Construction of the polar exploration vessel Le Commandant Charcot of Ponant, the French expedition cruise line, has started at Vard’s shipyard in Tulcea in Romania with the traditional steel cutting ceremony taking place on 6 November.
Delivery of the new flagship, the most ambitious ever designed both in terms of travel experience and respect for the environment, is scheduled for 2021, Ponant said in a statement.
“The vessel will bear the name of a great French explorer: Le Commandant Charcot. An explorer by vocation with a true passion for sailing, Jean-Baptiste Charcot is one of the emblematic figures of French polar expeditions. By naming its forthcoming polar exploration vessel after him, Ponant is paying tribute to this 'gentleman of the poles,' a man respected by all,” the company said.
Le Commandant Charcot will be the first exploration vessel to surpass the ecological standards set out in international regulations. An electric hybrid vessel, it will be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
Designed for intense polar explorations, and with PC2 Polar Class certification, Le Commandant Charcot will push back the boundaries of imagination, by sailing to the Geographic North Pole.