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Vard Delivers Ponant Cruise Vessel

Vard delivered Le Bougainville, its third expedition cruise vessel for Ponant. The 131m long, 184-passenger vessel, is the third in the series designed and built by VARD, following on from the delivery of Le Laperouse in June 2018 and Le Champlain in October. Vard Søviknes is now working on a fourth sister ship, Le Dumont-d’Urville, scheduled for delivery to French-owned PONANT in June this year.Created to be intimate in nature, with just 92 state rooms and suites, all of which boast balconies or private terraces…

Photo Courtesy: Fjellstrand

Shipbuilding: Rewriting the Book

As maritime digests a number of historical changes, Norway’s Fjellstrand shipyard wants to put aside the rule book and look at the whole process in a new way, reducing engineering costs up to 70% and production costs up to 20%.The process of designing and building a ship, even in today’s highly standardized mass manufacturing environment, remains largely a one-off, one-of-a-kind design and build. Ships are most often built to a shipowner’s or operator’s specific requirements, which are often based on fixed parameters such as speed…

“ ... the best expedition vessel ever built ... ” 
Nikolaos Doulis, Senior Vice President, New Buildings, Lindblad Expeditions, and the model of National Geographic Endurance at the tank testing facility, sporting Ulstein’s signature ‘XBox’. Photo: Lindblad Expeditions

"The best expedition cruise ship ever"

A cruise industry veteran of more than 25 years, Nikolaos Doulis, Lindblad Expeditions’ SVP, New Buildings, discusses with Maritime Reporter & Engineering News the build plan for “the best expedition cruise ship ever built.”Born in Greece to a seafaring family, Nikolaos Doulis was destined for a maritime career. His father was a ship captain and eventually a ship owner, and to support the family business he wanted his son to have an engineering education. So at the age of 14, Doulis started spending more time in and around ships…

Pic: Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

Scenic Eclipse Launch Delayed, Again

The launch of Scenic Eclipse, which is touted as world's most luxurious cruise ship and  the world’s first “discovery yacht”,  has been pushed back to 15 August 2019.Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours announced last July a five-month delay until January 2019, although that date was later amended to 13 April.The 228-guest Scenic Eclipse will now be a year late as the company announced it would take delivery of the new luxury vessel in August 2019.It is reported the shipyard has faced financial troubles…

Hurtigruten has plans for cruises to a wide range of new destinations, including the Norway Fjords, Svalbard, Russia, South America and Antarctica. Photo: Hurtigruten

Cruise Shipping: 'Green Cruising' with Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten orders third hybrid-powered expedition cruise shipGrowth in the global cruise sector continues, as Hurtigruten, the world’s largest expedition cruise operator, signed an MOU with shipbuilder Kleven Verft AS for the construction of a third hybrid-powered expedition cruise ship. Tom Mulligan, Maritime Reporter’s Science & Technology writer, reports from Norway.“We are thrilled to introduce yet another revolutionary hybrid-powered expedition ship,” enthused Hurtigruten’s CEO, Daniel Skjeldam.

Screen capture from the moment that Tamesis first crossed the equator on Dec 8 2018 (Photo: Marlink)

Linie Aquavit: Documenting a 4-Month Journey

Marlink’s Sealink VSAT recently proved integral to a unique ‘slow TV’ experiment spanning four months and two equatorial crossings.Arcus is the world’s largest producer of Linie Aquavit, a Norwegian beverage dating back to the early 19th century that derives its name from a tradition whereby oak barrels of Aquavit are transported on boats from Norway to Australia and back again, thereby crossing the equator (‘linje’ in Norwegian) twice before being bottled.Aquavit’s makers have always maintained that the incessant motion…

The first of Hurtigruten’s new hybrid powered expedition cruise vessels, the MS Roald Amundsen, under construction at the Kleven Yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway: delivery is expected in May 2019. (Photo: Tom Mulligan)

Shipbuilding: Hurtigruten Hybrid Construction Forges Ahead

Norwegian company Hurtigruten, the world’s largest expedition cruise operator, is continuing to push the boundaries when it comes to green travel with its order for three hybrid-powered vessels nearing completion, the first ship being due for delivery in May 2019.Two of these revolutionary ships are currently under construction at the Kleven Yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway, the MS Roald Amundsen and its sister ship, the MS Fritjof Nansen, both of which are custom-designed to cope with some of the most extreme conditions seen on our planet, each having a specially-designed, ice-strengthened hull.

Photo:  Knud E. Hansen

Two 24 m Explorer Type Motor Yachts Delivered

Recently the two Danish Owners Lars and Per Thrane have taken delivery of these two remarkable yachts designed by Knud E. Hansen and build by Holland Jachtbouw Zaandam, Netherlands.The yachts have been transferred to Denmark and are safely moored in a marina north of Copenhagen. The yachts are mainly going to operate in the Baltics, Denmark and Norway and will serve as private yachts for the Owners.The two yachts have been four years in the making and are equipped with the newest technology the super yacht industry can offer.

(Photo: Tom van Oossanen)

A Flair of Yacht Show on the River Thames

Since last week London´s main landmark shines in a new light and leaves passers-by with plain astonishment. Right in front of the Tower Bridge two brand new Mega Yachts have positioned themselves for an Abeking & Rasmussen Rendezvous. A sheer impressive backdrop; the anticipation for the Monaco Yacht Show in September is rising.The first unexpected appearance at the Tower Bridge was made by AVIVA. With a length of almost 100m AVIVA is the biggest yacht built by the pedigree yard in Lemwerder. Only a few weeks ago she had been seen in New York.

