July 28, 2018 - On May 9, 2017, the construction of the hull of the HANSEATIC nature started with the first floor cut in Tulcea, Romania. In the course of 14 months, the outer hull of the future Hapag Lloyd Cruises expedition ship was built in the dock of the Romanian branch of the Norwegian VARD shipyard. After the completion of the work, the shell of the HANSEATIC nature is on its way to Norway.
Shell construction HANSEATIC nature photo: © Bogdan Vasilescu
Before the start of the towing process, the 6.500-ton hull was lowered into the water using a lifting platform. The speed of the towing formation is given as 6 to 8 knots. Depending on the weather conditions, the towing process will take between 24 to 28 days. The hull is pulled by the deep-sea tug "Diavlos Force". The journey is about 4.000 nautical miles. Waymarks are the Bosphorus near Istanbul and the Strait of Gibraltar.
The towing route photo: © Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Following the arrival of the towing convoy in Tomrefjord, Norway, the second construction phase begins with the interior work at VARD Langsten Werft. The christening of HANSEATIC nature has been scheduled for April 12, 2019 in Hamburg.
Together with the structurally identical sister ship HANSEATIC spirit, Hapag Lloyd Cruises is establishing a separate class in the fleet. The small and agile expedition ships are given the highest ice class for passenger ships (PC6). The two new buildings are also set up for trips to hot water regions. Both ships guarantee their passengers expedition experiences in polar regions or on the Amazon and the greatest possible proximity to nature.