SV Rembrandt van Rijn Review and Specifications
Specifications of SV Rembrandt van Rijn
|Year built||1994 / Age : 25|
|Builder||Scheepswerf Gebroeders Boot (Leiderdorp, Holland)|
|Class||3-Mast Schooner (sailing ship)|
|Speed||9 kn / 17 kph / 10 mph|
|Length (LOA)||56 m / 184 ft|
|Beam (width)||7 m / 23 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||307 gt|
|Decks with cabins||1|
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SV Rembrandt van Rijn is an ice-strengthened 3-masted schooner (sailing ship) part of Oceanwide Expeditions fleet - together with the newbuilds Janssonius (2021) and Hondius (2019), Ortelius, Plancius and the polar sailing ship Noorderlicht.
The vessel was built as a lugger (traditional French fishing boat) in 1924. It has served as a schooner and coaster under the flags of Germany, Denmark, Panama and Holland. The ship has been lengthened 3 times and fitted with 4 different engines during its career.
History - construction and ownership
Specializing in passenger shipping and navigation in icy waters, with the newbuilds Janssonius and Hondius the headquartered in Vlissingen Netherlands cruise company Oceanwide Expeditions grew not only as fleet/capacity but also as brand popularity and trust.
Founded in 1993, Oceanwide Expeditions (shipowner) is one of the industry's small cruise lines offering regularly-scheduled and flexible polar cruise tours providing its customers with the opportunity to contact with Arctic-Antarctica's wildlife, unique landscapes, nautically important polar regions and historical sites. Oceanwide Expeditions has year-round planned itineraries - during summer (April through September) in the Arctic and during winter (October through March) in Antarctica. Most Oceanwide-organized tours are in sea-only accessible areas, usually without any land/port infrastructure. In most of these locations, the cruise ship anchors near the coast and all passengers are tendered (via Zodiac Milpro boats) to the landing sites. Each boat is crewed and guided by a dedicated expedition team.
Oceanwide Expeditions supports renown organizations dedicated to wildlife preservation and sustainable environmental development projects in Earth's polar regions. Among these organizations are AECO (Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators - cruise line organization working mainly in Europe's Arctic / Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard Norway), IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators, 1991-founded association of 100+ members/companies) and BirdLife International (1922-founded global organizations dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats).
SV Rembrandt van Rijn was rebuilt in 1994 and served in Spitsbergen Norway (1994-1996) and Galapagos Ecuador (1998-2001). Until 2011, the sailing ship underwent complete drydock rebuilding and refurbishment. Its navigation and communication equipment was completely renewed in accordance with the latest SOLAS regulations.
The ship is well suited for expedition cruises among small isles. It offers good open deck viewing areas, also used when sailing. Its two Zodiacs (inflatable rubber boats) are used for passenger landings and wildlife watching in inaccessible for the ship waterways.
The experienced crew of 12 includes 2 tour guides. The ship can accommodate a maximum of 33 guests in 16 cabins - 1 Triple Private with porthole, shower, toilet), 9 Twin Private (with porthole, shower, toilet) and 6 Twin Private Inside (with shower and toilet). Cruise passengers range from their 30s to their 80s, with the majority usually between 30-55-year-old.
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