Knud E. Hansen unveils sail-assisted wind cruise vessel

Knud E. Hansen unveils sail-assisted wind cruise vessel
The sail-assisted ship aims to offer guests an eco-friendly and intimate adventure cruise (Image: Knud E. Hansen)

Danish ship design firm Knud E. Hansen has unveiled concept plans for a sail-assisted wind cruise vessel. 

The 110-metre adventure ship is designed to offer guests a more intimate experience as it can only accommodate 100 passengers and can dock in smaller, less-visited harbours due to its modest length and shallow draft. 

The new vessel will also appeal to the growing eco-tourism segment as it operates using a combination low-sulphur diesel and wind power. As a result, it exceeds the requirements of Emission Control Areas and the International Maritime Organization’s forthcoming sulphur cap which will take effect in January 2020. A large battery bank also enables the ship to produce zero emissions in port and in protected areas. 

Knud E. Hansen’s new design features a modern rig by Detlev Loell Ingenieurbüro. It comprises three free-standing masts, each with a fully battened main sail and adjustable trailing-edge flaps for optimising lift. The sails are computer-operated and are designed for optimal performance even in light winds. The rig and four diesel-electric engines will allow the vessel to cruise at 15 knots in most operating conditions. 

Onboard, the ship comprises 46 passenger cabins and 2 deluxe cabins, all of which offer ocean views and many of which have private balconies. There is a Sea Lounge in the ship’s hull with underwater windows for viewing marine life. There is also a sun deck, a restaurant, bar, library, card room and open deck café. Available recreational equipment will include inflatables, jet skis, diving gear and remotely operated camera equipment for underwater observation. 

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Elly Yates-Roberts
By Elly Yates-Roberts
Tuesday, June 25, 2019