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Wednesday, August 5, 2020 

Schottel has been selected to supply main and auxiliary propulsion units for a second expedition cruise ship, a sister to the 'Hondius', which was delivered in 2019, both vessels being classed by Lloyd’s Register to the latest Polar Class 6.

Owner Oceanwide Expeditions has ordered the vessel, to be named Janssonius, from Croatian shipyard Brodosplit. The pair are said to be the first vessels in the world to be built according to the LR PC6  class notation.   

The main propulsion system of the Janssonius will include a Schottel SCP 109 4-XG Controllable Pitch Propeller (4,260 kW) with a diameter of 3.6m. The SCP will be ice-strengthened according to Polar Class 6. One Schottel Transverse Thruster type STT 1 CP (350 kW) at the bow and one Transverse Thruster type STT 2 CP (500 kW) at the stern will provide maximum manoeuvrability. The system will be powered by two diesel engines delivering 4,260 kW, enabling a service speed of up to 15 knots. A twin-in single-out gearbox will enable the main propulsion units to achieve propeller speeds of 160 rpm.

For cruise vessels, comfort on board is crucial, which means propulsion systems with low noise and vibration levels, which the chosen Schottel solutions will help to achieve. In addition, the robustness of the systems ensures a long service life as well as reliability and efficiency.

Like the Hondius, Janssonius will come equipped with a number of advanced systems and features specifically designed for safe, swift, and flexible polar voyages throughout the Arctic, Antarctica, and the sub-Antarctic. Janssonius, named after an historic Dutch cartographer, will measure 107.6m in length and have a beam of 17.6m. The newbuild will be able to accommodate 196 passengers in 85 cabins, with 70 crew members. Delivery is scheduled for the end of 2021.

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