How Den Breejen Shipyard is delivering shipbuilding satisfaction

The shipyard continues to dominate river cruise construction with an eye for the future
How Den Breejen Shipyard is delivering shipbuilding satisfaction
Den Breejen Shipyard has over twenty years of experience in building river cruise ships

By Alex Smith |

Netherlands-based Den Breejen Shipyard prides itself on providing a high degree of customer satisfaction, which is a result of 20 years of river cruise experience and a focus on quality and value for money. As a specialist in the design, engineering and construction of luxury river cruise ships, the shipyard makes its clients’ wishes a priority from the design phase onwards, while integrating the latest innovations in marine development.

The shipbuilder recently delivered the 135-metre Avalon View for European cruise line Avalon Waterways. Similar to the other Suite Ships in the fleet, Avalon View features Panorama Suites with wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows. The latest vessel is the 19th river cruise ship the yard has delivered to Avalon Waterways and showcases small evolutions to the original Suite Ships design, such as a new bridge layout, a different sewage system and several interior upgrades.

The Dutch firm has continued to fill its busy order book for 2020. Multiple cruise operators in Europe will be employing the shipyard’s services this year, including PCE Fondsmanagement. Den Breejen will construct three identical luxury ships for the German investor, the first of which, called Travelmarvel Polaris, will be delivered in March 2020.

Construction has also begun on Emerald Waterways’ three-tiered Emerald Luna which will offer a range of unique characteristics and amenities when she enters service in March 2021. They will include a heated swimming pool that transforms into a cinema.

As any industry player will know well, sustainability is high on the agenda of all cruise lines, ferry operators, terminal managers and shipbuilders. Den Breejen is adapting to this increasing demand by developing new options for alternative power and propulsion solutions, such as diesel-electric and hybrid solutions. It is also able to fit vessels with battery packs to enable them to sail fully electrically for short distances and it has started researching hydrogen fuel cells to prepare for future requests.

“We work alongside our clients to select and implement the design and technical innovations that are appropriate to each newbuild,” says Ilona Kamsteeg-Den Breejen, owner and director of Den Breejen Shipyard. “As river cruising continues to thrive, Den Breejen’s business will continue to flourish.”

This article was first published in the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of Cruise & Ferry Review. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed.

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