The "Schweizerische Bodensee Schifffahrt AG" (SBS Schifffahrt AG) operates the MS St. Gallen in the context of a federal concession as a cruise ship on Lake Constance. The ship is used to carry up to 650 passengers and operates mainly on the Upper- and the Überlingersee. In the future, it will also be used for event special trips with up to 240 banquet guests.
The conversion of the MS St. Gallen in the winter of 2019/20 comprises the complete interior fittings in the passenger area, the propulsion system and the auxiliary systems. In addition to adapting its technical systems to the state of the art, the operator strives to significantly increase the attractiveness of theme rides and events. The 51.2 m long and 249 t passenger ship MS St. Gallen, commissioned by SBS AG in 1967, is powered by two SLM diesel engines and two Escher Wyss variable pitch propellers. Two diesel engines from Scania, each with 368kW of power and fixed pitch propellers, will be the new driving force.
The time window for the entire conversion and the new engine is six months. The intended re-commissioning of the motor ship is scheduled for early March 2020. By mid-April 2020, the ship should be able to resume normal operation.