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Bolidt Eyes Polar Cruise Sector

Bolidt Synthetic Products & Systems' position for decking and flooring in mainstream cruise ship and superyacht markets has been quickly converted into a series of business wins in the fast-emerging polar expedition cruise ship sector.The most recent contract for the Dutch manufacturer’s hardwearing, environmentally friendly and visually attractive products covers the Hurtigruten newbuildings, Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansens, two hybrid propulsion expedition cruise ships under construction at Kleven shipyard in Norway.

Photo: HullWiper

New Onboard Hull Cleaning Solution Launched

HullWiper Ltd’s eco-friendly hull cleaning technology is now available as a flexible onboard solution that allows all types of vessels to clean hull fouling on demand.The onboard version of the diver- and brush-free remotely operated vehicle (ROV) gives vessels on a tight schedule the means to perform a partial or full hull clean on a planned rotation, as and when needed. Cruise ships and super yachts can clean at every stop without interruption to their timetables or inconvenience to passengers.The onboard solution…

Photo: Henriksen Hooks

Henriksen Hooks Celebrates 40 Years

Henriksen Hooks AS of Norway will celebrate the 40th birthday of its boat lifting hook at Seawork in July. Since its introduction in 1978, the Henriksen hook has become established among users as a safe and reliable means of launching a boat from a single crane. With more than 10,000 hooks now in use around the world, Henriksen boasts a 100 percent safety record maintained since its first hook appeared 40 years ago. Since then, Henriksen Hooks has also grown as a company following the introduction of additional single point lifting hook designs.Based today in Tønsberg on Norway’s Oslo Fjord…

Kleven Verft in Ulsteinvik, Norway. (Photo: Kleven)

Kleven, Lürssen Partner to Build Explorer Vessel

Norwegian shipbuilder Kleven said it has signed a contract with German based luxury yacht designer and builder Lürssen to collaborate for the delivery of a 100-meter-long exploration vessel newbuild for a non-disclosed customer. Kleven said the vessel will be built, partly outfitted and technically finalized at Kleven Verft in Norway, before final outfitting at Lürssen’s Blohm+Voss facility in Hamburg, Germany. The Lürssen Group recently joined a group of investors to collectively inject nearly $40 million into Norwegian shipyard.

Rendering of the VARD 6 01 (Image: Vard)

Vard Wins Expedition Cruise Contract

Vard Holdings Limited said it won a contract for the design and construction of an expedition cruise vessel for Coral Expeditions of Australia. Newly developed by Vard Design in Norway in cooperation with the customer, the vessel is specially designed for small ship expedition cruises to remote and exotic destinations in the regions of Asia-Pacific. The vessel of VARD 6 01 design, measuring 93.5 x 17.2 meters, with room for 120 guests. True to the Coral Expeditions business concept…

PBES Norway, Pangea Marine Trade Ink Agency Agreement

PBES and Pangea Marine Trade has announced the agreement to represent PBES energy storage for hybrid and fully electric commercial marine vessels in Southern Europe. “The hybrid power system of today is smart, proven technology, designed for ease of integration and uninterrupted performance,” said Brent Perry, Chief Executive Officer, PBES. “PBES energy storage is ideal to optimize the vessels Pangea’s customers are currently supplying to the marine industry”.   The PBES energy storage system has been designed to high performance and safety standards and is designed to seamlessly integrate with all top OEM propulsion systems.

Kleven Delivers 116 m Superyacht

Norway’s Kleven has delivered a 116 m superyacht to its owner, Graeme Hart. The vessel left Kleven Verft in Ulsteinvik, Norway this weekend, heading for Germany, where the final completion of the vessel is to be carried out by mid 2017. “It has been a great pleasure working with Mr Hart and his team on this magnificent project. We highly appreciate the trust they have shown us by placing not just one but two orders with Kleven, in what was a new segment for us,” said Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven. The vessel is of type MT 5006 MKII ESV…

Terranova 85 (Photos: Dahm International)

Terranova, Dahm Settling a New Dealership

Europe-wide exclusive sales representation for new build explorer motor yachts. Dahm international, member of the DEUTSCHE YACHTEN, Superyachts Germany working group, and Terranova Italian Yachts have announced their newly agreed Europe-wide exclusive sales representation for new build explorer motor yachts from 68‘ to 115‘. Both companies are recognized for their commitment and passion for super yachts and yachting. In April 2015, Terranova was taken over by new owners and re-named Terranova Italian Yachts, a 100 percent Italian company continuing its path and further improvements.

PFM 4500 mounted on the Ulysses superyacht.  (Photo: PALFINGER MARINE)

Superyacht Ulysses Equipped with 8 Heavy-duty Cranes

One of the world’s largest dedicated luxury explorer yachts, the 107 meter Ulysses, is equipped with eight PALFINGER MARINE cranes in total. Two heavy duty foldable knuckle boom cranes, four extension booms (type PK 90002 M) and two smaller compact cranes. In March 2016 the yacht was delivered to her owner. Ulysses is the first private superyacht undertaken by Norwegian shipbuilder Kleven and reaches a top speed of 16 knots. Ulysses can accommodate 60 guests over seven decks and offers amenities including a helicopter landing pad, helicopter garage and a swimming pool.

Simrad NSS evo3! Photo Simrad

Simrad NSS EVO3 Multifunction Display Unveiled

A new generation of    functionality and ease of use for offshore    performance  Egersund, Norway – The evolution of the Simrad brand built into  one multifunction display and then taken to    the extremes to satisfy    the    world’s    most demanding sportfishing  enthusiasts  – this is the Simrad NSS evo3. Announced today,    the    evo3 series    is the realization of the future of fishing, the connected vessel and boating electronics. The combined styling, technology  and performance of the units push new boundaries.