Wärtsilä to design expedition cruise ships for Amundsen

Wärtsilä will develop a customised design for up to six new luxury cruise vessels capable of polar and tropical expeditions.The ships will be owned and operated by Amundsen Expeditions and are targeted primarily at the growing Chinese market.

‘The ships are designed to operate efficiently in both tropical and polar waters,’ says Markku Miinala, General Manager, Ship Design Sales, Wärtsilä Marine. ‘Because of the harsh environment and often remote location of the cruise destinations, special attention has been given to ensuring the ships’ operational reliability.’

The vessels can carry 200 passengers and features all outside guest cabins, presidential suites, winter gardens and the latest environmental equipment. They will be fitted with Wärtsilä 32 engines, selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems for the abatement of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, electric propulsion, the Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum bridge system for navigation and communication, and automation solutions. The eventual supply package is likely to be supported by a ten-year maintenance agreement.

Picture by Wärtsilä.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.