WATCH: Hybrid diesel-electric SH Diana wraps up sea trials

SH Diana, a hybrid diesel-electric expedition ship being built for the British cruise line Swan Hellenic, has completed its sea trials.

Courtesy of Helsinki Shipyard

The ship’s builder, Finnish Helsinki Shipyard, confirmed in its social media update that the SH Diana returned from a “successful shakedown cruise” on Sunday evening, 19 March.

SH Diana headed for sea trials at the end of last week, following the float-out that took place on 23 January at the Finnish shipyard.

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The vessel will leave for its maiden cruise, leaving Palermo in Italy for Lisbon in Portugal on 15 April. Diana will then make its way up the West Atlantic seaboard of Europe for explorations of the Arctic.

The Panama-flagged polar ice-class expedition ship is classed by Lloyd’s Register. The vessel features hybrid diesel-electric engines and has a capacity for 192 guests and 141 staff. At 12,100 gross tonnage, the ship spans a length of 125 metres, a beam of 23 metres, and a maximum draft of 5.45 metres.

It can achieve a maximum speed of 15.5 knots and a cruising speed of 14.5 knots. Its endurance is 8,000 nautical miles/40 days.

The order for the hybrid vessel was placed in 2020.

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Video source: Helsinki Shipyard