KEH unveils new expedition ship design

2020-06-15T15:50:13+00:00 June 15th, 2020|Ships|

Ship design and consultancy, Knud E. Hansen (KEH), has unveiled the ‘Phoenix World Village’, a smaller sister to the 1980s designed project ‘Phoenix World City’.
The latest design has brought together experts to manage disease prevention/control, modern facilities and protocols, in conjunction with efficient HVAC systems and related airborne and surface disinfection technology.
The 150 m expedition cruise vessel can accommodate up to 400 pax and has a range of about 6,500 nautical miles.
Aimed at the adventure-cruise market, this project will appeal to guests who prefer a more intimate cruise experience while visiting destinations that are inaccessible by other ships, KEH claimed.
It will also appeal to the growing eco-tourism segment that aims to travel the world while minimising the carbon footprint and local pollution in protected areas, due to the combination of a low-sulfur diesel engine and a large battery bank fitted.
The 5,200 pax, ‘Phoenix World City’, a concept from the 1980’s was designed with multiple accommodation blocks resembling a cityscape. This design was claimed to be well ahead of its time and, although it did not come to fruition, it set a new standard for cruise ship design that has remained intact for the last 35 years.
‘Phoenix World Village’ features an unconventional layout design with separate forward and aft accommodation blocks on either side of an open deck, featuring public spaces, a number of small restaurants with outdoor seating, as well as 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, as well as a one-off observation lounge overlooking the engine room. It also features a large tender garage for stowing zodiacs and other expedition equipment that can be easily launched from the aft tender station.
The majority of passenger cabins have private balconies with ocean views. The 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 demand, the designer said.
A diesel-electric propulsion system will be fitted, which includes four medium-speed diesel generators. The flexible propulsion and manoeuvrability arrangement are achieved through two azimuth pod units and two bow thrusters. For reducing roll motions, a pair of retractable fin stabilisers will be fitted.
As for the other companies involved, VIKAND’s Hygensea solution for disinfecting air and surfaces will be installed throughout the vessel by simply adding to the HVAC system.
This technology uses safe and effective hydroxyl technology, replicating outdoor air in an indoor environment. In addition to greatly improved air quality, significant fuel savings will also be achieved through reduced thermal loads, KEH said.
In addition, HVACON Marine Systems will provide energy savings through enhanced HVAC engineering and electrical power distribution. The company’s self-adaptive system provides savings on both ventilation and chilled water distribution to automatically improve performance.
The new HVACON FORCE System is a 100% natural product, which reduces electrical resistance, thereby saving energy. Furthermore, the system reduces harmonic disturbance and electrical heat up to 30%.
For indoor air solutions, HALTON’s HEPA technology was chosen for isolation solutions, galley hoods and central vacuum cleaning to ensure clean air throughout the vessel. Halton was founded in Finland in 1969 and operates today in over 36 countries around the world.
‘Phoenix World Village’ is designed to be fully SOLAS compliant. KEH aims 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.
This concept was developed in-house, by the company’s naval architects, marine engineers and designers.