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Tuesday, April 2, 2019 

River Cruise specialist A-ROSA has signed a contract with Concordia Damen for a newbuild River Cruise Vessel, to be delivered spring 2021, for operation in the northern Rhine region, including trips from Cologne to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Bruges.

Environmental protection is a priority for A-ROSA. "We want to protect the natural areas that we travel through – and the urban areas, of course. That's why we brought Matthias Lutter on board to oversee the new ship project – he's an expert on alternative drives. Together with the shipyard, he developed an E-Motion ship that switches to battery power when approaching a city, so that it doesn't produce any emissions on the approach," said Jörg Eichler, MD of A-ROSA.

Like all the other ships in the fleet, the new vessel will be equipped with a shore power connection. This allows for battery charging overnight, so the ship will also be able to leave the city without producing any emissions. In addition to A-ROSA's usual energy-saving and environmental protection features, the new ship will also have an optimised hull design and employ "DACS" air-bubble technology – patented by the Damen shipyard – to reduce fuel consumption. By the time the second ship – planned for 2023 – joins the fleet, it is expected that the prototype's innovations will have been further optimised.

"Our new ship heralds a new era of travel – both in terms of sustainability and use of space, and in terms of creating the perfect city break for people of all ages that is personalised, stimulating and relaxing at the same time," said  Eichler.

In total, the vessel will present 140 cabins, including two-person cabins with a balcony and separate living and sleeping areas, as well as family-friendly accommodation.

“With this we will usher in a new era of travel that offers the perfect blend of experience and relaxation. With a length of 135m, a width of 17.7m and a fourth deck, it offers more space, not only to meet the expectations of our clients, but to exceed them. With Concordia Damen we have found the ideal partner for this project because it is a traditional, and at the same time, innovative shipyard that stands for quality and reliability,” said Eichler.

Concordia Damen MD Simon Provoost said: “Concordia Damen has invested time and energy into the river cruise market since the beginning of our joint venture and we are delighted that this has led to a contract with A-ROSA. Our work on innovations such as zero emissions battery propulsion, hull optimisation and air lubrication finds a natural resonance with such a forward thinking client.”

SVP sales and marketing Damen Cruise Andrea Trevisan said, “We are extremely happy to be welcoming a prestigious client like A-ROSA with the first River Cruise contract by the Damen Shipyards Group. The contract is another example of the cohesive proposition of Damen Cruise to the industry with newbuilding of both ocean and river-going cruise ships and its dedicated maintenance and upgrade services.”

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