Sembcorp Marine subsidiary LMG Marin has secured its first polar expedition cruise ship design contract, signed with Brodosplit Shipyard of Croatia.
The ship will be constructed for Quark Expeditions, which specialises in expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic on board purpose-built expedition vessels. It is scheduled for completion by Q3 2020.
LMG Marin will deliver a basic design package in the contract with Brodosplit Shipyard.
The polar expedition cruise ship will be 128 m in length and have capacity for 200 passengers and 116 crew.
The vessel is tailored for operations in polar and distant regions and will be built according to DNV GL polar class PC (6) standard. A statement explained that it will be fully compliant with safe return to port requirements, in addition to a lifeboat capacity accommodating all people on board.
The cruise vessel also features a top deck with infrastructure for two helicopters; cabins with large windows or private balconies; a spa and wellness area; and two restaurants.
“Passenger ships have always been an important market for us,” LMG Marin managing director Torbjørn Bringedal said. “Throughout our 75 years of operation, we have designed more than 100 ferries, ropax vessels and passenger vessels of various kinds, built at shipyards worldwide. The contract with Brodosplit for Quark Expeditions’ new polar expedition cruise ship marks an important breakthrough for LMG Marin in our focus on larger ropax and passenger vessels.”
Sembcorp Marine president and chief executive Wong Weng Sun said “We are pleased that LMG Marin has won its first polar expedition cruise ship design contract. This major milestone reinforces the company’s arctic ship design capabilities which, coupled with Sembcorp Marine’s engineering expertise, will be critical to our future business opportunities and growth.”