Po­nant in pole po­si­tion

Cruise Weekly - - News -

PO­NANT has com­menced the con­struc­tion of its po­lar ex­plo­ration ves­sel Le Com­man­dant Char­cot, with the of­fi­cial steel cut­ting cer­e­mony tak­ing place this month at the Vard ship­yard in Ro­ma­nia.

The flag­ship ves­sel is ex­pected to be de­liv­ered in 2021 and has been de­scribed by Po­nant as the most “am­bi­tious ever de­signed both in terms of travel ex­pe­ri­ence & re­spect for the en­vi­ron­ment.”

Le Com­man­dant Char­cot will be pow­ered by liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas and when op­er­a­tional will un­der­take “in­tense po­lar ex­plo­rations” and sail to the Geo­graphic North Pole.

“Ex­plor­ing lit­tle-known lands and shar­ing and trans­mit­ting our pas­sion for the sea and for na­ture have al­ways been our driv­ing forces,” said Po­nant CEO Jean Em­manuel Sau­vee.

“Our fer­vent de­sire is that our pas­sen­gers, be­ing in daily con­tact with sci­en­tists and ex­perts... be­come am­bas­sadors for the pro­tec­tion of these re­gions.”

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