Flag of Registry: Panama
LOA: 170 ft 0 in
Beam: 35 ft 0 in
Maximum Draft: 10 ft 0 in
Displacement: 960 lbs
Engine Brand: Twin Fairbanks Morse
Engine(s) Total Power: 1660 HP
Engine Model: 38D8-1/8
Engine Type: Inboard
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Cruising Speed: 12 knots @ 750 RPM
Maximum Speed: 14 knots
Year Built: 2010
Fresh Water Tanks: (5500 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (26500 Gallons)
Number of cabins: 14
Number of heads: 16
Length: 160' (48m) , Breadth: 35' 0' (10,5m)
Draft S.W.: 10' 2'' (3m)
Gross Tonnage: 961 tons , Net Tonnage: 307 tons
Fuel Consumption: 3.8 tons MGO /24 hrs in operation full speed
Propulsion: 2 x Fairbanks Morse 38D8 5 cylinders, 1660 Hp for both, completely overhauled 2010
Power supply : 2 x Cat C4.4 100kW, 1 x Cat C4.4 45kW, 1 x Paxman 145kW
Cruising Speed: 11 knots
Fuel capacity: 26,500 gal (100 000 liters),
Water capacity: 5,500 gal (20 000 liters)
History and Current Refit
Built in 1966 by Collingwood Shipyard on special request of the Canadian Coast Guard Dept, she (GSV Nicollet) was first used as a sounding vessel in the lakes and rivers of north Canada in extreme cold conditions. In 1997 she was sold to a private canadian company and refitted as a 44 passenger vessel. From 1998 to 2004 MV Echo des Mers was the support of Whales watching trips on the St Laurence River. The company stopped its activity and she was sold, then moored, in the St John's River in north Florida in 2007. In 2009 she was acquired by Aldabra Business Company Ltd, partner of Indian Ocean Explorer Cruise ltd in order to replace its former ship to support cruises and expeditions to remote Islands in the east part of the Indian Ocean and Mozambique Channel. The 2010 refit objective was to transform the vessel to a true Expedition Yacht equipped and prepared to cruise up to 2 months at high sea without land support. The two main engines have been entierly overhauled and can is considered by her owners to be in brand new condition! In order to secure future repairs and maintenance, a third complete engine has been bought as a spare and is now stored within the ship. 3 generators have been replaced with new economic and quiet Caterpillar units, A/C units, watermakers units and new toilet systems have also been installed. Passenger cabins have been reduced from 19 to 13 (25 passengers) in order to get more space for leisure. The vessel has been equipped with 3 brand zodiacs and one flat boat to facilitate landing on islands. The owners report a total interior area dedicated to passengers is about 5000 sq meters (500m2), or 53,800 sq feet. On the 2 decks dedicated to fishing, diving and relaxation are about 3000 sqf (300m2) or about 32,300 sqare feet. One large swim platform was built to provide a safe and large access to the fishing and diving deck.
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