Poseidon Expedition’s 114-pax ‘Sea Spirit’ will be fitted with new retractable fin stabilisers next year, the company has announced.
‘Sea Spirit’ will be retrofitted with the new technology during her scheduled drydock planned for May, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal, just prior to the commencement of the 2019 Arctic season.
“These new stabilisers will provide high-performance roll damping whether the ‘Sea Spirit’ is underway, while drifting or even at anchor,” said Poseidon Expeditions’ Senior Director of Cruise Operations, Nikolay Zakharov, “They incorporate time-tested trailing edge design that eliminates vibration and noise. At the same time, they look to the future with safeguards to protect the polar ecosystems. The stabilisers are fully compatible with environmentally acceptable lubricants (EAL) and feature quad main seals for additional redundancy.
“The new system uses a computer-based programmable logic controller (PLC) that develops different algorithms depending on conditions. The result will be a ride for our passengers as comfortable as aboard any expedition ship currently coming into the market,” he added.
The improvements will be made at the same time as the ‘Sea Spirit’ will be re-certified for new IMO Polar Code requirements. the company said.
Along with the technical improvements, more than $2.5 mill in refurbishments to passenger areas – all cabins and public areas – have been made over the past several years to the ship.