Quark Expeditions has ordered a Polar expedition cruise ship at Croatian shipbuilder – Brodosplit
To be built to Polar Class 6 standard, the ship will be constructed specifically for operations in the Arctic and Antarctic.
The Croatian Government decided to issue a warranty for a refund of the buyer’s advanced payment, which secured the construction financing and fulfilled one of the conditions of Quark’s agreement.
The new ship will accommodate 200 pax in 103 cabins and will be have 116 crew members. She will be 128 m long and 21.5 m wide, fitted with four main engines with diesel-electric gensets producing a total power of 4,400 kW giving a 16-knot top speed.
Vessel design and project documentation is being provided by LMG Marin from Norway. The vessel is scheduled for completion in time for the 2020/2021 Antarctic sailing season.
Tomislav Debeljak, Brodosplit Board Chairman, said; “Securing this agreement proves, among other things, that the most important international clients have recognised us as a shipyard capable of building and delivering highly complex ships.
“This agreement is the result of our innovative approach, and our ability to deliver on our clients needs. By building this ship, Brodosplit will continue to build our already strong reputation as one of the best shipbuilders in the market. In addition, we are pleased to share that The Government of the Republic of Croatia has recognised that this contract will have a significant, positive effect on the Croatian economy, and that the HBOR stands firmly behind this great export deal that incorporates 75% domestic production,” he said.
Among the many features of the new ship will be two simultaneously operable helidecks, allowing for the exploration of some of the most remote areas of the world, and an internal Zodiac hangar designed to facilitate quicker and safer disembarkation.
The ship will also offer an exceptional hotel standard with spacious cabins, multiple restaurants, and ample indoor and outdoor observation space.