Sunstone Lays Keel For Next Ulstein Designed Expedition Cruise Vessel

A keel-laying ceremony has been held for the ‘Ocean Albatros’, SunStone Ships’ new expedition cruise vessel, at the CMHI shipyard, China, on 20 January 2022. The ship is number six in the INFINITY class of X-BOW expedition ships, all designed by Ulstein.

The 'Ocean Albatros' in polar surroundings
The ‘Ocean Albatros’ in polar surroundings | Image Credits:

SunStone Ships has ordered a series of small-ship expedition cruise vessels of the ULSTEIN CX103 design for construction at CMHI. These are the first China-built cruise vessels, and also the first to introduce the X-BOW® feature in their design, to increase comfort for the passengers.

They are designed for low-energy consumption and reduced emissions. The vessels are chartered to travel operators. Several of the vessels have already been delivered and are in operation, while some are currently under construction.

Keel laying is one of the important milestones in a shipbuilding project
Keel laying is one of the important milestones in a shipbuilding project | Image Credits:

The vessel offers a total of 95 staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed sea views, most with their own balcony. The vessel holds the Polar Code 6 (Ice Class 1A) for voyages to destinations such as Antarctica and the Arctic. The X-BOW hull line design and zero-speed stabilizers provide smooth movements. The Safe Return to Port (SOLAS regulation) facilitates a safe return to port in case of an unwanted incident.

The keel laying ceremony for the 'Ocean Albatros' was held at the CMHI yard on 20 January 2022
The keel laying ceremony for the ‘Ocean Albatros’ was held at the CMHI yard on 20 January 2022 | Image Credits:

In addition to the ship design, Ulstein has also delivered a comprehensive equipment package to this vessel.


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