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Vard cuts steel for Ponant's new polar expedition ship
Vard has cut the first pieces of steel for Ponant’s electric hybrid polar expedition cruise ship at its yard in Tulcea, Romania. Named in honour of French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Le Commandant Charcot was jointly designed by Stirling Design International and icebreaker specialists Aker Arctic. The 135-room vessel is expected to be delivered in 2021. Le Commandant Charcot will meet Cleanship environmental standards and will have dual-fuel engines from Wärtsilä that will primarily run on LNG, as well as electric batteries that will enable her to operate without engines for two to three hours. ABB’s Azipod units will provide propulsion, while systems for energy optimisation, energy recovery and advanced wastewater treatment will help to reduce her environmental impact.
LE BOUGAINVILLE ready for transit to Norway
Ponant's 3rd Explorer class expedition cruise ship is ready for transit from Tulcea to Norway, where the ship is going to be completed.http://cruisedeck.de/le-bougainville-bereit-zur-ueberfuehrung/
Keel-laying ceremony held for HANSEATIC INSPIRATION
On October 18 the keel-laying ceremony was held at the VARD shipyard in Romania for HANSEATIC INSPIRATION, the second of the two new expedition cruise ships built for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The hulls of both HANSEATIC INSPIRATION and sister HANSEATIC NATURE are being built in Tulcea, Romania, and will then be towed to VARD's Langsten Shipyard on the west coast of Norway for final outfitting and commissioning. Both HANSEATIC NATURE and HANSEATIC INSPIRATION are built to the highest ice class for passenger ships, although they are also designed for operation in tropical waters, including the Amazon. When operating in Antarctica, the passenger capacity for each vessel will be reduced from 230 guests to 199 guests. The maiden voyage for HANSEATIC INSPIRATION is set for October 2019 – HANSEATIC NATURE will follow in April 2019. https://www.shippax.com/en/news/keel-laying-ceremony-held-for-hanseatic-inspiration-.aspxNews schreiben