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Saturday, April 27, 2019 

SunStone Ships has signed a contract for the construction of vessel number six in the Infinity series, all designed by Ulstein. Niels-Erik Lund, SunStone CEO, expects that the remaining four options will be signed by the end of 2019.

Expedition cruise company SunStone’s previous philosophy was to buy existing vessels, it has now decided on newbuilding as the best way to grow their fleet. This move stems from a drop in available tonnage and the quick growth in the exploration market. In 2017, SunStone and China Merchants Heavy Industry entered into an agreement on the construction of potentially ten vessels in the Infinity series based on Ulstein’s CX103 X-bow design.

“Our charterers are anxious to enjoy the advantages of our cutting-edge technology, like the X-Bow design, along with the significant operating efficiencies offered by the Infinity class. So, we’re moving as quickly as possible to get them into the market,” said  Lund.

The 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. The hull will be built according to Polar class 6, Polar code Cat B, with DP system and zero-speed stabilisers, and classed by Bureau Veritas.

The Infinity class project is a global cooperation, with the ship owner and interior designer in the US, the interior supplier and ship designer are Scandinavian, the shipbuilding is carried out in China and the operators (charterers) are world-wide. Ulstein is responsible for the ship designs including the equipment package which has been purchased in Europe.

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