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Monday, September 9, 2019 

The first expedition cruise vessel in SunStone’s Ulstein-designed Infinity class series has been named ‘Greg Mortimer’ at the China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) Haimen base.

The vessels have been designed and developed by Norway-based Ulstein Design & Solutions together with the ship’s owner and their client, Aurora Expeditions. The first vessel has now been delivered and is all set for her first Antarctica venture. The ship is named after Greg Mortimer, the founder of Aurora Expeditions, which has chartered the ship.

“The ship design contracts for SunStone Ships were a break-through for Ulstein in the expedition cruise market, and we are excited that our partner, the CMHI yard, now has delivered the first Chinese-built expedition cruise vessel. From Ulstein’s side, a strong effort has been put on understanding the demands of passengers and crews to design a vessel that is creating the best possible platform for a lasting experience”, said Tore Ulstein, COO Ulstein Design & Solutions and deputy CEO of Ulstein Group.

The Greg Mortimer is the first of potentially 10 polar expedition cruise vessels for the US based SunStone Ships to be built at the CMHI yard, China. This is the first expedition cruise ship to incorporate Ulstein’s patented X-Bow design which leads to a smoother and more comfortable journey in head seas. Lower resistance in waves means that less fuel is needed to cut through the waves, hence a lower environmental footprint.

The 104m ship is built to Polar Class 6 standards and boasts 80 passenger cabins with private bathrooms and balconies. Other facilities include a restaurant and a bar, a lecture room, a lounge, a 180-degree indoor observation deck and outdoor viewing areas. Other highlights include a custom-designed platform for kayakers and divers, a dedicated sea-level Zodiac loading platform, and a mud room for day ventures. Side ports facilitate the loading and offloading of four Zodiacs at the same time.

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