National Geographic Endurance Review and Specifications
Specifications of National Geographic Endurance
|Year built||2020 new ship|
|Builder||Ulstein Verft (Ulsteinvik, Norway)|
|Class||ice-strengthened expedition ship|
|Building cost||USD 135 million (EUR 113 million)|
|Operator||Lindblad National Geographic Cruises|
|Passengers||126 - 138|
Review of National Geographic Endurance
National Geographic Endurance cruise ship is newest Lindblad-National Geographic vessel scheduled for delivery in January 2020.
On November 7, 2017, the shipowner Lindblad Expeditions and the shipbuilder Ulstein Verft signed an agreement to build the new vessel at the price of USD 134,6 million, with 20% due up front. By the contract, the delivery deadline is January 21, 2020 (potential "accelerated" delivery on November 18, 2019). The deal also included building two more (optional) vessels of the same class and design) to be constructed in subsequent years.
The ship's 69 staterooms include 12 single-occupancy cabins (studios). Of all cabins, 75% have private balconies. The wellness complex (spa and fitness facilities) include a modern gym room, relaxation area, yoga room (for classes), treatment rooms (for massages), saunas, 2 "infinity pool" Jacuzzis.
Dining venues include a main restaurant (with panoramic floor-ceiling window views), bistro (lido buffet restaurant) and an outdoor barbeque bar.
The vessel also features an innovative Zodiac launching system (serving its fleet of large-capacity Inflatable boats), expedition equipment provided on landings (cross-country skis, seakayaks), hydrophones, underwater video cameras, 2 remotely operated vehicle (ROVs), video microscope, helipad (top-deck helicopter landing platform).
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- On January 5, 2018, was the vessel's steel-cutting ceremony (yard number 312) held at CRIST shipyard (Gdynia, Poland).
- On March 9, 2018, was announced that ABB Goup was contracted to deliver the newbuild's automation, propulsion, power and digital equipment.
- On March 17, 2018, was the keel-laying ceremony, on which was also officially announced the boat's name. The ceremony was attended by Sven Lindblad (cruise company's President and CEO). The ceremony also included the traditional laying of coins. First welded was a commemorative silver coin - etched with the vessel's name flanked by a penguin and polar bear (signifying Earth's both poles) and etched with "To Explore and Understand the World".
- On March 9, 2018, was announced that ABB Goup was contracted to deliver the newbuild's
- The boat's name honors the sail ship Endurance (3-masted barquentine built 1912) in which the British polar explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922) started the Imperial Transantarctic Expedition (aka "Endurance Expedition", 1914-1917). Unfortunately, in November 1915, the sailing ships was crushed by ice in Weddell Sea and sank off Antarctic Peninsula.
- After completion, the vessel will be towed from Poland to the Ulstein shipyard in Ulsteinvik (Hareidlandet Island, Norway) for outfitting.
- The boat's namesake is the 1992-built MS Sea Endurance (owned by Noble Caledonia).
National Geographic Endurance ship technology
The ship design features Ulstein's patented X-BOW providing fuel efficiency and significantly improved stability in rough weather. The larger fuel and water tanks allow extended navigation in remote destinations.
- The hull is ice-strengthened, which higher ice-class allows access to territories deep into the polar regions. Modern stabilizers ensure stability at zero speed (when the ship makes full stop for wildlife viewing or for landings / passenger embarkation and disembarkation).
- The vessel's propulsion includes two Azipod DO units (produced by ABB), which require 1/4 less power in comparison to units of equivalent performance.
- "ABB Ability" systems are also part of the equipment. ABB's "System 800xA" (distributed control and electrical control System) further improves fuel efficiency and safety. This advanced marine technology integrates the vessel's power, propulsion and management systems into one platform, enabling the crew and land-based teams to monitor all the data needed for the optimal ship performance. ABB's "Collaborative Operations System provides real-time connection between the ship and ABB’s Collaborative Operations Center experts monitoring technologies' performances. This feature is of utmost importance as the boat operates in remote areas. ABB Group hasa 7 land-based support centers that coordinate remote marine equipment analysis, monitoring, diagnostics, as well as predictive maintenance services. The company's "Electric-Digital-Connected" concept reduces on-call engineer services (up to 70%) and docking costs (up to 50%).
- The Danish company VMS Group (General Electric's sales agent for Denmark) delivered the ship's all four General Electric marine diesel engines (models L250 and V250) produced by GE Transportation. The new GE engines integrate upgraded control system, 2-stage turbocharging, high-pressure common rail injection and advanced scrubber system (EGR / exhaust gas recirculation). The advanced marine engine technology eliminates the need for SCR-equipment (Selective Catalytic System). It saves onboard space, releases load and tank capacities and also saves the costs associated with the equipment's purchase, installation and maintenance. Skipping SCR, monitoring and dosing equipment (urea tanks) saves up to 75% onboard space and also reduces the shipbuilding time and cost.
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