This project is a great challenge for all of us, we have to build a new ship based on the designs of 100 years old sailing boat and to comply with all safety regulations at the same time. Brodosplit Design Department did a phenomenal job without any flaws for which they were commended by Classification Society DNV GL. We will be so proud once we build the largest sailing ship in the world, Tomislav Debeljak, Brodosplit Chief Executive Officer, pointed out.
– Star Clippers Ltd. is present on European and American markets and is known for ships that are truthful replica of classic sailing ships. The new ship that is being built at Brodosplit is built according to the ship “France II” from 1911. Brodosplit has been recognized as one of the few shipyards that are capable for building such unique ship, from the design phase, building and fitting it with complex equipment and luxury interiors, as said by Mikael Krafft, owner of Star Clippers Ltd. from Monaco.
It will be 162 meters long and 18.5 meters wide, with deadweight of 2000 tons, five masts and sails with overall surface of 6.347 square meters. The type of Clipper sailing boat with such sail-plan is called barque. Marine platform that will be at the the stern will be equipped with the mechanism for opening and lowering until the sea level so that the passengers will have the direct sea access. The ship will have steel construction while the deck will be fully covered by the highest quality teak.
– The ship will be completely modern with top comfort of the highest level, yet with the touch of old times, and will comply with the strictest requirements, i.e. for noise and class rules. It will be envisaged for sail in all world seas, even in ice area, so it will be built in ice class, as pointed out by Radovan Načinović, Brodosplita Project Manager.
Three swimming-pools with fresh or sea water and underwater lights, heating and bubbles are planned on the ship as well. One of the pools could be used for diving, 50 cubic meters of water will be the volume of the largest swimming pool. There will be five decks, with accommodation for 450 persons, 300 passengers in 150 luxury cabins, and 74 crew cabins for 150 crew members.
It will be decorated in a luxury-style, but with style and atmosphere reminding of old sailing boats, there will be a library, large salons, one of which will extend over three decks with rails and piano. The most state of the art navigation and communication equipment will be installed on the clipper, each cabin will have Internet access, telephone, television, music and other entertainment facilities, the entire ship will be covered with Wi-Fi signal. There will be three bars on the open decks and galley extending over three decks. Air conditioning on the ship will be executed in accordance with high quality standards in order to satisfy the comfort of passengers in all climate conditions.
Specificity of the ship are its sails that will be operated by only few crew members, but also by passengers if they wish. The ship is intended exclusively for sailing although it will have two fully independent electric propulsion engines. It will have the Safe Return to Port system that will be installed in Croatia for the first time. This is a novelty in Croatian market and there have been new standards for increased safety of passenger ships, passengers and crew since 2010. This system actually means that all key equipment on the ship will be duplicated therefore there will be two engine rooms built with all electric energy and water supply plants and all fuel and oil systems with additional bridge. Everything will be literally doubled on the ship so that in case of any defect, fire or flooding of any space or zone on the ship, the ship will be able to return safely to port from the distance of almost 2000 NM which is the farthest point from land to sea.
The ship’s speed with the sails will be about 16 knots, and it is envisaged that it will be able to navigate up to 20 knots under the favourable weather conditions and operated by capable crew.
It will navigate at 16 knots of speed powered by its two engines, it will have pitch propellers, bow thruster and two rudders enabling it with extreme manouevring abilities. There will be six life boats that will be used as tender boats for transport of passengers to smaller ports or beaches, eight rafts, four sports boats and two smaller boats.