The first-ever hybrid-powered polar exploration vessel propelled with LNG with ice-breaking technology, Le Commandant Charcot, has been delivered to PONANT.
Fincantieri’s subsidiary Vard has delivered Le Commandant Charcot, polar exploration vessel
for the French cruise company PONANT.
The unique and state-of-the-art electric hybrid exploration vessel propelled with LNG has been
developed by PONANT, Stirling Design International, Aker Arctic and VARD. The vessel is designed to bring passengers to discover the polar world’s extreme unexplored lands such as the geographic North Pole (90 degrees North Latitude), the Weddell Sea, the Ross Sea and Peter I Island. The unit, classified as Polar Class 2, will fulfill the highest standards for environmentally friendly and safe operations. It is the first-ever electric hybrid cruise vessel with ice-breaking technology and dual fuel propulsion, featuring high-capacity batteries and LNG storage on board.
Guests exploring the polar regions on board Le Commandant Charcot will enjoy an indoor swimming pool, the conservatory, the panoramic restaurant, the Blue Lagoon outdoor restaurant, the Main Lounge, the Observation Lounge, the lobby… Each of the common areas has been designed to both convey French-style discreet luxury and arouse wonder and amazement. The common thread running through all the designs is the desire to allow the light to penetrate and open everything up the extraordinary polar landscapes and scenery.
Le Commandant Charcot is about 30,000 gross tons, about 150 meters long, and 28 meters wide. The vessel can accommodate 245 passengers in 123 staterooms, in addition to 235 crew members.