Having been in the marine publishing business for nearly three decades, it is increasingly rare to find a purpose-built vessel that is truly unique, but across my desk today comes news of the delivery of “The Pioneer One”, Germany’s first “editorial ship.”
Delivered to Berlin-based media company Media Pioneer, the vessel is envisioned as a “floating editorial hub”, providing a workplace for around 30 journalists.
“The Pioneer One” was built by the Lux-Werft shipyard in Niederkassel, it is propelled by Schottel propulsion units, specifically Schottel Pump Jet type SPJ 22 with 90 kW input power, driven by an electric motor. The resiliently mounted bow thruster minimizes structure-borne noise in the hull while significantly reducing the noise level on board. The result is a low-emission propulsion unit with an electric thruster that works so quietly that those on board the ship can fully focus on their work.
The technical specifications are designed for daily use on the Spree River and all zone 4 inland waterways. The ship measures 40 x 7 meters and sports 200 square meters of space, which includes TV broadcasting facilities and a podcast studio.
“The Pioneer One” travels on the Spree River in the centre of Berlin’s government district. Although headquarters to the editorial team, readers will also be allowed to visit the ship. Live broadcasts and events are planned for up to 100 participants.