Damen Marine Components to supply steering system for SunStone Ships

Damen Marine Components to supply steering system for SunStone Ships
The fifth Infinity-class vessel will be a sister to Greg Mortimer, which was delivered in September 2019 (Image: SunStone Ships)

Damen Marine Components (DMC) will supply the rudders and steering gear for Ocean Discoverer, the fifth Infinity-class expedition cruise vessel to be built for commercial ship management company SunStone Ships.

DMC will supply two Van Der Velden Atlantic rudders and two Van der Velden Commander rotary vane steering gear systems for the ship. The Atlantic rudder offers dependable course-keeping over long-distance, straight voyages. Similarly, the Commander steering system is ideal for long-distance vessels, with DMC’s sealing technology ensuring trouble-free operation for over 60,000 hours between inspection.

The components delivered by DMC will form a part of the twin-screw, diesel-electric propulsion system that will be supplied by propulsion specialists Brunvoll Volda.

“We are glad that DMC is part of the Infinity-class project,” said Wim Knoester, director of sales and marketing at DMC. “We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with our partners Brunvoll Volda and completing the initial agreement of ten vessels.”

Designed by Ulstein and built by China Merchants Heavy Industries, the Infinity-class vessels are 104 metres long and have capacity for up to 200 passengers and 115 crew members. Five ships have already been ordered and the first, Greg Mortimer, was delivered in September 2019 and chartered to Aurora Cruises Australia. Ocean Discoverer is scheduled for delivery in September 2022.

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Alex Smith
By Alex Smith
14 November 2019

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