The polar vessel Greg Mortimer ready for launch

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The launching ceremony of the ‘Greg Mortimer’, the first polar expedition cruise vessel in SunStone Ships’ INFINITY series, was held in the morning of 12 March at the CMHI yard, China. The steel cutting ceremony of ship number three in the series was also arranged this morning.

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The cruise operator, Aurora Expeditions, has chartered the vessel, and named her after their founder, Greg Mortimer, who also attended today’s launch ceremony.

Lars Ståle Skoge, Commercial manager at Ulstein Design & Solutions, together with Greg Mortimer, founder of Aurora Expeditions.
Lars Ståle Skoge, Commercial manager at Ulstein Design & Solutions, together with Greg Mortimer, founder of Aurora Expeditions.

According to Xianpu Hu, managing director at China Merchants Industry Group, the construction of vessel number 1 started on 16 March 2018, less than one year ago. This has been achieved due to the great cooperation with the suppliers and service industry.

First-off in China

Niels Erik Lund, president of SunStone Ships, said that more than 1.8 million labour hours have been put into this ship. “This is the first time an expedition cruise ship has been built at a Chinese yard. The progress has been smooth and according to plan. I am convinced that we will see a safe delivery of this vessel later this year, for the vessel to commence operations in the Antarctic this winter season.”

A series of vessels: Four contracts and 6 options

Ulstein’s contract is with the CMHI yard. Four firm contracts have so far been signed, and six options. The INFINITY Class vessels are 104.4 m long and 18.4 m wide. They have a passenger capacity of 130-200, and a crew capacity of 85-115, and are built to the ice standard PC5, Cat B.

Steel cutting ceremony

This memorable day also included the steel cutting ceremony of the 'Ocean Victory'.

The Ulstein representatives at the launch ceremony.
The Ulstein representatives at the launch ceremony.

Please contact us for more information

Lars Ståle Skoge, commercial director at Ulstein Design & Solutions AS
Lars Ståle Skoge

Commercial director

Tel: +47 915 81 226

lars.skoge@ulstein.com