Knud E. Hansen designs icebreaking expedition cruise ship

   September 27, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

Marine consultancy and architecture company Knud E. Hansen developed a new design for an ice-breaking cruise ship.

The PC3 ice-classed vessel has deadweight 1965 tons, LOA length 144 m, beam 22 m, draught 7 m, max passenger capacity 300 (plus 150 crew) and 150 staterooms, the majority of which with private step-out balconies. All cabins feature the company’s "Flex Cabin System" that allows walls to be reconfigured in order to convert a Suite into two separate cabins.

The newbuild is designed for max cruising speed 17 knots (20 mph / 32 kph). It can also operate in solid ice of up to 1,8 m thick and has diesel-electric propulsion based on 2 azipods, each with power output 7,5 MW. A total of 6 electricity generators are fuelled by a combination of LNG and MDO (marine diesel oil), while a lithium-ion battery bank powers the ship while it is docked.

Knud Hansen icebreaking cruise ship design (KN)

The new passenger ship design by Knud Hansen features as public spaces an Ice Bar, multi-purpose Lounge, a tender garage (for Zodiacs and other expedition equipment that can be launched via a portside shell door), an aft-located helicopter deck (where a helicopter is lowered into the hanger on the below deck).