observation lounge, fitness room/spa, including a panorama ice bar, as well as a pool and jogging area.
It also features a large tender garage for stowing zodiacs and other expedition equipment that can be easily launched through a port side shell door. A large helicopter deck will be included aft where the helicopter can be lowered to the hangar on the deck below.
There are two service lifts and three passenger lifts providing access to all accommodation decks.
The design also includes a dedicate cargo hold with overhead hatch and davit system for stowing and deploying special, expeditionary cargo in remote locations along the route.
The majority of passenger cabins have private balconies with ocean views. The passenger cabins feature KEH’s ‘Flex Cabin System’, which allows for cabin walls to be easily reconfigured between sailings to convert a single, luxury suite into two separate cabins. This allows the operator to maximise revenue based on specific demands.
The vessel is fully SOLAS compliant. KEH said that it aimed 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.
Special attention was taken with the design with regards to the MARPOL regulations, as well as the Polar Code
This design was developed in-house, by KEH’s naval architects, marine engineers and designers.
• Length oa ….144,20 m
• Length bp… 127,60 m
• Breadth moulded… 22,00 m
• Depth moulded to deck 3…. 9,20 m
• Design draught….. 7 m
• Deadweight….. 1965 tonnes
• Ice class…… PC3
• Max pax number….. 300
• Crew number …… 150
(photo credit- MSC Cruises)