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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 

Ulstein reports that the launching ceremony of the ‘Greg Mortimer’, the first polar expedition cruise vessel in SunStone Ships’ Infinity series, was held on 12 March at the CMHI yard, China. The steel cutting ceremony of ship number three in the series was arranged at the same time.

Cruise operator Aurora Expeditions has chartered the vessel, and named her after their founder, Greg Mortimer, who attended the launch ceremony.

According to Xianpu Hu, MD of China Merchants Industry Group, the construction of vessel number 1 started on 16 March 2018, less than one year ago. The short build time was achieved due to the great cooperation with the suppliers and service industry.

Niels Erik Lund, president of SunStone Ships, said that more than 1.8 million labour hours have been put into this ship. “This is the first time an expedition cruise ship has been built at a Chinese yard. The progress has been smooth and according to plan. I am convinced that we will see a safe delivery of this vessel later this year, for the vessel to commence operations in the Antarctic this winter season.”

Ulstein’s contract is with the CMHI yard. Four firm contracts have so far been signed, and six options. The Infinity Class vessels are 104.4 m long and 18.4 m wide. They have a passenger capacity of 130-200, and a crew capacity of 85-115, and are built to ice standard PC5, Cat B.

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