The Ocean Victory, the latest in the six-ship Infinity expedition cruise ship series, has been delivered from CMHI’s Haimen Shipyard in China. The ships, all customised versions of the Ulstein CX103 design, are built to Polar Code Category B, with Polar Class 6 and Ice Class 1A on machinery.
The Ocean Victory, which will be operated by Victory Cruise Lines during the summer season and Albatros Expeditions over the winter season, is due to embark on its first sailing to Antarctica, fully booked, during the last week of November.
The dynamically positioned vessels have zero-speed stabilisers, Tier III engines with SCR catalysts operating on low-sulphur marine gasoil. They also have waste heat recovery systems, waste water management installations, and LED lighting. During the Ocean Victory sea trials, Albatros Expeditions noted record-low emissions per passenger.
Lead naval architect, Torill Muren, was present on the first SunStone ship to be delivered, Greg Mortimer, when it made its inaugural trip to Antarctica. He explained that the ships’ hulls have been optimised for low fuel consumption using computational fluid dynamics analysis and incorporate Ulstein’s distinctive X-Bow for fuel economy and good seakeeping characteristics.
Latest Ulstein-design expedition ship delivered in China