Ponant in pole position
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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