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National Geographic Endurance

Main Particulars

DNV GL:1A, Passenger Ship, ECO,

NAUT(AW), PC(5), Clean Design,

BWM(T), Recyclable, COMF-V(1), COMF-

C(1), VIBR, Silent(E), BIS, LCS(DC)

Range: 15,000 nm at 12 knots

Speed 16.5 knots

Power: 2 x 2975 kW

Engines: 2 x GE 8L250MDC 2 x 12V250MDC

Length, o.a. 124.4 m

Loadline length 119.4 m

Breadth, molded 21 m

Depth, molded to upper deck 24.9 m

Depth, molded from freeboard 7.5 m

Scantling draft 5.7 m

Design draft, molded 5.3 m

Freeboard @ scantling draft 1.8 m

Freeboard @ design draft 2.2 m

Deadweight, max. draft 2,100 tons

Deadwegith, design draft 1,250 tons

Gross tonnage 12,300 tons

Cabins -- 12 Large balcony suites (40 sq. m.) -- 28 Balcony suites (19 sq. m.) -- 17 Standard suites (17-18 sq. m.) -- 4 Crew single (Deck 6) (21 sq. m.) -- 3 Crew (Deck 4) (15-18 sq. m.)

Photo: Lindblad Expeditions

National Geographic Endurance (above, under construction, left, rendering of completed vessel) will be delivered in early 2020. The ship is out? tted with a host of advanced technology to deliver passeners ef? ciently and safely into some of the world’s most remote regions.

Photos: Lindblad Expeditions & ABB can ? eet and the international ? eet. “The the 12,400 gt Endurance is being built to swimming in a pool on the ship, you’re was an issue.” While LNG as fuel is not

American ? eet are ships built in the U.S., accommodate 126 passengers whereas swimming in the sea. You’re getting an used today by Lindblad Expeditions, operating with American crew and U.S.- similar sized vessels for other compa- authentic experience.” he foresees the mainstream take-up by ? agged,” said Doulis. The latest editions nies are being designed and built to ac- With operations in some of the most bigger cruise companies in the not-to- to this ? eet are the National Geographic commodate 200 to 250 passengers. “On remote and ecologically pristine locales distant future.

Quest & Venture built by Nichols Broth- our ships there is much more space per on the planet, including a 35-day Ant- “I think after a few years all cruise ers Boatbuilders. passenger,” said Doulis, “more gross arctica cruise, delivering and returning ships will be built with LNG fuel. This tonnage per passenger than any other ex- passengers comfortably and safely with will be the next big thing in the cruise

Meet National Geographic Endurance pedition company.” little environmental impact is the focus industry. Instead Lindblad Expeditions

While the expedition cruise ships are The main differentiator in the expedi- of Lindblad Expeditions. opted for a diesel/electric solution with smaller than the mainstream consumer tion segment versus the larger, main- Central to is mission of operating safe- GE diesel engines at its core powering cruise ship goliaths, their mission and stream ships is the point of focus, as ly and ef? ciently is the ship’s propulsion ABB Azipods, a technology familiar to unique operating envelope demand Doulis explains. system. When selecting the propulsion Doulis from his years with Celebrity. equally high levels of preparation, de- “In the expedition sector, the ship is system for this Polar Code 5 standard ice The GE engines that are both EPA Tier sign and out? t. The latest under con- not the focus, the destination is the fo- class vessel, Doulis said LNG was con- 4 and IMO Tier 3 certi? ed, and in Dou- struction is National Geographic Endur- cus. Don’t get me wrong, the expedition sidered, but that it didn’t make sense for lis’ opinion “the most environmentally ance, a vessel that Doulis calls “the best cruise ships are functional and beautiful, this ship at this time. “We investigated friendly diesel engines that exist.” In expedition vessel ever built.” but we don’t have water slides, we don’t LNG, but given the delivery time of the addition Endurance is based on the sig-

Being built in Norway at Ulstein and have ice rinks and we don’t have roller vessel we couldn’t ? nd LNG supply in nature Ulstein XBow design, a design scheduled for delivery in January 2020, coasters … the ship is a tool to take you the areas we go,” said Doulis. “Also, proven to increase fuel economy and

Doulis said that the big differentiator to the destination safely and comfort- for our vessels, we have a redundancy passenger comfort, as the innovative hull on Lindblad Expeditions ships are the ably,” said Doulis. “Our mission is to de- allowing us to go 50,000 nm, and for a slices through the waves to help reduce space allocated for guests, noting that liver the destination. With us you’re not small vessel like that, the LNG tank size slamming and vibration.

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