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CMHI cuts steel for fifth Infinity-class ship, Ocean Odyssey

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The steel-cutting ceremomy took place at CMHI in Haimen, China
China Merchants Heavy Industry cut steel for Ocean Odyssey, the fifth in SunStone Ships' Infinity class.

For Vantage Travel

It is scheduled for delivery in 2022 and will operate year-round expedition cruises for US-based Vantage Travel.

The project marries European design and quality with Chinese shipbuilding efficiency for cutting-edge design, innovations like X-BOW technology and significant operating efficiencies.

Moving fast forward, despite pandemic

'We are very pleased with the quality and high building standards of China Merchants Heavy Industry, which are fully at the level of European shipyards,' SunStone CEO Niels-Erik Lund said. 'We are looking forward to continuing our relationships with all our partners in the Infinity-class project and we, even considering the COVID-19 world crisis, are moving fast forward as planned at very satisfactory speed, safety and quality level.'

The ceremony took place at CMHI in Haimen.

Infinity-class vessels measure 104 meters, 18 meters at the beam and with a draft of  5.1 meters. They offer capacity for 130 to 200 passengers with space for 85 to 115 crew.

The vessels are being built to Ice Class 1A/Polar Code 6 and feature the patented X-BOW by Ulstein Design & Solutions.

Other Infinity-class ships

Since the delivery of the first, Greg Mortimer, other Infinity-class vessels on the way include Ocean Victory, Ocean Explorer and Sylvia Earle, all planned for 2021 delivery, Ocean Odyssey and Ocean Albatros in 2022 and Ocean Discoverer in 2023.

Ocean Explorer floated out Aug. 14

Ocean Explorer, fourth in the series and also planned for Vantage Travel, was floated out at the same shipyard on Aug. 14.

According to SunStone, all vessels ordered have long-term charter agreements in place.

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