【TradeWinds View】招商局工业集团获得SunStone的探险邮轮订单(内附中英原文)

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Charterers lined up for SunStone’s Chinaexpedition cruiseship order


Tonnage provider’s pioneering deal aims to meet sector’s growth and renewal needs


 by Eric Martin


SunStone Ships has lined up charterers for fourfirm cruiseships it is ordering at China Merchant Industry Holdings (CMIH),says chief executive Niels-Erik Lund.

 

The lines that will operate the vessels will benamed once the Miami shipowner firms up the order in the next few weeks.

 

As TradeWinds reported last week, SunStoneforged a framework agreement for a series of 160 to 200-passenger ships fromthe China Merchants Group shipbuilding subsidiary, with delivery starting inAugust 2019.

 

Lund says his company, an owner of 10 shipschartered to cruise lines, is placing the pioneering order to replace oldertonnage and to meet demand growth in the market for 80 to 250-passengerexpedition vessels.

 

The 37 expedition cruiseships of this size rangein the global fleet have an average age of 28 years, he estimates.

 

“If you take those 37 ships, they all needto be replaced in the next 10 to 15 years, and in addition to that, the marketis expanding,” he said. “So it’s not only a matter of replacing tonnage, it’salso a matter of adding tonnage.”

 

While industry experts have expressed concernsabout the newbuilding orderbook for small cruiseships, Lund says many of thevessels on order will serve different market segments than SunStone’s vessels.

 

TradeWinds reported in 2012 that SunStone wasclose to ordering up to eight high ice-class cruiseships at a European yard.

 

Lund says that deal did not go through at thetime for a number of reasons, mainly price.

 

He declines to disclose the price of the orderat CMIH.

 

The vessels will be among the vanguard ofcruiseships built in China, where Carnival Corp recently placed the country’sfirst-ever cruiseship order.

 

As with Carnival’s order, experienced Europeanhands will help guide CMIH into cruise building.

 

Norway’s Ulstein Design & Solutions issupplying the design and equipment package and will supervise construction.

 

The newbuildings will be the first cruiseshipsto use Ulstein’s iconic X-bow design, which will reduce the impact of the roughwaters in which the vessels are expected to operate.

 

The shipbuilder has also hired Finland’s Makinento provide the interior spaces. It will build a cabin assembly plant andinteriors workshop at CMIH’s facilities.

 

Lund says SunStone has decided to build ships torequirements of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea(Solas) safe return to port standards, even though it is not necessary in thissize range.

 

The vessels will also receive the PC6 notationunder the Inter-national Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters and will havezero-speed stabilisers.

 

“We are really trying to build a ship thatis very comfortable for expeditions,” Lund said. “We believe this size withthese features will be the best ride for the passengers and the bestexpedition-style product.”


中文翻译

招商局工业集团获得SunStone的探险邮轮订单


船东订造探险邮轮,旨在应对该领域的发展、满足船舶更新需求

 

SunStone公司首席执行官Niels-Erik Lund表示,在中国招商局工业集团订造四艘邮轮,公司找到了船舶承租商。

 

总部位于迈阿密的SunStone Ship在未来几周内一旦确认订单,便披露租船商的名字。

 

《贸易风》上周报道,SunStone Ship公司与中国招商局工业集团签署了一份架构协议,建造一系列邮轮,船可容纳160至200名乘客,第一艘船舶将于2019年8月交付。

 

Lund表示,目前Sunstone公司旗下船队共有10艘小型邮轮出租给邮轮公司,此次订造新船是为了替换老龄船、满足市场上对可容纳80至250名乘客探险邮轮的需求。

 

他估计,全球船队中这个规模的探险邮轮有37艘,平均船龄是28岁。

 

他说:“这37艘船需在未来10到15年内被替换,除此之外,市场在不断扩大。所以这不仅仅是替换船的问题,也是增加运力的问题。”

 

虽然业内专家对小型邮轮订单表示担忧,但Lund表示,这些船和SunStone的船不一样,小型船将服务于不同的市场板块。

 

《贸易风》曾在2012年报道,SunStone公司将在一家欧洲造船厂订造多达八艘冰级邮轮。

 

Lund说,当时诸多原因致使公司未能达成交易,主要是价格因素。

 

Lund拒绝透露合同价值。

 

嘉年华邮轮公司近日在中国首次订造邮轮,SunStone订造的邮轮也是在国内建造的首批邮轮。

 

与嘉年华邮轮公司的订单一样,经验丰富的欧洲公司也将参与协助中国招商局工业集团的邮轮建造工作。

 

挪威的乌斯坦设计及解决方案公司为这批探险邮船负责提供设计和设备组合,并监督船舶建造。

 

新船将采用乌斯坦(Ulstein)标志性的X-弓形设计,在船舶运行时减少汹涌的海面对船产生的影响。

 

招商局工业集团还聘请了芬兰公司Makinen负责建造内部空间。该公司将在招商局工业集团设立一家客舱装配工厂和内部车间。

 

Lund说,SunStone公司决定使船符合《国际海上生命安全公约》安全返港的标准规定,尽管这个规模的船没有此项要求。

 

这些船将符合极地水域船舶航行安全规则PC 6的相关规定,船将配备船舶零航速减摇鳍装置。

 

Lund 说:“我们真的在尽力为乘客建造舒适的探险船。我们相信,对于乘客来说这些船的规模和功能是最理想的,将是最具探险风格的船。”


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