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CONCORDIA DAMEN LAUNCHES BATTERY HYBRID RIVER CRUISE SHIP

CONCORDIA DAMEN LAUNCHES BATTERY HYBRID RIVER CRUISE SHIP

Friday, April 30, 2021 

Concordia Damen has completed build of the hull, at the Severnav shipyard in Romania, for the latest addition to the fleet of A-Rosa Flussschiff, a European river cruise operator.

In the next stage of the vessel’s construction, the hull will be transported by the heavy-lift vessel Yacht Express to Damen Shipyards Gorinchem in the Netherlands, where Concordia Damen will perform the outfitting.

Measuring 135m in length and 17.7m across, the four-deck vessel will feature 140 cabins ranging from two person to family units, making her the largest vessel to be operating on the Rhine in terms of passenger numbers. The majority of the cabins will have their own balconies and accommodation with separate living and sleeping areas available. Passengers will be able to enjoy amenities including a sauna, whirlpool, ice grotto, heat bench and treatment rooms. Staff and crew will have their own cabins along with a rest and relaxation area.

In line with the principles of both A-Rosa’s and Concordia Damen, the river cruise ship will have a special focus minimising impact on its surrounding environment. A-Rosa describes its newbuild as an ‘E-Motion’ vessel, and it will be equipped with a hybrid propulsion system including a zero-emissions battery drive. A diesel engine will be used for cruising, but when entering and leaving port the ship will switch to an electric engine powered by the battery for emissions-free operation. She will be fitted for shore power, making her as clean at rest as she is underway. In addition, the hull has been optimised for minimum resistance and all heat and excess energy will be recovered where possible.

“We are delighted to be the starting the next stage of this exciting new vessel,” said Project Manager Johan Muilenburg. “As a traditional yet innovative shipbuilder we are confident that she will both set a new standard in socially responsible river cruising and exceed the expectations of her guests when it comes to comfort and amenities.”

Delivery is scheduled for spring 2022.

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