River cruiser build contract
A-ROSA Flussschiff GmbH has commissioned a new ship from the Concordia Damen shipyard in the Netherlands, to be delivered in early 2021.
The new vessel will be used mainly on the northern Rhine, leaving from Cologne and calling at Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Bruges and Antwerp. A-ROSA has been setting new standards in its industry for many years. "The new A-ROSA ship features a wealth of innovations, making it a world-first in the river cruise industry. It will be perfectly tailored to fit our city-trip concept for the whole family. This means we're paving the way for a new era of cruises, offering guests the perfect combination of discovery and relaxation. At 135 metres long and 17.7 metres wide – and with a fourth deck – the new ship will provide more space for us to not only meet our guests' expectations, but to exceed them," said Jörg Eichler, managing director of A-ROSA Flussschiff GmbH. "The Concordia Damen shipyard is the best partner for this project – the company is both rich in tradition and innovative, and it stands for quality and reliability," continued Eichler.
Environmental protection is a priority for A-ROSA. "We want to protect the natural areas that we travel through – and the urban areas, of course. That's why we brought Matthias Lutter on board to oversee the new ship project – he's an expert on alternative drives. Together with the shipyard, he developed an E-Motion ship that switches to battery power when approaching a city, so that it doesn't produce any emissions on the approach," said Eichler. Like all the other ships in the fleet, the new vessel will also be equipped with a shore power connection. In addition to A-ROSA's usual energy-saving and environmental protection features, the new ship will also have an optimised hull design and employ "DACS" air-bubble technology – patented by the Damen shipyard – to reduce fuel consumption. By the time the second ship – planned for 2023 – joins the fleet, it is expected that the prototype's innovations will have been further optimised.
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