The first ever PC2 Polar Class luxury cruise ship, this hybrid electric icebreaker is powered by Liquified Natural Gas—cutting edge technology that makes PONANT a pioneer in environmental protection.
PONANT is working with international experts to execute this world first.
- Aker Arctic, a company specializing in the development and design of the most demanding icebreaking vessels
- Wärtsilä for Dual Fuel diesel engines
- GTT, the supplier of an storage technology for LNG Fuel
- ABB, a supplier of Azipod® Units and electric hybrid structures
- And the ship design was created in joint co-operation by Stirling Design International and Aker Arctic.
With just 135 staterooms and luxury service, the innovative vessel is “Clean Ship” certified and environmentally friendly. The ship will take passengers to never explored polar destinations, such as the true geographic North Pole (90 degrees North Latitude), the Weddell Sea, the Ross Sea and Peter I Island.
The head of PONANT expeditions shared his thoughts:
“With this extraordinary tool for exploration we are going to have available, we are working with a brand new concept in travel. The PONANT Icebreaker is going to enable us to visit places previously unexplored until now due to their extreme remoteness. I’ve already imagined winter expedition cruises across the Nunavut ice field, and to Greenland, to get within close proximity of the Inuit camps.
Our passengers will be able to leave the ship and go out onto the ice for an immersive experience of this hunting people’s way of life. Similarly, we will also be able to get up close to the emperor penguins that inhabit the ice shelves in the Antarctic. As for the Geographic North Pole, it will no longer be an inaccessible dream. PONANT will soon have at its disposal the very first passenger ship capable of reaching this mythical destination.”
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