LNG engines

Will the LNG engines directly drive the propellers or will they generate electricity to power electric engines that drive the propellers?

The LNG will be powering what is basically a power station. We have four generators and they’ll be producing electricity, which will be producing at around 6,600 volts. That power will then be distributed around the ship in different voltages. And part of that will go to the propulsion of the ship.

Can the ship use biofuel?

The ship will be able to use bio LNG and we’re hoping to source that wherever we can. LNG is not available in every place in the world where we’re going as not every country has the infrastructure. We have to use gas oil in some places, which we are prepared for. Our goal is to utilize bio LNG whenever possible as it becomes more readily available.

Will it be possible to replace the LNG engines with a more environmental solution in the future, perhaps a hydrogen fueled system?

Yes. That is part of the reason why we want a generator as a power station so that in the future, if the technology gets to the point where we can use fuel cells, then we can replace those engines with hydrogen fuel cells. Instead of carrying LNG, we would carry hydrogen.

 Does the ship have the ability to use secondary substitute fuel?

The ship’s primary fuel is LNG but we also carry as the secondary fuel, ultra low sulfur marine gas oil. That will be used as a reserve in case of the LNG fuel system not working or LNG not being available.

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Wastewater Treatment System

Does sewage get discharged at sea?

Sewage is treated by an advanced wastewater treatment system which treats blackwater to clean water. While it can be safely discharged at sea, Storylines spends most of our time in port so our waste is mostly pumped ashore.

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Life-saving Equipment

The safety of passengers and crew is of paramount importance while ships are conducting their activities. Therefore, ships must carry appropriate life-saving appliances, including lifeboats, lifebuoys, life-jackets, life rafts and other safety appliances to be used by passengers and crew in case of emergency to protect their lives at sea.

Does the ship have enough life boats?

Yes. There are many regulatory organizations that oversee the ship’s construction and operation. Maritime law indicates the need for a sufficient number of lifeboats for the maximum capacity of passengers including crew.

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Ship Details

What is the gross tonnage and maximum passenger capacity?

The current tonnage is estimated to be 65,000.

The maximum number of people on board due to lifesaving equipment restrictions is 1948 (including crew). We anticipate about 1,000 passengers and 450 crew on average.

What is the ship length?

The ship length is  753 feet.

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Safety and Security

The vessel’s design is based on the requirements, guidelines and recommendations of SOLAS, ISPS code and IMO

Security Measures. Like most cruise liners, MV Narrative engages the services of special security teams whose vessels escort us through certain geographical regions. In addition, the vessel registers with the required reporting agency when entering any high risk areas and remains in daily contact with the agency while in the reporting area.

Security Staff. A high level of onboard security is maintained throughout the operation of the vessel and specific staffing varies based on our location. With security monitoring all public areas, MV Narrative’s highly trained onboard security staff ensure that your home at sea is always kept safe and sound. While in port, security is provided at both the port and vessel entry points. The vessel also features:

Lookouts: In higher risk areas, Storylines utilizes additional lookouts at elevated points with distance viewing equipment including thermal and night vision.

Full security team: Crew and residents conduct drills with special attention paid to access points, lockdown conditions and bridge team in the unlikely event that emergency protocols need to be applied. Storylines has a designated security officer responsible for upholding all protocols.

Safety Equipment. Although generally not discussed publicly in detail, these include highly trained staff, surface radar, electrified anti-boarding measures, mirrors on bridge wings, bright search lights, razor wire coils, water spray cannons and foam dispensers. The safety equipment aboard MV Narrative is designed to meet or exceed the highest of international standards. In the unlikely event of an emergency, the vessel has a shipwide PA system and its highly trained staff is ready to handle any situation. The vessel also features:

Safety cameras: A ship wide common surveillance and general broadcast camera system use the ship’s data network. The onboard surveillance system consists of high-definition, color cameras with continuous recording capabilities. Positioning of cameras for security purposes is based on the ship security assessments, including cameras at all vessel access points, entry points to sensitive areas and bridge visibility blind spots. In addition, the system includes cameras at selected exterior view locations capable of transmitting real-time images to the flat screen TVs located inside of the apartments of both residents and crew.

Locks: All lockable doors have locks organized into master key systems, depending on their status and purpose, to allow control of access to each area of the ship. All access points are limited and controlled with sensors and remote locking where possible.

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Regulatory Inspections

What regulatory body inspects our ship? Who does the inspections?

Lloyd’s Register, the Bahamian government that we are flagged under, US Public Health and US Coast Guard are all regulatory bodies that will make inspections. The flag reflects the maritime law under which the ship sails.

