Lindblad & Ulstein Celebrates Keel Laying Of Second Polar Cruise Vessel
The keel laying of Lindblad’s second polar cruise vessel was celebrated by the Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. and Ulstein Group at the CRIST shipyard in Gdynia, Poland. The official naming ceremony of the vessel also took place on this occasion. To honour the legendary explorer James Cook, it was named the National Geographic Resolution.
James Cook was the first one to navigate Antarctica, cross the Antarctic Circle and to reach Hawaii. He was the captain of various ships in his career; however, the MS Resolution was his favourite one.
The new vessel is the sister ship to the National Geographic Endurance that is being completed at Ulstein Verft.
The Polar Class 5 Category A Vessel which has the capacity of 126 will feature Ulstein’s X-BOW. It is a distinctive bow that not only gives the benefit of fuel efficiency but also improves the comfort of the guests in rough seas. It also provides a very high class which will help access Polar Regions. The expanded fuel and water tank in the ship helps in the extended operation in remote areas. Stability is ensured by the zero speed stabilizers be the ship at zero speed or full steam ahead.
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The ceremony was conducted in a traditional way. The commemorative silver coin was laid. It is the Hawaii Sesquicentennial half dollar that was struck in 1928 by the United States Bureau of the Mint in honour of the 150th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s landing in Hawaii. Owned by Sven Lindblad, this rare coin depicts Captain Cook and a Hawaiian chieftain on the reverse.
Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. Which works in partnership with National Geographic is an expedition travel company to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. The organisation works to bring in new programs for marine expedition and to promote the conservation and preservation of sustainable tourism. The education-oriented journeys help the passengers to interact, talk and learn from the scientists, naturalists, and researchers along with witnessing stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of-the-art exploration tools.
The design of the ship has been developed by the Ulstein Group. It is responsible for completing the ship and its delivery from Ulstein Verft in Ulsteinvik, Norway.
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