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Start-up Amundsen Expeditions and Wärtsilä designing luxury cruise ships for polar and tropical waters

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Amundsen Expeditions’ Wärtsilä-designed luxury expedition cruise vessels will operate efficiently in both polar and tropical conditions.
Start-up Amundsen Expeditions, targeted primarily at the growing Chinese market, is working with Wärtsilä’s in-house design team to develop a customised design for up to six luxury expedition cruise vessels capable of carrying 200 passengers each.

‘The ships are designed to operate efficiently in both tropical and polar waters. Because of the harsh environment and often remote location of the cruise destinations, special attention has been given to ensuring the ships’ operational reliability,’ says Markku Miinala, general manager, ship design sales, Wärtsilä Marine who reports the design order was signed with Amundsen Expeditions in the third quarter of 2019.

Complete package of Wärtsilä solutions

The vessels come with a complete package of Wärtsilä solutions, including Wärtsilä 32 engines, selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems for the abatement of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, electric propulsion, the Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum bridge system for navigation and communication, as well as Wärtsilä automation solutions.

The eventual supply package is likely to be supported by a 10-year maintenance agreement, which will ensure the safety, reliability, and efficiency of the vessels, while providing cost assurances for budgeting purposes, noted Wärtsilä.

‘The design 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,’ says Maikel Arts, general manager, cruise business, Wärtsilä Marine.

Advanced design

Captain Rajko Zupan of Amundsen Expeditions, who has been actively involved in the ship’s design since the inception of the project commented, ‘the cruise ships are highly complex and require advanced design expertise. They will feature all outside guest cabins, presidential suites, winter gardens and the latest environmental equipment. We appreciate Wärtsilä’s ongoing support in this project.’


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