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Thursday, June 11, 2020 

Danish naval architect Knud E Hansen has announced its latest design, ‘Phoenix World Village’, a smaller sister-vessel to the ‘Phoenix World City’.

The design has brought together experts to manage disease prevention/control facilities and protocols, in conjunction with high-efficiency HVAC systems and related airborne and surface disinfection technology, for a ship that is safe, clean and efficient. The 150meter Expedition Cruise Vessel can accommodate up to 400 passengers and has a range of approximately 6,500 nautical miles.

The design should appeal to the growing eco-tourism segment that aims to travel while minimising their carbon footprint and local pollution in protected areas. The combination of low-sulphur diesel and a large battery bank sees to this.

The 5,200 passenger, Phoenix World City was an extravagant and ground-breaking design from the 1980s with multiple accommodation blocks resembling a cityscape. Although the design never came to fruition, it was claimed to set a new standard for cruise ship design that has remained intact for the last 35 years.

Phoenix World Village features an unconventional layout with separate forward and aft accommodation blocks on either side of an open deck featuring public spaces, with additional public areas including a 'one-of-a-kind' observation lounge overlooking the engine room. Passenger cabins feature the Knud E Hansen ‘Flex Cabin System’, which allows for cabin walls to be easily reconfigured between sailings to convert a single, luxury suite into two separate cabins. This allows the operator to maximize revenue based on specific demand.

The vessel features a diesel-electric propulsion system, with four medium-speed diesel generators, two azimuth pod units and two bow thrusters. For reducing roll motions, a pair of retractable fin stabilisers are fitted.

Cruise industry Healthcare and Medical Operations company Vikand provides the medical facilities design, installation, staffing and maintenance requirements, along with the leading protocols for prevention and management of illnesses and medical emergencies. Vikand’s Hygensea solution for disinfecting air and surfaces will be installed throughout the vessel by means of a simple addition to the HVAC system.

Significant fuel savings will be achieved through reduced thermal loads. Hvacon Marine Systems is providing energy savings through enhanced HVAC engineering and electrical power distribution through a self-adaptive system. Halton will provide HEPA technology to ensure clean air throughout the vessel.

Phoenix World Village is designed to be fully SOLAS compliant, with strict adherence to Safe Return to Port (SRtP) requirements through the inclusion of redundant, segregated power and propulsion systems as well as passenger safe havens and an auxiliary wheelhouse.


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