3. Knud E Hansen introduced new icebreaking cruise ship
Knud E Hansen introduced new icebreaking cruise ship

Knud E Hansen introduced new icebreaking cruise ship

A new 144-meter-long icebreaking expedition cruise ship concept with accommodation for up to 300 passengers in 150 cabins has been launched by the naval architecture and marine engineering firm Knud E. Hansen.


The vessel has diesel electric propulsion and two azipod-units, each 7.5 MW, designed to reach a service speed of 17 knots in open water, and with the ability to work in solid multi-year ice of 1.8 m thickness. The combined power of the six generators is approximately 23 MW and is powered by a mixture of marine diesel oil (MDO) and natural gas (LNG).

There are two tunnel thrusters, each of which is around 1,500 KW, located at the bow, offering a high degree of maneuverability in conjunction with the twin screw arrangement. A large lithium-ion battery bank is also available to power the vessel when dockside, resulting in no pollution from the port. In open sea, the vessel has a length of 8,100 nautical miles.

The vessel also has a large tender garage that can be conveniently launched through a shell door on the port side for storing zodiacs and other expedition equipment. The vessel features a large aft helicopter deck where it is possible to lower the helicopter to the hangar on the deck below. Two service lifts are available and three passenger lifts provide access to all decks of accommodation.

By having redundant, segregated power and propulsion systems as well as passenger safe havens and an auxiliary wheelhouse, the vessel is entirely SOLAS compliant, strictly consistent with Safe Return to Port (SRtP) requirements. Special attention has been paid to the regulations of MarPol as well as the Polar code, the designer said.

Length o.a: 144.2 m
Length pp: 127.6 m
Breadth molded: 22 m
Depth moulded to deck: 39.2 m
Design draught: 7 m
Deadweight: 1,965 t
Ice class: PC3
Max number of passengers: 300
Number of crew: 150

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