The SS Catherine is the first out of three ships with diesel electric propulsion for Uniworld River Cruises. We used our knowledge from the off shore vessels that we build to create a complete new redundant propulsion system for the inland sailing ships.
Redundancy is created by use of 6 generators divided over three engine rooms and three switchboard rooms. In each engine room there are two generators and one, electric driven, thruster. Each engine room has its own main switch board and frequency converter for the propulsion. The three main switch boards are connected to each other in such a way that the maximum redundancy is created. During commissioning it was almost impossible to create a black-out; this was only achieved after disconnecting the starter batteries of the generator sets. Each time we tried to make a black-out the system started up a new generator and prevented the wanted black out.
The ship is further equipped with 8 touchscreens to control and monitor systems like ballast valves and pumps, lowering and raising wheelhouse, sun awnings, railings and masts, draught and height over water and tank quantity. With almost 200 technical alarms the system can monitor almost every technical/electrical aspect on board the vessel. The control and monitor system is built redundant with two controllers; if one controller fails the second takes over with no dips automatically. Crew members can use the system on different operating levels so members don’t interfere with each other responsibilities.
The interior with many mirrors, baroque wall coverings, marble washbasins, king-size beds, a glass elevator with water fall and specially for the ship made oil paintings makes that you feel home in this luxurious environment . The 135-metre-long cruise ship has especially been designed and built to cruise along the French river Rhône with American passengers. There are 86 state rooms forpassengers and 30 cabins for crewmembers. Divided over the 3 decks up to 166 guests and 55 crew members can be accommodated.