World's largest windjammer

26 Sep 2007

Star Clippers have been in discussions with shipyards to build a new five-mast vessel for delivery in 2010. Expected to be the largest, most expensive sailing vessel ever constructed, the 7,400 gt barque is modelled on ?France II?, which at 5,000 gross tons was the world's largest sailing ship when it was launched in 1912. The ship will be 157 metres long and 18.5 metres at the beam with a draught of 6 metres. The vessel will carry 37 sails for a total of 6,350 square metres of sail surface area. The rig will extend 65 metres above the waterline and the open deck area will be 2,500 square metres.

Although 48% larger than Star Clippers' ?Royal Clipper?, currently the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world, the newbuild will carry only 30% more passengers, with a double-occupancy capacity of 296 and a crew of 140. The ship has been designed to make it capable of operating independently of any port infrastructure. With its Ice Class C hull, extra heavy anchor gear, davit dampening system and specially modified tenders, the ship will be able to sail virtually anywhere in the world.

The newbuild will be constructed to the highest environmental, safety, comfort and security specifications to qualify for Det Norske Veritas certification. The propulsion system is diesel-electric, employing two Caterpillar generators that burn clean low-sulphur marine gas, instead of heavy fuel oil, powering two Siemens electric propulsion motors to drive the twin screws.

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