Spido Crowns 100 years of existence with sixth ship
At the start of September, Royal Spido launched a new, exceptionally luxurious passenger ship called the 'Princess Amalia'. The sixth ship in the fleet represents the crowning achievment in the year during which Spido celebrates its 100th anniversary and celebrates having received the 'Royal' designation. For the new ship, Metaglas supplied all the aluminium windows and doors for the hull.
Shipyard de Hoop designed and built the passenger ship that, though it looks like a luxury private yacht, is still recognisable as a Spido ship. Patrick Janssens, De Hoop director, told the magazine Binnenvaartkrant that building the ship was a long and intensive process. The ship had to be beautiful and luxurious, fast with little resistance and have low fuel consumption. According to Janssens, the Princess Amalia has set a new standard: it will be the model for numerous ships in the years to come.
While building the ship, considerable attention was paid to the environment and to the issue of sustainability. For instance, solar panels have been installed, residual heat from the engines is captured to heat water on board and lightweight aluminium was chosen for the hull. Metaglas supplied all of the aluminium windows, doors and sliding doors for the main and the top deck. The products' sleek profiles gives the ship the luxurious look both Spido and De Hoop wanted.
Princess Amalia will be deployed as an event ship for the top market segment. The passenger ship can accommodate up to 250 guests. 25 luxury guests can stay in the luxurious VIP rooms.