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Chantiers de l’Atlantique to build world’s largest sailing vessel “Orient Express Silenseas”

16 Jan 2023

The Orient Express recently unveiled the world’s largest sailing ship, Orient Express Silenseas

The ship is the result of a unique French partnership between Accor and shipbuilding company Chantiers de l’Atlantique and will set sail in 2026.

“With Orient Express Silenseas, we are beginning a new chapter in our history, taking the experience and excellence of luxury travel and transposing it onto the world’s most beautiful seas. This exceptional sailing yacht, with roots in Orient Express’ history, will offer unparalleled service and refined design spaces, reminiscent of the golden age of mythical cruises. Innovation is at the heart of this ultra-modern ship that will revolutionise the maritime world with new technology to meet today’s sustainability challenges. It is a boat designed to make dreams a reality, a showcase for the best of French savoir-faire,” said Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, Accor.

“With a signed letter of intent to order two ships, Chantiers de l’Atlantique is proud to herald a new era in the shipbuilding industry with Silenseas. This concept, born in our design offices in 2018, is the quintessence of our savoir-faire in the fields of naval architecture, the construction of sophisticated hulls, as well as the design of luxurious spaces, said Laurent Castaing, Managing Director, Chantiers de l’Atlantique.

“In addition, the installation of three SolidSail rigs, a revolutionary 1,500-square-meter unit wind propulsion system, for which we have developed and tested a first prototype, will contribute significantly to the propulsion of the ship. Combined with a hybrid propulsion system running on liquefied natural gas (LNG), Silenseas will thus become the ship of reference in terms of environmentally-friendly operation and design.”

A 220-metre-long ship with a tonnage of 22,300 UMS, Orient Express Silenseas will feature 54 Suites measuring on average 70-square-metres.


Photo credit: Orient Express
Published: 16 January, 2023

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