SunStone Ships, the company utilising the distinctive Ulstein-design bow on the hull of expedition ships it charters to the likes of Aurora Expeditions and Albatros Expeditions, is on the cusp of announcing a new series of up to 10 vessels.
According to SunStone Maritime Group boss Niels-Erik Lund, the new Boundless class of ships will be around 125 metres in length, 20 metres longer than its Infinity class ships that it charters on a long-term basis, such as the brand-new Sylvia Earle. The longer Boundless vessels, which also feature the inverted bow design and will be able to accommodate around 20-30% more passengers than the Infinity class.
Riviera Maritime Media reports the Boundless class order comprises 4 firm vessels and six options. They will not be produced in China, like the Infinity class vessels.
“We have more and more clients that do not go to polar regions and for non-polar regions, ships can have more passengers and be more efficient,” Lund is reported telling PST.
“These ships will still be expedition ships but geared to warm water expeditions.”
The Boundless class vessels will be future-proofed, enabling them to adapt to alternative and new sources of power as they become available.