SunStone Ships, Inc. has announced an agreement with China Merchants Industry Holdings Co. Ltd. to build a third Infinity-class expedition ship, to be named Ocean Victory. This newbuild will be delivered in March, 2021. SunStone’s President & CEO, Niels-Erik Lund commented, “We are pleased with the rapid adoption of the Infinity-class vessels. It seems our European design and technology, combined with lower overall operating costs ticks all the boxes for the small and expedition-ship market.”
SunStone has signed a long term time charter contract for the Ocean Victory. The vessel will be technically managed by Cruise Management International, Miami. Hotel operations will be handled by CMI Leisure, Miami. The ship building contract was signed at the offices of Stephenson Harwood, SunStone’s legal advisors in connection with the Infinity class vessels. The three day meeting in Paris included a total of 20 representatives from:
– CMIH - contract partner for building the vessel.
– China Merchants Heavy Industry - shipyard building the vessel
– SunStone Ships - contracting party on behalf of the buyer
– SunStone Marine Advisors - company supervising the construction of the vessel
– Ulstein Design and Solution - Norwegian company who has designed the vessel from a technical point of view, and who is responsible for the delivery of the technical equipment package, supervising the technical construction of the vessel
– Makinen, Finland - responsible for the construction of all interior spaces of the vessel
– Tillberg Design USA - interior designer for the vessel
The first Infinity-class ship, named the Greg Mortimer, is scheduled for delivery August 2019 and goes on charter to Aurora Cruises, Australia.