Designer and manufacturer of civilian submersibles, Triton Submarines, is to supply and manage submersibles on board Scenic Eclipse Discovery Yachts.
Under the agreement, Triton Submarines will supply a Triton 660/9 AVA to be installed on board the newbuilding small cruise ship ‘Scenic Eclipse II’.
The submersible will have a capacity of up to eight persons and will be able to dive down to depths of 200 m.
Scenic Group COO, Rob Voss, said: “We are thrilled to have a long-term partner in Triton Submarines that will enable us to continue to provide our guests with unique underwater explorations during their ultra-luxury discovery and expedition voyages.
“This new partnership means even more of our guests will be able to discover beneath the surface and we’re excited to have this first-of-its-kind Triton on board our latest discovery yacht, the ‘Scenic Eclipse II’,” he said.
Triton 660/9 AVA’s configuration offers many advantages over existing, metallic pressure hull equipped submersibles, in the cruise sector.
The patented elliptically shaped acrylic pressure hull of the submersible optimises the use of volume, Triton said.
Patrick Lahey, President and Co-Founder of Triton Submarines, commented: “We are extremely proud to announce a partnership with such a venerable and highly respected brand as Scenic. We share not only a natural corporate culture to explore the Earth’s most exhilarating and inspiring locations, but a commitment to ensuring those experiences are safe and professionally executed.
“We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial collaboration with Scenic and to positively contributing to the extraordinary on board experiences, which have become synonymous with Scenic Eclipse cruises,” he said.
Triton CEO and Co-Founder, L. Bruce Jones, added: “As an existing submersible operator, Scenic really focused on the detail of what they needed and expected in their next product. We presented the Triton 660/9 AVA, which not only addressed the challenges they had previously but exceeded their expectations in terms of guest experience.
“The elegant simplicity of the Triton 660/9 AVA design ensures reliability by utilising systems, which have already been proven on numerous other models in the formidable Triton range,” he said.
‘Scenic Eclipse II’ is to be delivered in the first quarter of 2023 and will be the second in Scenic’s Discovery Yacht fleet after the ‘Scenic Eclipse’.
The yacht will be able to navigate both Polar and tropical regions and at 168 m long and 21.5 m wide, she will have a capacity of 228 guests.