Aurora Expeditions is to launch a new expedition vessel following its own custom design, including x-bow technology.
The company, which is working with US-based ship builders SunStone Ships, will deliver the 104 metre long, ice class 1A ship in 2019.
“With the development of our purpose-built expedition ship, we stay true to our small-ship philosophy where the focus is on the experience and engagement with the environment while at the same time providing the most comfortable form of travel in these challenging environments. In the polar regions, we will have the ability to reduce passenger numbers so we can continue to visit existing landings sites as well as explore new areas where strict regulations enforce no more than 100 people ashore at any one time.” said Robert Halfpenny, managing director of Aurora Expeditions.
“We are excited to be the first to market with this exciting new design. The vessel is the first to use the patented x-bow technology which has the ability to pierce waves with much greater stability, making open sea journeys – like Antarctica’s notorious Drake Passage – more pleasant for passengers than what is currently available from other small ships on the market today.” Halfpenny says.
According to a release by the company: “While a traditional bow vessel rises on the waves and then drops violently onto the surface of the water, an x-bow vessel, less subject to the vertical motions induced by the waves, continues on course more smoothly, while maintaining its speed. Because it uses less fuel to get through the waves, it also helps to save energy versus a conventional bow designed vessel.”
The ship is also going to feature a platform for kayakers and divers and a mud room for climbers and skiers. There will also be zodiacs on board. There will also be 180-degree indoor observation deck, balcony cabins, gym, sauna and spa.
Itineraries for the new ship are expected to be released later this year.