Italian helm for the Dutch shipyard’ passengers bet
Damen appointed Capt. Trevisan as Sales Director Cruise New Building
Damen Shipyards Group appointed Andrea Trevisan of Italy – already its Sales Manager North, West and South Europe since 2012 - as its new Sales Director Cruise New Building, pursuing ambitions to further expand its standing in the Expedition and small size Cruise Vessels market.
He will oversee Damen’s global commercial and marketing activities with regard to new build cruise vessels. “I will be a sort of Damen brand ‘Ambassador’ for the cruise industry, working in close coordination with our well established regional sales organisation and with my colleagues Henk Grunstra, Product Director Cruise and Ferries, and Hadewych Reintsema, Design and Proposal Manager Cruise” said Trevisan, who admitted to be “so excited to return to my cruise roots; actually I have been dreaming cruiseships since I was a child, and no I am looking forward to meeting the enthusiastic representative of this fascinating industry!”
Having completed his University studies in Venice, a Master Mariner, Trevisan had worked for Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. as First Officer for three years from 2002 to 2005.
The shipbulding and shiprepair group based in Gorinchem, not far from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, is currently working with some potential clients, although this is kept as very confidential. “We have a concept for a of 112 pax Expedition vessel but of course, considering the need of customizing the product is essential in this kind market, since one cannot build on speculation on cruises”.
In October 2016 Damen Shipyards Group unveiled its Expedition Cruise Vessel design; the result of a partnership unique in the industry, the vessel benefits from unparalleled collective experience. With Damen taking the lead, the design also draws on the skills and expertise of two additional parties: Expedition Voyage Consultants Ltd and the Danish Naval Architect firm, Knud E. Hansen.
The Damen Expedition Cruise Vessel has been designed for expedition operations in both remote polar and tropical regions. The vessel’s Polar Class 6 compliance and 30 days autonomous cruising capability ensure to be globally capable to tackle challenging, far-reaching itineraries; the design is prepared to comply with SOLAS’ Safe Return to Port requirements.
Because the capabilities of an expedition ship directly impact the quality of experience its passengers have, Damen concentrated not just on the onboard comforts but also the onboard logistics. This was furthered with significant practical input from Expedition Voyage Consultants.
For the propulsion system Damen selected a diesel-mechanical hybrid configuration.
Designed to be ‘battery ready’, the vessel could be equipped with an energy storage battery system capable of various functions such as peak-shaving, provision of supplementary power for manoeuvring or silent sailing operations and auxiliary generator UPS. This hybrid propulsion technology is the most fuel efficient option available; in combination with hull design and effective use of electricity on board, it will reach fuel consumption and CO2 reductions of 20%.