VARD has delivered the first hybrid electric icebreaking cruise ship fitted with LNG propulsion.
The Norwegian shipbuilder handed over the seventh ship to the French cruise company PONANT – the Polar exploration ship ‘Le Commandant Charcot’.
‘Le Commandant Charcot’ is a hybrid electric Polar exploration ship with icebreaking technology powered by LNG.
She is a Polar Class PC2 ship that includes environmental initiatives, such as 100% waste sorted on board and waste treatment.
The ship will also be fitted with facilities and equipment for research, providing the scientific world with a platform for observation, research and analysis to study water, air, ice, and biodiversity in extreme Polar regions.
‘Le Commandant Charcot’ has an overall length of 150 m, a beam of 28 m.and is of around 30,000 gt with a cruising speed of 15 knots.
She was developed by PONANT, Stirling Design International, Aker Arctic and Fincantieri subsidiary VARD and was built by Vard Tulcea in Romania and Vard Søviknes in Norway.
The vessel can accommodate 245 passengers in 123 staterooms, in addition to a crew of 215.
Attilio Dapelo, VARD’s General Manager Business Unit Cruise said: “The delivery of this amazing vessel is a true evidence of the high technical competence in our engineering and production departments. The technical result is unique; we are proud of the job we have done together, and we wish to thank everyone involved for the dedication and the commitment showed all along this project.”
Arnt Inge Gjerde, Vard Søviknes Yard Director (pictured), added: “We have built this fantastic ship in the good spirit of VARD with excellent teamwork, dedication and solution-oriented mindset. We are proud to deliver this one-of-a-kind vessel to PONANT, fully tested and tuned for polar explorations.”