Lindblad Expeditons and Ulstein Verft celebrated a milestone of the first polar new build in the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet with the steel cutting on January 5, 2018 in Ulsteinvik, Norway. The ceremony marked the production start for the expedition ship, which is scheduled for delivery in 2020.
The steel cutting ceremony was supervised by Janusz Stechly at DNV-GL and yard representatives Ole Osnes Gjerde and Marek Lewczuk.
The state-of-the-art polar vessel is designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions as the ultimate expedition platform with a focus on safety and comfort. A core feature is the patented X-BOW, that provides fuel efficiency while significantly improving guest comfort in rough seas; and a very high ice class for access deep into polar regions. The ship’s expanded fuel and water tanks provide for extended operations in remote areas; while the zero-speed stabilizers will ensure stability underway, whether at zero speed when stopped for wildlife observation, or embarking/disembarking the ship.