Amundsen Expeditions’ Wärtsilä-designed expedition cruise vessels will operate in challenging polar and tropical conditions Photo: Wärtsilä
Wärtsilä has won a contract to develop a customised design for up to six new luxury expedition cruise vessels owned and operated by Amundsen Expeditions.
The ships are targeted primarily at the growing Chinese market and the order with Wärtsilä was signed in the third quarter of 2019.
“The ships are designed to operate efficiently in both tropical and polar waters,” explained Markku Miinala, general manager, ship design sales, Wärtsilä Marine.
“Because of the harsh environment and often remote location of the cruise destinations, special attention has been given to ensuring the ships’ operational reliability,” he added.
The new vessels will be fitted with a complete package of Wärtsilä solutions including Wärtsilä 32 engines, selective catalytic reduction systems, electric propulsion, the Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum bridge system for navigation and communication together with Wärtsilä automation solutions.
The package is likely to be supported by a ten-year maintenance agreement, which will ensure the safety, reliability and efficiency of the vessels, while providing cost assurances for budgeting purposes.
“The design emphasises Wärtsilä’s strength as a complete solutions provider,” commented Maikel Arts, general manager, cruise business, Wärtsilä Marine. “Our one-stop-shop capability, which allows the ship design to be combined with a complete package of onboard solutions, enables a truly integrated design. This results in the various onboard systems working seamlessly in harmony to provide the optimal level of reliability and efficiency, while keeping cost and time considerations under control,” he added.