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Construction of LNG-fuelled polar exploration vessel begins

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French-owned cruise line Ponant has announced that it has started building a new LNG-fuelled polar exploration vessel.

The vessel will be named after a great French explorer: Le Commandant Charcot. It is scheduled for delivery in 2021, and will feature the latest technology to minimise its environmental impact. It will also feature a scientific laboratory that will be used for operational and research missions on oceanographic research.

The vessel will be built at the Vard shipyard in Tulcea, Romania. It will be an electric hybrid vessel, powered by LNG, and designed for intense polar explorations. It will feature the PC2 Polar Class Certification.

Jean Emmanuel Sauvée CEO and CoFounder of PONANT, said: “I am proud to be involved in the inception of a project that marks the culmination of 30 years of effort. Exploring little known lands and sharing and transmitting our passion for the sea and for nature have always been our driving forces. Our fervent desire is that our passengers, being in daily contact with scientists and experts, and meeting with the local populations, become ambassadors for the protection of these regions.”

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