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ULSTEIN REPORTS SEA TRIAL SUCCESS FOR LATEST CRUISE SHIP

ULSTEIN REPORTS SEA TRIAL SUCCESS FOR LATEST CRUISE SHIP

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 

The SunStone Ships Sylvia Earle newbuild, featuring Ulstein design and comprehensive equipment package, has successfully completed sea trials.

Ulstein has provided a site team at the CMHI yard during the shipbuilding period. Sea trials comprised five days of intense testing of the vessel’s systems while underway in the south China Sea. The equipment package includes an Integrated Automation System (IAS), Power Management System (PMS), power package (switchboards, bow thruster starters, drives), bridge and navigation equipment, and Ulstein Com (Internet, TV, telephone, PA system).

The ship is the latest of SunStone’s purpose-built Infinity cruise series, all based on the Ulstein CX103 design. Each vessel has been chartered out to various operators and the design proves its flexibility by having been customised for each charterer’s needs. The Sylvia Earle will be operated by Australia-based Aurora Expeditions, the first cruise charterer to take in use the Ulstein X-Bow to provide extra passenger comfort on ocean cruises.

The cruise vessels of the CX103 design measure 104m in length and 18m in the beam, with a draught of 5.1m. The passenger capacity varies between 130 and 200 and the crew capacity between 85 and 115. The vessels are built to Ice Class 1A and Polar Code 6 standards and comply with the Safe Return to Port regulations. Although compact in size, the vessels hold all the services and facilities to be expected in a luxury cruise vessel.

So far, three of the Infinity Class newbuilds have been delivered, the Greg Mortimer, the Ocean Explorer and the Ocean Victory, while three vessels are in various phases of shipbuilding, the Sylvia Earle, the Ocean Odyssey and the Ocean Albatros.

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