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Shipyard & Delivery

Is Brodosplit Shipyard a reputable builder?

Yes, we selected Brodosplit shipyard because they have delivered more than 450 ships of all types; from merchant and passenger vessels whose length ranges from 100 to 300 meters to some types of specific purpose vessels and polar expedition vessels including Quark Expeditions’  Ultramarine.

The company has been operating for 100 years and it is part of the DIV Group, one of the most competitive companies in Europe.
The current production program is filled with the construction of passenger and tourist ships (cruise ships and luxury yachts), all with unlimited navigation areas including the polar regions. Among Brodosplit’s current projects:

– World’s largest square-rigged ship – 162 m / 531 ft
– Polar cruise ship – 107,6 m / 196 Passengers / 72 Staff & Crew
– Polar expedition cruise ship – 128 m / 200 Passengers / 116 Staff & Crew
– Passenger ship – 105 m / 420 ft
– Three-Masted Sailing Ships – 63,95 m
– Multipurpose container vessel – 165 m / 541 ft / 1450 TEU / DUAL FUEL (LNG/HFO)
– Mega section for Fincantieri Group

Storylines has secured excellent references and will station a very qualified team on the ground at the yard to supervise. In addition, our project manager Dr. Paul Read and his team at Gelen Marine have an excellent track record and reputation for delivering high quality projects on time and on budget.

Where will the ship be delivered to?

The itinerary of the ship has not been fixed yet but delivery will be from Split, Croatia.

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Construction Phases and Milestones

What are the phases of construction and the key milestones?

At the moment we are in the initial design phase. Drawings have been carried out for engineering design, interior design, and operation design. We have also produced specifications for the entire ship. That specification is going to be signed with the ship building contract – the first construction milestone.

The next phase will be the detailed engineering design. We’ll produce detailed engineering drawings, production design, and we’ll start cutting steel. That will be a milestone, the first cutting of steel.

The next phase is building sub-blocks. Those sub-blocks of steel will be made into larger blocks. Those larger blocks will be outfitted in some way: piping, cabling, cable trails.

Then the next milestone is the keel laying. This is when they’ve constructed at least 50 tons of steel into a block and they put the blocks on the slipway where they’ll continue outfitting the ship. The blocks continue to be built upon until they form a ship.

The next milestone will be the engine installation of the four main engines.

Then when the ship gets to a certain weight, the next milestone after that is launching, when the ship goes down the slip, into the water and is taken to a berth. At the berth, they carry on outfitting, painting and finishing. Then they start commissioning out the machinery and the systems. 

Following that, the next milestone is sea trials, when the ship is taken to sea for the first time. It will be tested at sea, running through loads of different operational tests to check if everything is working. After any issues, problems or snags have been sorted out, then the ship is complete.

Then delivery, when the ship is completed and accepted by the residents. That’s when we’ll have a naming ceremony.

 



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Energy Saving Measures

What are some of the energy saving measures onboard?

The entire ship design has been undertaken with sustainability and energy efficiency in mind. There are various systems throughout the ship which are taking these into consideration. The air conditioning system is going to be integrated with an artificial intelligence system which will detect whether the unit is occupied or unoccupied, and it will adjust the flow rates accordingly. It will also detect whether the balcony door is open, and shut off the system if the door is opened. The AI system is also integrated with other aspects of the cabins such as the blinds. If we’re sailing with the sun on one side and there’s a number of cabins that are unoccupied, the AI will close the blinds in those cabins to reduce the load of the air conditioner. We’re also recovering and using waste heat from the engine exhaust and cold recovery from cooling the LNG to use in other systems to give heat and cooling. We have solar energy onboard to give us more electricity for systems such as the vertical garden. We have an intelligent lighting system with LEDs. We have energy saving devices off the hull to reduce the friction and we have low friction hull coatings. There are many energy efficient systems on board. Sustainability is one of our key design aspects.

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Ocean Crossings

What is the top speed for ocean crossings?

The top speed possible in calm weather conditions will be around 40 knots but we’re generally going to be cruising around 10 knots. Even on an Atlantic crossing, we’ll stick to the lower speeds.

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Moving On Board

Will moving on board proceed in stages?

We will try to sail on the delivery date. So that means that moving in will likely happen slightly before that. The ship’s residential units will likely be finished before the other public areas. It will be in sea trials at that time, so just ironing out the snags, so people can move in before the delivery date. But most likely, we’ll move in stages since we don’t want everyone rushing on the ship at the same time. The stages are going to be announced closer to the sailing date.

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