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Ponant moves forward with LNG cruise ship construction

Mon 07 Jan 2019 by Rebecca Moore

Ponant moves forward with LNG cruise ship construction
The second key stage in the construction of Le Commandant Charcot has been acheived (Credit: Studio Ponant)

The keel of Ponant’s hybrid electric polar expedition vessel propelled by LNG, Le Commandant Charcot, has been laid at Vard shipyard in Tulcea, Romania.

Ponant ordered Le Commandant Charcot in December 2017, and the ship’s traditional steel cutting ceremony was held in November 2018. The keel laying took place in Tulcea, Romania, on 14 December 2018 at Vard shipyard, a subsidiary of Fincantieri.

“This second key stage in the construction of this exceptional vessel is perfectly on schedule,” Ponant said in a statement.

The launch is scheduled for 2020, with delivery in 2021.

Ponant added “Designed for a new type of cruise ship, the vessel will incorporate all the latest innovations in environmental protection, making Ponant a model of excellence in responsible tourism.

“Indeed, Le Commandant Charcot will be the first exploration vessel to surpass the ecological standards set out in international regulations. Designed for intense polar explorations, and with PC2 Polar Class certification, Le Commandant Charcot will be able to reach exceptional destinations such as the geographic North Pole and remote sites of the Antarctic continent including the Ross Sea, Charcot Island and Peter I Island.”

GTT is supplying LNG tanks to Ponant’s new vessel. Specially designed for use with LNG as fuel, these tanks will be equipped with GTT's Mark III membrane technology, already widely proven in the field of LNG transportation. The group will construct the tanks, select and co-ordinate its subcontractors, offering a turnkey solution to its partners Vard and Ponant.

The two tanks have a total capacity of 4,500 m3, allowing the ship to complete its entire route using LNG.

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