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Monday, March 29, 2021 

Ulstein Design and Solutions has announced that on recent sea trials, the Ocean Victory expedition cruise ship, based on the Ulstein CX103 design, and chartered by Albatros Expeditions, achieved environmental performance figures corresponding to record-low emissions per passenger.

Albatros Expeditions says that the vessel will deliver the lowest greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per passenger in the industry.

Hans Lagerweij, president, Albatros Expeditions, said: “First of all, Ocean Victory has Tier III compliant engines that limit the amount of nitrous oxides. Secondly, we only burn marine gas oil, which emits less CO2 per ton burned compared to a heavier bunker fuel. Thirdly, the patented and revolutionary Ulstein X-Bow is fantastically efficient, especially with surf and in rougher seas. And lastly, Ocean Victory has a fully optimised compact design, providing comfortable space for 185 guests in only 104m length and just over 8000 gross tonnage”.

According to Albatros Travel Group owner and founder, Søren Rasmussen, the ship uses 60% less energy. He said: "We look forward to the day when we can replace the last 40% with sustainable fuel. We received our first sustainable travel award back in 1997 when most of the industry had no clue what sustainable travel meant, so of course, we are always wanting to aim higher and find new solutions.”

Ulstein Lead Naval architect Torill Muren said: “We have developed a vessel where the hull has been optimised for low fuel consumption with CFD (computational fluid dynamics) analyis. 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. All the vessels in the Infinity series, including the Ocean Victory, has Tier 3 engines with SCR catalysts to reduce emissions. She runs on low sulphur Marine Gas Oil (MGO), has 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."

Ships in the Infinity class have Ulstein's patented X-Bow design, zero-speed stabilisers and dynamic positioning, and are built to Polar Code B, with Polar Class 6 (Ice Class 1A on machinery). The SunStone vessels are customised versions of the Ulstein CX103 designs. All vessels in the series are chartered out to tour operators. Vessel number three, the Ocean Victory, has been chartered out to Albatros Expeditions in the winter season and to Victory Cruise Lines, for the summer season.

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