SMC wins first cruise ship contract

MS World Explorer The 126m long 'MS World Explorer' will be equipped with hybrid power and propulsion technology

Schulte Marine Concept (SMC) will provide technical consultancy and newbuild supervision services in its first cruise ship contract.

Working with Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services (BS Cruise), SMC, the project management arm of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), will support construction of Mystic Cruises expedition vessel MS World Explorer.

Krzysztof Kozdron, managing director of SMC, said: “Schulte Marine Concept is pleased to enter the expedition cruise newbuilding segment with an innovative vessel such as the World Explorer, which will be the ultimate benchmark for environmental sustainability and luxury cruising in remote areas.”

Construction of the 126m long MS World Explorer has commenced at the West Sea shipyard in Viana do Castello, Portugal.

The vessel will meet the latest Polar Code operating requirements and will be equipped with hybrid power and propulsion technology, which will enable the ship to cruise in environmentally-sensitive areas.

Its first cruise is anticipated to be during winter 2018.

The Mario Ferreira-led Mystic Group owns DouroAzul and Nicko Cruises, both of which will be expanding with new ships in 2018.

Mr Ferreira expects at least another three cruise vessels besides World Explorer to be delivered over the next four years, said BSM.

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