SunStone Takes Delivery of First Expedition Cruise Ship Built in China

The first expedition cruise ship built in China has been delivered to Miami-based Sunstone Ships. The vessel is the first of potentially ten Infinity-class polar expedition ships to be built at the China Merchants Heavy Industries Haimen shipyard China for Sunstone. The vessel was named Greg Mortimer after the founder of the Australian company Aurora Expeditions, who has … [Read more...]

Ulstein Delivers World’s Biggest Plug-In Battery-Powered Vessel

Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein says it has delivered the world’s largest plug-in battery-powered hybrid vessel, Color Hybrid. The ship was delivered from the company’s Ulstein Verft to Color Line. The Color Hybrid features new solutions to reduce noise and emissions, including five-megawatt batteries that can be charged from shore power stations in Sandefjord. Ulstein … [Read more...]

Ulstein Unveils RoPax Concept Design

Norwegian shipbuilding group Ulstein has unveiled a concept design for a roll-on/roll-off passenger vessel featuring its trademark X-Box hull design. The company says it sees the RoPax market as a segment that is primed for growth with fleet renewals expected in future. The company’s X-Bow hull design was originally designed to support harsh environment offshore oil and … [Read more...]

Linblad Orders Second Polar Expedition Cruise Ship at Ulstein

Expedition cruise company Lindblad Expeditions (NASDAQ: LIND) announced the signing of an agreement with Norwegian shipbuilder and designer Ulstein to build a second new polar vessel, expanding the line's National Geographic polar fleet to four ships. Lindblad Expeditions is an expedition cruise tourism company that operates cruises in partnership with National … [Read more...]

SunStone Orders Second Ice-Class Expedition Cruise Ship

Miami-based expedition cruise ship owner SunStone Ships has exercised an it option to construct an additional ice-class expedition vessel at China Merchants Heavy Industry shipyard. In 2017, SunStone signed a contract with CMHI calling for the construction of a single ice-class expedition vessel to be built by CMHI in China. The contract included options for a total of nine … [Read more...]