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Thursday, June 20, 2019 

Knud E. Hansen has announced its latest design, a 110m sail-assisted cruise vessel that can accommodate up to 100 passengers and has a range of 6000 nautical miles.

The design is aimed at the adventure-cruise market and will appeal to passengers who prefer a more intimate cruise experience while visiting destinations that are inaccessible by larger ships.

By leveraging its experience in the design of small to medium sized expedition cruise vessels, Knud E. Hansen has produced a design that addresses a number of growing trends in the cruise industry. The higher end of the market prefers smaller ships where passengers can escape the crowds typically found on the large cruise lines. Furthermore, the modest length and shallow draught of this vessel allow it to anchor in small harbours, away from the throngs of tourists found in busier ports.

The design also appeals to the growing eco-tourism segment that aims to travel the world while minimising their carbon footprint. The combination of low-sulphur diesel and wind power result in a vessel that exceeds the requirements for Emission Control Areas and all forthcoming IMO regulations. The vessel also includes a large battery bank to allow for zero emissions in port as well as specially protected areas.

The vessel features a modern rig designed by Detlev Loell Ingenieurbüro, GmbH, comprisng three free-standing masts, each with a fully-battened main sail with adjustable trailing-edge flaps for optimizing lift. The total sail area, which includes a single head sail on the forward mast, is 1910m2. The sails are computer-operated and are designed to provide peak performance, even in light winds.

The rig design, combined with four diesel-electric engines, will allow the vessel to cruise at 15 knots in most operating conditions. The twin-screw arrangement and pair of tunnel thrusters forward allow for superior maneuverability in small ports and anchorages. Active fin stabilisers limit the vessel’s heel to 6 degrees in sail-assisted mode, in order to ensure passenger comfort in typical operating conditions.

The accommodation decks include 46 passenger cabins and 2 deluxe cabins. The design has been developed in-house, by the experienced staff of naval architects, marine engineers and designers at Knud E. Hansen as well as the sail experts at the Detlev Loell Ingenieurbüro.

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