Friday 15 May 2020

Le Commandant-Charcot - the first hybrid electric ship to run on LNG

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“Despite cruising being on pause for the moment, at PONANT we have been busy behind the scenes as we continue with the next and final stages in the construction of Le Commandant-Charcot, our future high-polar exploration ship” reports Monique Ponfoort, PONANT Vice President Asia Pacific.

“The segment-defining luxurious Le Commandant-Charcot, our hybrid-electric polar exploration vessel propelled by LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), has left the Vard shipyard and arrived at the Søviknes shipyard in Norway to complete the next stages of her construction before awaiting delivery in April 2021.”

Monique added “In 2021-2022, her inaugural season, Le Commandant Charcot will take her 270 guests to far flung polar destinations in absolute luxury, many accessible for the first time. This is not exaggeration. Our guests will be able to experience the Arctic, including the very furthest north one can travel, the Geographic North Pole, and down south, the far reaches of the Antarctic, much of which still remains practically unexplored, while travelling in luxury on the most environmentally sensitive of ships, offering unprecedented experiences: imagine seeing these icy panoramas from a hot air balloon, exploring on electric hovercraft, assisting scientists, or, for the qualified, diving beneath the ice.”

Watch – Le Commandant Charcot arrives at Søviknes Shipyard in Norway

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An exceptional ship designed to minimise its environmental impact

Le Commandant-Charcot will be the first hybrid electric ship running on LNG (Liquid Natural Gas), a major innovation marking PONANT’s commitment to sustainable tourism. This PC2 Polar Class ship is designed to safely sail in extreme polar regions while consuming the cleanest energy available.

An opportunity for scientific research and conservation

PONANT has announced Le Commandant-Charcot will be made available to the scientific community. With laboratories, equipment, dedicated staterooms and personnel, the ship will offer a platform for observation, research and analysis, thereby participating in the global effort to study and conserve the poles. Thanks to its cutting-edge technology, Le Commandant-Charcot will be able to access remote areas that were previously difficult for scientists to reach.

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