Knud E Hansen unveils new icebreaking expedition ship


Knud E Hansen has unveiled images of a new design of icebreaking expedition cruise ship that could accommodate up to 300 passengers.

The vessel will have a length of 144 metres, 150 cabins, diesel-electric propulsion that will deliver a service speed of 17 knots and a range of 8,100 nautical miles in open water, and the ability to operate in solid multi-year ice of 1.8 metres thickness.

Six onboard generators fueled by a combination of diesel and LNG will provide a combined power of approximately 23 MW. A large lithium-ion battery bank will also provide power for the vessel while dockside, resulting in zero emissions in port.

The vessel will feature a layout with public spaces including a bar/lounge, multi-purpose lounge, library, gift shop, observation lounge, fitness room/spa including a panorama ice bar, as well as a pool and jogging area. There will also be a large tender garage for stowing rubber boats and other expedition equipment that can be easily launched through a shell door on the port side as well as a large helicopter deck aft where the helicopter can be lowered to the hangar on the deck below.

The vessel will be fully SOLAS compliant and is designed in strict adherence to safe return to port (SRTP) requirements through the inclusion of redundant, segregated power and propulsion systems as well as passenger safe havens and an auxiliary wheelhouse.

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