Albatros Expeditions claims new environmental performance record

Firm says Ocean Victory delivers lowest greenhouse gas emissions per passenger in the industry
Albatros Expeditions claims new environmental performance record

Albatros Expeditions

A rendering of Ocean Victory and Ocean Albatros

By Rebecca Gibson |

New expedition cruise vessel Ocean Victory will deliver the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per passenger in the industry, according to operator Albatros Expeditions.

Ocean Victory, which has successfully completed sea trials, is part of a new generation of low-energy vessels being built at China Merchant Heavy Industry’s yard in Haimen, China. The ship will use 60 per cent less energy than those of comparable size and type. “We look forward to the day when we can replace the last 40 per cent with sustainable fuel,” said Søren Rasmussen, owner and founder of Albatros Travel Group.

In addition, Ocean Victory has been built to comply with Ice Class 1A, Polar Code 6 requirements and has an X-Bow hull designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions to help cut fuel consumption and provide a smoother voyage. The ship also has zero-speed stabilisers, dynamic positioning technology, environmentally friendly amenities in all 93 staterooms and various other green technologies.

“First of all, Ocean Victory has Tier 3-compliant engines, the cleanest engines in the world that limit the amount of nitrous oxides,” said Hans Lagerweij, president of Albatros Expeditions. “Secondly, we only burn marine gas oil, which emits less carbon dioxide per ton burned compared to a heavier bunker fuel. Thirdly, the patented and revolutionary Ulstein X-bow is fantastically efficient, especially with surf and in rougher seas. And lastly, Ocean Victory has a fully optimised compact design, providing comfortable space for 185 guests in only 104 metres length and just over 8,000gt.”

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