German propulsion manufacturer, SCHOTTEL has won a contract to supply pump jets for five additional expedition cruise ships (with an option for a sixth) for Portuguese-based company Mystic Cruises.
Two pump jets will be installed on board each of the 126 m long and 19 m beam luxury cruise ships, under construction or on order at West Sea Viana Shipyard in Portugal.
Mário Ferreira, Mystic Invest Chairman, Mystic Cruises’ parent company, said: “Our goal is to build the cleanest, safest and quietest expedition ships that meet and exceed the strict requirements of the regions where our ships will sail.
“We designed our cruise ships to ensure that we do our part to help sustain these unparalleled places for future generations to enjoy.
“These SCHOTTEL exclusive thrusters are perfect for bringing guests closer to more marine wildlife – safely and sustainably. We can stop our ships’ propellers and engage the pump jets to quietly cruise up to five knots in wildlife-rich waters and not frighten away the beautiful fish.
“SCHOTTEL’s pump jets were very effective on board previous Mystic Cruises ships, and we have again opted for SCHOTTEL’s system for our Atlas Ocean Voyages expedition ships,” he concluded.
Each of the new expedition ships for Mystic Cruises’ North American brand Atlas Ocean Voyages can accommodate up to 196 guests in luxury suites and staterooms. Safety is at the core of Atlas Ocean Voyages’ Polar Category-C and Ice Class-1B certified expedition ships. All vessels’ construction will incorporate modern hygiene and cleanliness measures into their design, the company said.
The construction of the ‘World Navigator’ is on schedule and will launch in mid-2021, with sisterships ‘World Traveller’, ‘World Seeker’, ‘World Adventurer’ and ‘World Discoverer’, to launch before the end 2023.
For her inaugural 2021/22 year, ‘World Navigator’ will sail all-inclusive, luxe-adventure expeditions in the Black, Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, South America and Antarctica.