The following is the text of a news release from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding:
(SOMERSET, Mass.) — Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corp., has delivered the first of three new sightseeing vessels for Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises Inc. in New York City. This follows the shipyard’s delivery of three sister ships to the company in 2009.
According to Costas Markou, president and chief operating officer of New York Cruise Lines, “The new vessels will offer guests an enhanced sightseeing experience on every level. Notably, visitors will enjoy upgrades in classes of service and the introduction of a variety of new and innovative experiences, including improvements in content and entertainment options, viewing sight lines, as well as enhanced food and beverage selections.”
Like the earlier vessels, the new 600-passenger all-steel vessel, Circle Line Bronx, is designed by DeJong and Lebet N.A. in Jacksonville, Fla., and measures 165 feet in length with a 34-foot beam.
With a top speed of 14 knots, the vessel is powered by twin Cummins QSK-38M1 diesel engines, delivering a total of 2,600 hp, connected to ZF W3355 gear boxes spinning 60-inch, five-bladed bronze propellers. For dockside maneuvering, the vessel is equipped with a 125-hp Wesmar bow thruster powered by an electric motor. Two 140-kW generators supply the ship’s service power. The vessel carries 8,200 gallons of fuel and 4,000 gallons of potable water.
The pilothouse is equipped with port and starboard wing stations in addition to the center console.
Interior accommodations include space for loose seating and tables for 275 passengers in the main cabin. The second deck provides space for seating and tables for another 150 passengers indoors, plus reserved seating for up to 50 VIP passengers and outdoor seating for 88 passengers. Aft of the pilothouse on the third deck is outdoor seating for 84 passengers under a fixed canopy. The cabins are arranged for significantly improved concession areas, cocktail bars and wheelchair-accessible heads. Heating and air conditioning is supplied by a 210,000-Btu diesel-fired boiler and six 10-ton water-cooled chillers.
The crew room, located below the main deck, is outfitted with storage cabinets, a refrigerator, shower and head, and walk-in cooler.