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March 17, 2018
Steel Cut for First SunStone Newbuild in China
China Merchants Group officially cut steel for the first of up to 10 newbuild expedition ships for SunStone ships at a ceremony at Haimen in Jiangsu Province.
CMIG General Manager Xianfu Hu said: “Cruise manufacturing is a target specified in the Made In China 2025 initiative and will accelerate China’s cruise Industry development. Under CMG’s strategy to develop a comprehensive cruise industrial chain, we aim to be China’s leading equipment manufacturer in the industry. We will use expedition cruise ships as a starting point and work towards manufacturing of mid-large scale cruise ships.”
Also present at the signing was SunStone CEO Niels-Erik Lund.
The first ship has been named the Greg Mortimer and will be chartered to Aurora Expeditions for the 2019-2020 Antarctica season.
Ulstein Design and Solutions will supply the design and equipment package for the new SunStone expedition ships, as well as the supervision for the building of the vessels.
The ships will have between 80 and 95 staterooms, depending on configuration, and be classed by Bureau Veritas.
CMIH has also entered into an agreement with Mäkinen, which will establish a cabin assembly plant and interior workshop at the shipyard’s facilities, and will be responsible for all interior spaces on the newbuilds.
March 13, 2018
Rebecca Gibson catches up with CMI Leisure president and CEO Dietmar Wertanzl for an update on the evolution of the small-ship and expedition cruise market.
March 2, 2018
Honing in on several key culinary trends, an interactive (and tasty) case study in Seatrade Cruise Global's new Cruising Innovations Theater will look at enhancing the on-board experience with regional and farm-to-table cuisine to create memorable experiences for guests.
March 1, 2018
“Time flies when you are having fun” is a saying many of us are familiar with. I have to say that the second full year of operations for our young company has certainly flown by. We had some fun along the way. Fortunately, 2017 gave us some steady growth; a trend that we are excited to share will continue in 2018.