Solar Battery Systems For Polar Cruise Ship


Naval architects have designed a luxury expedition cruise ship possessing a range of energy saving and emissions reductions technologies.  The vessel can undertake unrestricted ocean voyages.


Naval architects Knud E. Hansen has designed a luxury expedition cruise ship based on a range of energy saving and emissions reductions technologies.  This ship would open for the worldwide operation including Arctic and Antarctic regions.

The vessel features a solar and battery power provisions and can take up itineraries up to 21 days with 300 passengers on board.  The vessel is designed for unrestricted ocean voyages with its ice- strengthened hull and has a double hull covering all hull machinery and service spaces.  The salient features of the ship are as below:

  • Specifically designed to operate safely in heavy seas and high winds.
  • It can be operated in narrow passages and small ports.
  • Vessel has three main fire zones and exceeds the safe-return-to-port requirements.
  • Propulsion and maneuverability are delivered by two Azipod units’ and two bow thrusters.
  • There are four medium-speed diesel generators in two separate engine rooms.
  • Solar cells help in offsetting the vessel’s electrical load.
  • Advanced LED lighting and smart control systems contribute to the low electrical load of the vessel.
  • Highly insulated windows and outside window walls combined with latest solar power technology. 
  • All public facilities including an observation lounge are concentrated on two decks.
  • Availability of glass aircraft hangar.
  • There are 150 standard passenger cabins arranged on three decks and crew accommodation on two lower decks.
  • Large sea garage and retractable overhead davit are arranged at the transom for easy launching and retrieval of up to 15 Zodiac-type boats and jet-skis for short passenger excursions.
  • An ROV with camera equipment for observation of the underwater environment up to 3,000 meters below the sea.

Knud E. Hansen has designed its first vessel, the Lindblad Explorer in the year 1960 specifically for transport of passengers in Polar Regions.  Recently, the company has introduced the polar expedition vessel Fram and two ferries for the government of Newfoundland and Labrador, also for sailing in heavy ice conditions.

Principal Dimensions

Length overall

: 139.40m

Length between perpendiculars

: 120.20m

Breadth moulded

: 20.50m
Design draught

: 4.80m

Deadweight at design draught

: abt 1350t

Service speed

: 18 knots

Source: PortNews IAA