Ulstein cuts steel for Lindblad's polar newbuild

The first steel is cut at Ulsteinvik The first steel is cut at Ulsteinvik

Norway's Ulstein Verft cut steel for Lindblad Expeditions' first polar newbuild, scheduled for delivery in 2020.

The steel-cutting ceremony at Ulsteinvik was supervised by Janusz Stechly of DNV-GL and yard representatives Ole Osnes Gjerde and Marek Lewczuk.

The ship is designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions using the patented X-BOW to provide fuel efficiency while significantly improving passenger comfort in rough seas.

It has a very high ice class for access deep into polar regions, while the expanded fuel and water tanks provide for extended operations in remote areas.

Zero-speed stabilizers will ensure stability even when the ship is stopped for wildlife observation.

Posted 09 January 2018

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