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LATEST EXPEDITION CRUISESHIP WITH ULSTEIN DESIGN X-BOW DELIVERED FROM CMHI

LATEST EXPEDITION CRUISESHIP WITH ULSTEIN DESIGN X-BOW DELIVERED FROM CMHI

Thursday, July 15, 2021 

The Ocean Explorer, an Ulstein designed expedition cruise vessel featuring the Ulstein X-Bow, has been successfully delivered from the CMHI Haimen yard, China, to owner SunStone Ships.

Several of the 'Infinity' X-bow cruise vessels have been ordered from the CMHI yard, with the first Infinity vessel, the Greg Mortimer, delivered in September 2019. The Ocean Explorer will be operated by Vantage Cruise Line.

SunStone Ships’ President/CEO Niels-Erik Lund 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".

The construction continued smoothly. There are two more vessels in the Infinity series which are scheduled for delivery in 2021, and two for delivery in 2022.

“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,” said Lead Naval Architect Torill Muren. “All the vessels in the Infinity series have Tier III engines with SCR catalysts to reduce emissions. They run on low sulphur Marine Gas Oil (MGO), have heat recovery systems and LED lights. On top of this comes the waste-water treatment and management system that cleans the waste water before discharging it.”

The ships in the Infinity series have Ulstein's patented X-Bow design, zero-speed stabilisers and dynamic positioning, and are built to Polar Code Category B, with Polar Class 6 (Ice Class 1A on machinery). All vessels are customised versions of the Ulstein CX103 designs.

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