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Thursday, July 9, 2020 

An 'editorial ship' is a novel concept recently unveiled in Germany; a 40m vessel for use on the Spree river in Berlin's government district and the surrounding waterways, providing a workplace for around 30 journalists.

The Pioneer One was built by the Lux-Werft shipyard in Niederkassel for Berlin-based media company Media Pioneer. It is equipped with a Schottel Pump Jet type SPJ 22 with 90kW input power, driven by an electric motor. The resiliently mounted bow thruster minimises structure-borne noise in the hull while significantly reducing the noise level on board. The result is a low-emission propulsion unit with an electric thruster that works so quietly that those on board the ship can fully focus on their work.

The 360-degree steerable Pump Jet is a can operate efficiently and quietly in shallow-water while ensuring maximum manoeuvrability. Since the Pump Jet is installed flush with the vessel's outer shell, there is no increase in ship resistance and the risk of collision with flotsam is reduced considerably. The protective grid on the inlet offers further protection against damage. In the event of the vessel grounding, the risk of damage is significantly reduced.

Pioneer One has been designed for daily use on the Spree and all zone 4 inland waterways. It offers 200m2 of work space, including TV broadcasting facilities and a podcast studio. As well as providing an editorial base, readers can visit the ship, and live broadcast events are planned for up to 100 participants.

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