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Keel laid for fuel-saving expedition ship

Vessel features expanded bunker tanks for prolonged operations in remote areas.



Illustration of the expedition ship National Geographic Endurance, ordered by Lindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc. Image credit: Ulstein


Updated on 20 Mar 2018 07:43 GMT

The keel-laying ceremony for the vessel dubbed "the world's most sophisticated expedition ship" by its designer Ulstein took place on March 17.

The Lindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc vessel, which is to be named National Geographic Endurance, had its keel laid at the CRIST shipyard in Gdynia, Poland.

A core feature of the vessel is Ulstein's signature X-BOW - a distinctive bow that is designed to provide fuel efficiency while significantly improving guest comfort in rough seas.

The ship's expanded fuel and water tanks provide for extended operations in remote areas, while the zero-speed stabilizers are said to ensure stability, whether at zero speed or full steam ahead.

The National Geographic Endurance has a Polar Class 5 rating. Sven Lindblad, President and CEO of Lindblad Expeditions, remarked: "A Polar Class 5 rating gives us the ability to operate the ship freely at any time of year in polar environments vastly expanding our polar range. This means we can explore deeper into the pack ice, or further north to the unexplored reaches of the arctic. For instance, northern Ellesmere Island, where only a relative handful of people have ever been. Or some of the completely off-the-beaten-path arctic islands that are remote, pristine and teeming with wildlife."






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