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Tuesday, October 19, 2021 

The ‘Ocean Victory’, one of six cruise expedition cruise vessels being constructed for SunStone Ships, featuring the Ulstein designed X-Bow, has been successfully delivered from the CMHI Haimen yard, China.

All six ships are based on the CX103 design by Ulstein Design & Solutions. The Ocean Victory will be operated by Victory Cruise Lines for the summer season and Albatros Expeditions for the winter season. After the sea trial of Ocean Victory, Albatros Expeditions announced record-low emissions per passenger figures.

President Albatros Expeditions, Hans Lagerweij, said: “Our first sailing is on the 26th of November, a fully sold-out one looking at a sun-eclipse between Antarctica and South Georgia. I expect our guests to be thrilled by the comfort and facilities, while at the same time still having the cosiness and compactness of the small expedition cruise vessels that started our industry. The ship is easy to find your way around, and it will be an excellent place to make new international friends. Finally, I am expecting our guests to be extremely happy about the performance and stability of the X-Bow on the Drake passage, a challenge we have to cross on the way to Antarctica.”

Ulstein Design & Solutions Lead Naval Architect Torill Muren said: “We have developed a vessel where the hull has been optimised for low fuel consumption with CFD (computational fluid dynamics) analysis. In addition, we have implemented the Ulstein X-Bow hull line design, a solution firstly introduced to the offshore segment and only recently to the cruise industry. In addition to fuel savings, the X-Bow softens the movements in head seas, reducing slamming and vibrations, and increases the comfort and rest for passengers and crews.”

All the vessels in the SunStone Infinity series have Tier III engines with SCR catalysts to reduce emissions. They run on low sulphur MGO, have heat recovery systems and LED lights. In addition, the waste water treatment and management system cleans waste water before discharging it. The ships have zero-speed stabilisers and dynamic positioning, and are built to Polar Code Category B, with Polar Class 6 (Ice Class 1A on machinery).

Niels-Erik Lund, President/CEO SunStone Ships, said: “We decided to partner up with Ulstein due to their hull and the technical design, as well as their site team in China to supervise the production. It was of utmost importance that we developed an expedition cruise vessel of high quality and with proven design and technology. Ulstein has designed more than 105 vessels with the X-Bow design. These hulls have been developed for rough weather, high comfort and great fuel efficiency.”

Three of the vessels in the Infinity series have now been delivered. The remaining are in various phases of the construction: one is under harbour acceptance test, one is scheduled for launch and one is in the erection workshop.

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