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Storylines and Brodosplit shipyard renew ship building contract for residence ship

Storylines, a pioneering company in the residential ship industry, has renewed a shipbuilding contract with Brodosplit shipyard based in Split, Croatia, to construct the world’s first environmentally sustainable private residence ship.

The signing of the construction contract marks a significant milestone in the realm of maritime innovation. The vessel, to be named Narative , will combine luxury living with environmental responsibility.

The vessel will be 778ft (233m) and accommodate 531 private residences, using liquid natural gas (LNG) propulsion, making it a first in sustainable maritime transportation.

Storylines’ CEO Alister Punton explained, “The shipbuilding contract was renewed as a necessity due to the enormous change in global circumstances, which have affected commercial and technical supply chains affecting the finances of the project.”

Brodosplit’s president of the board Tomislav Debeljak added, “Since the last contract, a lot of work has been completed for the ship’s design in preparation for the construction. The technical teams from both sides have worked together intensively with external experts in the fields of hydrodynamics, noise and vibration; also with experts of main equipment suppliers and Lloyd’s Register classification society. Today, we have a vessel with design-implemented improvements concerning sustainability, cyber security, propulsion & drive, etc. We have an eco-friendly vessel of optimal performance in accordance with applicable rules and regulations.”

Unlike traditional cruise ships, Narrative is purpose-built for residential life at sea, offering an array of amenities and facilities. From a post office and school to a solar-powered hydroponic garden and waterfront marina, the ship is intended to provide a sense of community and self-sufficiency.

It features the largest wellness centre at sea, encompassing a 10,000-square-foot area dedicated to spa treatments, fitness and holistic health services.

The commitment to sustainability extends beyond propulsion, with initiatives such as waste-to-energy conversion, a zero-waste farmer’s market and a farm-to-table restaurant showcasing Storylines’ dedication to eco-conscious living.

The pricing of the residences aboard Narrative range from $1 to $8 million, with limited co-ownership opportunities available starting at $598,000.

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