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Sunstone Ships Inc. to build a series of small expedition vessels

by Mike

18 March 2017 • The number of expedition ships is getting another impressive boost, with this new order for at least four ships, possibly up to ten.

USA-based SunStone Ships, the largest tonnage provider of expedition vessels to the cruise industry, with an existing fleet of ten small expedition cruise vessels on charter, and China Merchants Industry Holdings Co., Ltd. have signed a Framework Agreement for the construction of four expedition vessels (with options for an additional six vessels).

CEO and President Nils-Erik Lund has had this vision since many years and now it is becoming reality, on a moment when the expedition market is booming as never before.

Ulstein Design & Solutions will supply the vessel’s design and equipment package, as well as the supervision for the building of the vessels.

Tomas Tillberg Design International will do the hotel design.

The vessels’ main specifications are as follows:

Passenger cabins: 80 to 95

Length: 104m               

Ice Class 1A / Polar Code PC 6