Due to the success of its new Polar Class 6 ship, ‘Hondius’, Oceanwide Expeditions has ordered a sistership to be built at the same yard – Brodosplit in Croatia.
‘Janssonius’ is scheduled to be completed in October, 2021. She will have the same passenger capacity as ‘Hondius’ (174), an almost identical size and design, and will be a Polar Class 6 ice strengthened vessel equivalent to a 1A Super Ice Class ship.
Like ‘Hondius’, ‘Janssonius’ will b equipped with a number of advanced systems and features specifically designed for Polar voyages throughout the Arctic, Antarctica, and the sub-Antarctic.
She will have a protected indoor Zodiac loading area that can also be used for sea-based activities, such as kayaking, and there will be two separate gangways to further facilitate ship-to-shore operations. Her stern and bow thrusters will also enable ‘Janssonius’ to drift or remain comfortably stationary.
One of the decks will contain a dedicated observation lounge complete with a separate lecture room. Numerous cabin categories will also be available. Six of the suites will have balconies. There will also be eight superior cabins with balconies, 19 twin deluxe cabins, 14 twin window cabins, 31 twin porthole cabins, two triple porthole cabins, and four quadruple porthole cabins.
The ship will measure 107 m in lengthwith a beam of 17.6 m. She will be powered by two main engines delivering 4,200 kW and enabling speeds of up to 15 knots. Similar to ‘Hondius’, her propulsion system will include an adjustable pitch propeller, flexible power management, and a shaft generator as opposed to a diesel-driven generator. This will keep ‘Janssonius’ at the lowest fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emission possible, the company claimed.
he ship will also employ LED interior and exterior lighting, bio-degradable paints and lubricants, steam heating that will use a minimum amount of electricity, and a waste heat recovery system that will be used for the production of fresh water.