Palfinger has supplied the expedition ship ‘Crystal Endeavor’ with specialised rescue equipment and cranes commissioned by shipbuilder MV WERFTEN.
’Crystal Endeavor’, operated by Crystal Cruises, offers both luxury and adventure. With a length of 164 m, the ship accommodates up to 200 pax and is designed to explore Polar regions, as well as the tropics.
Palfinger equipped the vessel with lifesaving appliances, as well as lifting and handling solutions. In close co-operation with MV WERFTEN, a custom-built package was designed to meet all the requirements of the expedition cruise ship.
The company has supplied six boats with accompanying davits. Kitted out with teak floors, air conditioning, heating, and much more, passengers can be transported to shore in first class comfort and safety.
In addition to supplying two tenders, the package also included two lifeboats and two fast rescue boats.
Thanks to their high manoeuvrability, the FRSQ 630 rescue boats are suitable for rough sea conditions in Polar regions, the company claimed.
Three Palfinger cranes completed the delivery package. These included two PK 29002 foldable knuckle boom cranes fitted port and starboard for launching and recovering the excursion tender boats. Thanks to their compact design, they were claimed to be the perfect choice for deployment in confined spaces.
The third was an electronic overhead crane used to lift the vessel’s submarines, which will be used for underwater exploration.
’Crystal Endeavor’ was designed to operate in the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as in the tropics. She is the first expedition yacht in her class to comply with the IMO’s Polar Code regulations in order to be capable of sailing through spring and fall ice.
As a result, Palfinger said it had combined its own high-quality standards with the requirements of the Polar Code, while at the same time, meeting the yacht’s luxurious specifications.
Smaller ships and more specialised and exclusive itineraries are a trend that is emerging in the cruise vacation industry, the company said.
“With this project, we are following the trend and underlining Palfinger’s expertise as one of the leading suppliers for the cruise industry,” said Gunther Fleck, the company’s Vice President Sales & Service Region Marine.
‘Crystal Endeavor’s’ 2023/2024 season will include 10 itineraries exploring the Polar regions with expeditions to both Antarctica and the Arctic.
Built at Stralsund’s MV WERFTEN shipyard, the 20,200 gt’s propulsion system includes two Azipod D units and a diesel electric power plant designed specifically for ice going vessels to operate at optimum efficiency, while providing 13,020 kW of installed power.
FarSounder 1000 technology was also fitted to allow the Master and navigating officers to detect sea life and underwater objects in advance and navigate appropriately, with 3-D imaging of the terrain up to 1,000 m ahead and 50 m deep.
She will accommodate up to 200 guests with a one-to-one crew-to-guest ratio. Every suite will offers private butler service.
Michelin-inspired dining options including Umi Uma, the first and only Japanese restaurant on an expedition ship, Italian fine dining at Prego, 24-hour room service and an optional Vintage Room experience will be available.
In addition, she will be fitted with the only casino on an expedition yacht; a glass-covered, two-story solarium – housing the Seahorse Pool and Jacuzzi and providing views from sea to sky; and the full-service Crystal Life Salon & Spa with a Fitness Centre, as well as a wraparound Promenade Deck.
The ship’s marina will feature a fleet of zodiacs, kayaks, and snorkel gear, as well as optional helicopter flights from the ship’s own helipad and a six-guest submersible allowing for deepwater exploration in select areas of the world, itinerary and conditions permitting.