Ponant order the worlds first electric hybrid icebreaker

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Ponant order the worlds first electric hybrid icebreaker

PONANT, the leader in luxury polar expeditions, confirmed the order for the first electric hybrid icebreaker propelled by Liquefied Natural Gas. The new ship, to be named PONANT Icebreaker, was created by Stirling Design International and Aker Arctic, and will feature 135 staterooms. PONANT Icebreaker will take its 270 guests to never explored polar destinations, such as the true geographic North Pole (90 degrees North Latitude), the Weddell Sea, the Ross Sea and Peter Island. With its innovative environmental features, the ship will be Clean Ship certified.

Ponant Icebreaker will feature:

  • A fleet of 16 expedition Zodiac dinghies
  • 2 on-board helicopters
  • Azipod propulsion units
  • An exterior designed by Sterling Design International
  • Dual fuel engines
  • A reinforced hull providing Polar Class PC2
  • 135 cabins and suites, 68 with patio doors and private balcony
  • 2 Panoramic restaurants and one grill restaurant
  • A Spa and wellness centre

Nicolas Dubreuil, Head of expedition at PONANT, said "With this extraordinary tool for exploration we are going to have available, we are working with a brand new concept in travel. 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."

PONANT Icebreaker will embark on its maiden voyage in 2021.

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Established in 1988 by Jean Emmanuel Sauvée and a dozen officers from the French Merchant Navy, PONANT is the world leader in luxury expeditions and the only French-owned cruise line. Today, PONANT is leading the way with a new style of luxury cruising through a unique conception of sea travel which combines exceptional itineraries and luxury hotel services, aboard luxurious smaller-scale ships.


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