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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 

Damen Marine Components (DMC) has been contracted to supply rudders and steering gear for the fifth Infinity-class vessel to be built for SunStone Ships by China Merchants Heavy Industries to an Ulstein design.

The contract was awarded by Brunvoll Volda, with whom DMC is working on this series. DMC will supply two Van der Velden Atlantic rudders and two Van der Velden Commander rotary vane steering gear systems. The Atlantic is a full-spade rudder with a surface area of 8m2 and steering gear torque of 110 kNm. The Commander steering gear has a simple, robust and compact design with just one moving part and a second-generation compact actuator for smooth rudder movements. Mounted inside closed housings, DMC’s sealing technology prevents internal leakage and ensures extended seal life, with more than 60,000 hours scheduled between inspections.

The DMC components are an integral part of the system supply from Brunvoll, consisting of gearboxes and propellers, rudders, steering gear, a tunnel thruster and control systems. The propulsion system is a twin-screw, diesel-electric configuration.

“This is a strategically important contract for Brunvoll as it confirms our position as an integrated system supplier of propulsion, manoeuvring and control systems to the cruise segment,” said Geir-Arne Kaspersen, VP Sales of Brunvoll Volda.

Wim Knoester, Director Sales and Marketing, Damen Marine Components, said: “We are glad that Damen Marine Components is part of the Infinity-class project. We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with our partners Brunvoll Volda and to completing the initial agreement of ten vessels.”

The Infinity vessels are 104m long, with beam of 18m and draught of 5.3m. They are built to Ice Class 1A, Polar Code 6 and Safe Return to Port specifications, and feature Ulstein’s X-Bow design, dynamic positioning and zero speed stabilisers.

Of the five vessels already ordered, the first, named Greg Mortimer, was delivered in September 2019 and is chartered to Aurora Cruises Australia. The next four vessels; the Ocean Victory, the Ocean Explorer, the Ocean Odyssey and the Ocean Discoverer are scheduled for delivery in, respectively, September 2020, February 2021, March 2022 and September 2022. SunStone is in negotiations for another five vessels of the same class due to extensive interest from the cruise industry.

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