Le Commandant Charcot is delivered to Ponant

Le Commandant Charcot has been delivered to Ponant by Fincantieri’s subsidiary Vard: a luxury cruise ship designed for polar itineraries and extreme routes.

Le Commandant Charcot has a gross tonnage of approximately 30,000 tonnes, a length of about 150 metres and a beam of 28. The ship can accommodate 245 passengers with 123 cabins and a crew of 235.

The delivery was of significant importance as it represents the first commissioning of a ship with hybrid icebreaker technology with LNG propulsion for this particular unit. Liquefied gas is already in use as a cruise ship fuel on much larger vessels belonging to other ship owners. This is complemented by high-capacity batteries to supplement the propulsion thrust.

In addition to Ponant’s own engineers, Stirling Design International, Aker Arctic and, of course, VARD Shipyards were involved in the construction of Le Commandant Charcot. The expedition ship is capable of covering extreme routes from the geographic North Pole to the Weddell Sea, but also the Ross Sea and Peter I Island.

The new Ponant vessel focuses not only on technological innovation but also on high ecological and safety standards, and is designed to protect the environment, which is extremely sensitive to the future voyages of Le Commandant Charcot.

The ship is due to start its first 18-day voyage to Antarctica on 31 October. More details and information about itineraries and prices are available on the official website → Ponant.

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Gabriele Bassi