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Thursday, August 27, 2020 

German propulsion manufacturer Schottel has won a contract to supply pump jets for five additional expedition cruise ships, with an option for a sixth, for Portuguese company Mystic Cruises.

Two pump jets will be installed onboard each of the 126m long and 19m wide luxury ships, with accommodation for 196 passengers, under construction or on order at West Sea Viana Shipyard in Portugal.

Mário Ferreira, Chairman of Mystic Invest, parent company of Mystic Cruises, said: “Our goal is to build the cleanest, safest and quietest expedition ships that meet and exceed the strict requirements of the regions where our ships will sail. We designed our cruise ships to ensure that we do our part to help sustain these unparalleled places for future generations to enjoy. These Schottel exclusive thrusters are perfect for bringing guests closer to more marine wildlife – safely and sustainably. We can stop our ships’ propellers and engage the pump jets to quietly cruise up to five knots in wildlife-rich waters and not frighten away the beautiful fish. Schottel’s Pump Jets are very effective aboard previous Mystic Cruises ships, and we have again opted for Schottel’s system for our Atlas Ocean Voyages expedition ships.”

Each of the new expedition cruise vessels will be equipped with two electrically driven SPJ 82 pump Jets of 335kW each. The compact SPJs are not only being installed flush with the hull of these new vessels, but also in a small recess further protecting the propulsion unit. The elastic mounting leads to minimised noise and vibration levels, including underwater noise.

At the same time, the pump jets will be equipped with the patented and DNV-GL type-approved Schottel LeaCon sealing system. This system ensures continuous leakage control of the seals and prevents water from entering the gearbox and, of even greater importance, oil from escaping into the seawater. Considered a non-oil-to-water interface, the system complies with the VGP regulations of the US EPA. LeaCon further supports Mystic’s environmental-friendly cruise approach.

The construction of the World Navigator is on schedule and will launch in mid-2021, with sister-ships World Traveller, World Seeker, World Adventurer and World Discoverer to launch before the end 2023. For her inaugural 2021-22 year, World Navigator will offer expeditions in the Black, Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, South America and Antarctica.

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