SH Minera transiting Germany’s Keil Canal on the primary leg of her journey to succeed in Antarcitca (Swan Hellenic)

Dec 9, 2021 6:10 PM by

The Maritime Government

The primary of the brand new luxurious expedition cruise ships, the SH Minerva, was delivered to her house owners and has begun a positioning voyage to Antarctica earlier than her maiden voyage later this month. The ship additionally represents the relaunch of one of many oldest model names within the instructional and expedition cruise market.

The ten,500 gross ton SH Minerva was formally accomplished and handed over to Swan Hellenic on December 3 by the Helsinki Shipyard. The vessel, which was accomplished in simply 26 months from contract signing, departed Cuxhaven, Germany on December 6 after making her approach by way of the Kiel Canal. Her first scheduled cease is in Tenerife as she sails to Ushuaia, Argentina from the place the vessel’s maiden cruise will start on December 29. The primary expedition is scheduled to final 10 days crossing the Drake Passage and visiting the South Shetland Islands and cruising across the Antarctic Peninsula.

A personal naming ceremony for the SH Minerva came about on the shipyard on November 23 and was adopted by closing sea trials. Helsinki Shipyard stories that the trials went based on the plan and had been accomplished inside a demanding schedule demonstrating the cruise ship’s maneuverability and stability to prime pace.

The brand new cruise was purpose-designed as the primary in a sequence of three polar expedition vessels. Whereas the vessels will function worldwide cruising, there was a powerful give attention to high-latitude operations. The SH Minerva incorporates a 5-megawatt diesel-electric propulsion system with selective catalytic discount and a PC5 ice-strengthened hull with extra-large stabilizers for improved passenger consolation. 

The SH Minerva is designed to be utterly self-sufficient for as much as 40 days or 8,000 nautical miles. The vessels are outfitted with exhaust fuel cleansing, superior wastewater remedy methods, and the waste storage services required for working in delicate polar areas. As well as, preparations have been made to implement battery know-how that might make it attainable to function silently. 

Like the opposite new cruise ships being constructed for the expedition market, the SH Minerva gives luxurious lodging for her passengers in addition to facilities together with a restaurant, lounge, and membership room with massive home windows for viewing the surroundings in addition to a stargazing platform. She has a capability of 152 passengers in 76 cabins and suites and is operated by a crew of 120.

The SH Minerva will likely be adopted by her sister ship the SH Vega (NB517) and the marginally bigger NB518, that are each already beneath building at Helsinki Shipyard.

The Swan Hellenic model dates to the Fifties when a father and son crew within the U.Ok. launched excursions to Greece and started working instructional journeys on chartered Greek passenger ships. The model developed a loyal following and within the Nineteen Eighties was acquired by P&O which offered devoted vessels. The model turned a part of Carnival Company after the P&O acquisition however in 2007 they introduced that they had been ending operations. The model was bought to a sequence of buyers and for a time revived by the All Leisure Vacation Group, earlier than that firm filed for chapter in 2017.

The present buyers bought the model in 2020 and introduced plans to relaunch operations as a luxurious expedition cruise line. The keel for the second cruise ship, the SH Vega, was laid in February 2021 and he or she is because of enter service within the spring of 2022 adopted by the third cruise ship earlier than the top of 2022.