The SS Joie the Vivre is the last 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.
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. Lighting can be controlled for both outside and inside, as for inside one button scenes can be created. 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.
For the interior we quote Uniworld;
‘Step aboard your floating pied-à-terre in France, featuring handcrafted furniture and fine antiques, original artwork, and signature accents inspired by 20th-century Parisian design from the Golden Twenties to the free-spirited Sixties, all blending seamlessly with modern conveniences’.
The cruise vessel is with its 125 meter length adapted to cruise the French River Seine. There are 54 state rooms, 9 suites and a royal suite forpassengers and 30 cabins for crewmembers. Divided over 3 decks up to 110 guests and 56 staff can be accommodated.