Empress of the North

Builder: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

Designer: Guido Perla & Associates Inc.

Mission: Passenger cruises along Alaska/BC Inside Passage and Columbia River

Length: 360′

Beam: 58’4″

Depth: 20′  Design Draft: 12′

Maximum Draft: 13′ 2 1/2″ 

Air Draft: 52′ with stacks retracted and pilothouse dome deflated

Propulsion: Integrated AC-DC diesel-electric; (4) Caterpillar 3516B engines with Kato generators outputting 8 megawatts at 600 VDC to GE propulsion switchboard; GE transformers and SCR drives 

Paddlewheel: 42′-dia. powered by 1,000-hp GE 752 DC TEWC motor

Sternthrusters: (2) Schottel STP 1212 azimuthing rudder-propeller powered by (2) 2,000-hp GE DC Innovation motor

Bowthruster: Schottel jet pump powered by 1,000-hp GE 752 DC motor

Auxiliaries: Caterpillar 3506, 315kw emergency generator

Speed: 14+ knots with rudder-propellers and paddlewheel 

Passenger/Crew Capacity:  Certified for 235 passengers;  224 fixed passenger berths in 112 staterooms, 2 ADA compliant; 83 crew 

Tankage (Gallons): Fuel, 75,345; water 58,325 

Delivery Date: August 2003

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