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    Mar 2006
    Munich, Germany

    Default new paddlewheeler cruise ship on the river Elbe in Germany

    thought you might be interested in this, though it's far away in Europe, precisely on the river Elbe in Germany:

    The French cruise line CroisiEurope has christened her newest river cruise ship, the Elbe Princesse II, which is pretty unique as it is propelled by two paddlewheels at the stern. I've been cruising with her last week for a few days (see, though in German only), took a lot of pictures and talked to the pilot and chief engineer.

    Each of the paddleweels is powered by a diesel engine which is directly connected to the paddlewheel through a driving rod (hope this is the correct term for it). There is a sister boat, the Elbe Princesse, where they used hydraulic pumps to propel the paddlewheel but found that there is too much maintenance and the hydraulic pumps are too expensive when they need replacement. So for the second boat they changed to the new system.

    The boat doesn't have rudders but is beeing steered through a set of pump jets. In addition it has a bow thruster for maneuverability when docking.

    The system has been developed by the STX ship yard in France in cooperation with engineers from the cruise line itself.

    There is an image gallery of the boat, paddlewheels, pilot house and engine room here:

    and a video of the paddlewheels in action here:
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