Batteries and gas fuel for icebreaking cruiser

The icebreaking ship will feature LNG-electric propulsion suppoorted by 'high capacity' batteries The icebreaking ship will feature LNG-electric propulsion suppoorted by 'high capacity' batteries

A new polar expedition cruise vessel will feature dual-fuel LNG-electric propulsion with ‘high capacity’ batteries.

The project, by French cruise company Ponant, marks the first time LNG has been deployed as a fuel on an ice-classed cruise ship.

The vessel will be built by Vard and has been designed by Aker Arctic and Sterling Design International. Vard valued the construction contract at NOK2.7 billion (€274 million). The hull will be built at Vard Tulcea in Romania, with delivery scheduled from Vard Søviknes in Norway in the second quarter of 2021.

The Ponant icebreaker will be approximately 30,000 gross tonnes, about 150 meters long, 28 meters wide, and will have a cruise speed of 15 knots in open water. The vessel can accommodate 270 passengers in 135 staterooms, in addition to a crew of 180 persons.

Roy Reite, CEO and executive director of Vard, said: “VARD has a deep experience in icebreaking technology; over generations we have built several highly advanced vessels developed for operations in polar areas.”

LATEST PRESS RELEASES

Oil quality is the key to increased up-time

Research has shown that 80% of all hydraulic failures can be directly attributed to oil contaminatio... Read more

Auramarine appointed as preferred fuel system service provider for entire MARCAS-served fleet

Turku, Finland, 09.10.2018. Auramarine, the leading provider of engine room fuel supply and auxiliar... Read more

Great anniversary year – 60 years of Geislinger & 25 years of “Gesilco®“

Geislinger GmbH, located in Salzburg, Austria, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year which coinc... Read more

MYTASKIT NAMES PACSOFT FIRST INTERNATIONAL RESELLER

Expanding its global presence, MyTaskit has signed its first international reseller. Auckland, New Z... Read more

Vickers Oils are pleased to welcome Ian Bower, Business Development Manager and Esther Murray

Vickers Oils are pleased to welcome Ian Bower, Business Development Manager and Esther Murray, Marke... Read more

SHAFT VIBRATION ELIMINATED WITH VESCONITE HILUBE

After replacing the all-rubber cutlass bearing of his new Jeanneau Sun Fast 35 Tide The Knot a frust... Read more

View all