Passenger Ship News Roundup | September 28 – US and Norwegian cruise ships, large Danish Ro-Pax and UK-designed electric hydrofoil commuter ferry concept

A Norwegian cruise ship is returning to service after being fitted with a new propulsion system while construction nears completion on a US-operated polar expedition ship and a Danish-owned fast catamaran ferry. Design and build work is also underway on an electric hydrofoil ferry for UK operation and a cruise ship for a US-based client.

Coastal ship Hurtigruten Norway joins its fleet after refitting battery-powered hybrid

Richard with (Photo: Hurtrigruten/Richard Cranna)

Hurtigruten Norway, the coastal cruise brand of Norwegian shipping company Hurtigruten, welcomed the cruise ship Richard with into its fleet following an upgrade program that included the installation of a hybrid battery propulsion system.

The refit was carried out at the facilities of the local shipyard Myklebust Verft. In addition to being fitted with new motors and two large 1,120 kWh battery packs, Richard with now also features Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems, new propeller blades, a new bulbous bow, improved boilers, a retractable azimuth thruster aft and an advanced sewage treatment plant .

Six other ships in the Hurtigruten Norway fleet will undergo a similar refit program, which will end in 2024.

Molslinjen’s future big Ro-Pax hits the water

Photo: Austal Philippines

Austal Philippines has launched a new large catamaran Ro-Pax ferry planned for Danish operator Molslinjen.

The 115 meters designed by Austal Australia Express 5 will have a capacity of 1,610 passengers and up to 450 cars when completed. The propulsion system can be configured to run on LNG and will provide a service speed of 37 knots.

Facilities will include a casual restaurant, bar and children’s play area.

Chinese Shipyard Launches New SunStone Ships Ship

Photo: SunStone Marine Group

China Merchants Heavy Industry Haimen launched ocean albatrossthe sixth Infinity-class expedition vessel to be built for SunStone Ships.

The Bureau Veritas-class vessel will measure 104 by 18 meters and will be able to accommodate up to 200 people. Facilities will include a swimming pool, bar, restaurants, lounges, boutique, gym and spa.

The ship’s hull is built to Ice Class 1A and PC6 ratings.

Northern Irish company to build electric hydrofoil

Photo: Artemis Technologies

Northern Ireland-based engineering firm Artemis Technologies has unveiled images of a proposed design for a high-speed ferry fitted with hydrofoils and all-electric propulsion.

Each ferry in the series will be 24 meters long, have a capacity of 15 passengers, a top speed of 38 knots and a range of 115 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 25 knots.

The first vessel in the series is expected to enter service in 2024. It will be operated by Condor Ferries.

Princess Cruises’ future ship will have a capacity of 4,000 passengers

Photo: Princess Cruises

Carnival Corporation’s Princess Cruises brand recently showed off images of what will be the largest ship in its fleet with a capacity of 4,000 guests.

Appointed Princess of the Sun, the bespoke 175,000 ton vessel will feature 2,157 staterooms, multi-story dining rooms and a three-story atrium. The energy will be provided by an LNG propulsion system.

Princess of the Sun is under construction at the Italian shipyard Fincantieri. It is expected to sail for its inaugural season in early 2024.

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