Ulstein Design & Solutions AS has been awarded a very important contract by China Merchant Group (CMG), China, who will be constructing an expedition cruise vessel for owner SunStone. The contract includes the design and equipment package for one and options for additional nine vessels.
"We have been working systematically to establish a position within this segment through innovation centered around customer needs and are very pleased to announce this breakthrough within the expedition cruise. We believe that our 100 years of shipbuilding experience, as well as innovative solutions and designs, will benefit our customers on this project," says Tore Ulstein, deputy CEO in Ulstein Group.
The ULSTEIN CX103 expedition cruise ship is 104.3 metres long and 18.4 metres wide. The ship will accommodate 255 persons including passengers and staff. The hull will be built in according to polar class PC6 and complies with the notation Safe Return to Port and Virtual Anchorage. The ship will be built at the China Merchants Heavy Industry yard for SunStone and is planned for delivery in 2019.
"This is a strategically very important contract for us and we are very pleased that we were chosen for this project. The team effort and cooperation between the ship owner, interior designer, yard, broker, sub suppliers and our employees has been very good. We look forward to making this project become a reality”, says managing director of Ulstein Design & Solutions AS, Eva Kristensen.