Sunstone - Bygg nr. CMHI-196-1/-6 ved China Merchants Heavy Industry, ULSTEIN CX103 "Greg Mortimer/"Ocean Victory/Discoverer/Explorer/Odyssey"/"TBN"


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Polarskipet Greg Mortimer klart for sjøsetting

Sjøsettingsseremonien til ‘Greg Mortimer’, det første polare ekspedisjonscruiseskipet i SunStone Ships sin INFINITY-serie, vart halde om morgonen den 12. mars på CMHI-verftet i Kina. Same morgon var det også halde brennestartseremoni på skip nummer tre i serien.

Cruisereiseoperatøren Aurora Expeditions har chartra fartøyet, og kalt det opp etter sin grunnleggar, Greg Mortimer, som også deltok på dagens seremoni.

Lars Ståle Skoge i Ulstein Design & Solutions saman med Greg Mortimer, grunnleggaren av Aurora Expeditions.
I følgje Xianpu Hu, administrerande direktør i China Merchants Industry Group, blei bygginga av fartøy nummer 1 igangsett 16. mars 2018, for mindre enn eitt år sidan. Dette har dei oppnådd på grunn av det gode samarbeidet med leverandørar og serviceindustrien.

Niels Erik Lund, president for SunStone Ships, sa i sin tale at meir enn 1,8 millionar arbeidstimar har blitt lagt ned i dette skipet. - Dette er første gong eit ekspedisjonscruiseskip vert bygd på eit kinesisk verft. Framdrifta har vore jamn og ligg på plan. Eg er overtydd om at vi kjem til å få sjå ei trygg og god levering av dette fartøyet seinare i år, slik at fartøyet kan starte turane sine til Antarktis denne vintersesongen.

Ulstein sin kontrakt er med CMHI-verftet. Fire faste kontraktar med verftet har til no blitt signert. Vidare ligg det inne seks opsjonar. Alle fartøya er i SunStone sin INFINITY-serie av polare ekspedisjonsfartøy. Desse skipa er 104,4 m lange og 18,4 m breie. Dei har ein passasjerkapasitet på 130-200, og ein mannskapskapasitet på 85-115, og er bygd etter isstandarden PC6, Cat B

Kilde: Ulstein

"Greg Mortimer"

Alle foto: via Ulstein


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  • Boutique
Kilde: Vantage Travel


Illustrasjon: via Vantage Travel


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Ser SunStone planleggger å bestille skip nr. seks og sju innen Juni i år, og restrerende åtte til ti i slutten av 2019


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MIAMI, Florida, April 11, 2019 – SunStone Ships announces the signing of an agreement for INFINITY Class-vessel No. 6, continuing the European designed, Chinese built concept.

SunStone President and CEO, Niels-Erik Lund, commented, “We have worked diligently in obtaining the long term charters and shipbuilding orders for the INFINITY Class vessels and we continue to move forward with the contracts and building at a very satisfactory speed, safety and quality level”.

INFINITY Class Vessels are 104 meters long, and 18 meters wide, having a draft of 5.1 meters. They feature a passenger capacity between 130-200 and a crew capacity between 85 and 115. The Vessels are Ice Class 1A, Polar Code 6 and are being built with Safe Return to Port, Dynamic Positioning and Zero Speed Stabilizers. The Vessels are featuring the X-Bow® by Ulstein Design & Solutions. They are small enough to give an exclusive atmosphere and yet large enough to yield all expected services and facilities such as a swimming pool, bar and restaurants, lounges, boutique, gym and spa.

Current INFINITY Class new-builds under way include the GREG MORTIMER, scheduled to be delivered August 2019, the OCEAN VICTORY in September 2020, the OCEAN EXPLORER in February 2021, the OCEAN ODYSSEY in March 2022 and the OCEAN DISCOVERER in September 2022. The sixth vessel now ordered already has a long-term charter agreement in place, and this vessel will be delivered September 2021.

In addition to the six vessels already ordered, SunStone is in negotiations for four additional vessels where it is expected that INFINITY Vessel No. 7 will be signed within May and the remaining three options will be signed within 2019.


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I am getting totally confused with these Sunstone ships. The press releases of Sunstone and Ulstein are often conflicting. I thought OCEAN VICTORY was the third ship, not the 2nd?
Here, Ulstein gives a different sequence for the first four ships:

I think Sunstone is announcing the ships in the sequence of finding a charter. So, they found a charter for the sixth ship BEFORE they found one for the fifth. So, I think the ship just announced is in fact the fifth in the series, not the sixth. I'm not going to mess around with these in my own list anymore until we know how the yard numbers, delivery dates and names are properly matched up.
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Yes, struggling with the same as it seems like when contract published, hull number and delivery month/year is not in sequence, plus Ulstein is "one contract behind"

Last night I tried to figure this out and below is what I believe it might be, no guarantee that it is correct except first one :)