Oceanwide Expeditions: Janssonius technical float-out

Janssonius, the new expedition ship and twin of the Hondius: technical float-out in Croatia for the Oceanwide Expeditions unit.

A new ship but with the same spirit. “It doesn’t happen every day that we have such an important reason to celebrate, but today is one of those days,” declared Oceanwide Expeditions. They are celebrating the technical float-out of the new Polar Class 6 ship, the Janssonius, built in the Brodosplit shipyards in Split, Croatia.

Designed in a similar style to the last ship built for Oceanwide, the Hondius, the new Janssonius represents one of the most technologically advanced and structurally fortified expedition cruise ships on the planet. “We are very pleased to welcome another ship similar to the Hondius,” affirmed Oceanwide CEO Michel van Gessel. “The Hondius has performed exceptionally well in the Polar Regions and we look forward to offering identical services and quality exploration trips with the Janssonius in the Arctic and Antarctica.”

Janssonius was not just custom designed for the maximum safety and speed, but also built to have the least environmental impact, using LED lighting, biodegradable paints and lubricants, heating with steam and flexible power management systems that keep fuel consumption and CO2 levels low.

For Oceanwide, the Janssonius represents more than a just an exciting new addition to the fleet. It is a symbol of the company’s growth in worth and of their great confidence in the polar travel sector. Thanks in part to the recent investment by Bolster Investment Partners, Oceanwide Expeditions continues to be a solid and optimistic company with the power to plan itineraries, book trips and build vessels at the forefront of the polar cruise industry.

The new unit was named after Jan Janssonius, the 17th century Dutch cartographer, publisher and engraver and son-in-law of the Flemish cartographer Jodocus Hondius, for which the ship Hondius was named.

The Janssonius will be completely ready to start its first season in the Antarctic this coming November. Don’t miss out on updates, information and Reviews of Oceanwide Expeditions on Cruising Journal, with opinions, advice and cruise offers.

Emanuela Daniele